Meet Our Contributors | Issue 63:1 | Winter 2024 – Michigan Quarterly Review

Meet Our Contributors | Issue 63:1 | Winter 2024

T Bambrick is the author of Intimacies, Received (Copper Canyon Press, 2022) and Vantage (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), winner of the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Their work can be found in The New Yorker, The Nation, and American Poetry Review. Their essay “Sturgeon” was selected for the 2018 Booth Nonfiction Prize. She lives in Los Angeles and is a Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where she studies poetry and nonfiction. She is currently working on a memoir.

Nadia Benabid was raised in Tangier, Morocco, and educated in the United States. Her translations include Frantz Fanon: A Portrait by Alice Cherki (Cornell University Press), Muhammad: A Novel by Driss Chraibi (Lynne Rienner), and I Gave You All I Had by Zoé Valdés (Arcade). She is a contributor to the Michigan Quarterly Review Fall 2020 issue on persecution for which she translated selections from the prison memoir Tazmamart, Cellule 10 by Ahmed Marzouki.

Emma Binder is a writer from Wisconsin and a 2023–2025 Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. They have received a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellowship, the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, and the Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Narrative, Pleiades,and elsewhere.

Wendy Chen is the author of Unearthings (Tavern Books), editor of Figure 1, and associate editor-in-chief of Tupelo Quarterly. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University and her PhD in English at the University of Denver. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Algonquin in 2024. Her translation of Song dynasty writer Li Qingzhao is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2025. Currently, she teaches poetry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Samuel Cheney is from Centerville, Utah. He is the winner of a 2021 Pushcart Prize and lives in Baltimore, where he is at work on his debut poetry collection.

Andrea Cohen’s most recent poetry collections are Everything and Nightshade;a new collection, The Sorrow Apartments, is forthcoming. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Yvonne Conza is a writer in Miami. She has words in Longreads, The Believer, Catapult, Joyland, Pleiades, Blue Mesa Review,and other outlets. She has been a finalist in many competitions, which has fueled a dogged determination to tell the stories needing to be told. She is Assistant Nonfiction Editor for Pithead Chapel and the co-author of the user-friendly dog training guide Training for Both Ends of the Leash (Penguin).

Mary Crow has published three collections of poems, three chapbooks, and five books of translation. Her most recent book of poems is Addicted to the Horizon, and her most recent translation is Roberto Juarroz’s Vertical Poetry: Last Poems. Her awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Colorado Council on the Arts plus three Fulbrights. For fourteen years, she served as Poet Laureate of Colorado.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach ( is the author of three poetry collections, most recently 40 Weeks (YesYes Books, 2023). Her writing has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, and Brevity,among others. Recent awards include the Hunger Mountain Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the ALR Poetry Prize, and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. Julia is working on a poetry collection and book of essays that grapple with raising a neurodiverse child with a disabled partner under the shadow of the war against Ukraine, Julia’s birthplace. She is Assistant Professor of English at Denison University and lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeffrey Gray’s poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, The Yale Review, Western Humanities Review, Fjords, The American Poetry Review,and other journals. He is the author of Mastery’s End: Travel and Postwar American Poetry andof many articles on American and Latin American literature in Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Profession,and elsewhere. He is the English translator of Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s The African Shore and Chaos, a Fable and editor or co-editor of several anthologies, including The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry and A Companion to American Poetry.

Nitya Gupta is a writer from Chicago. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she won the August Derleth Fiction Prize. She was a 2023 Tin House Summer Scholar. Her work is forthcoming in Grist

Marilyn Hacker is the author of sixteen books of poems, most recently Calligraphies (W. W. Norton, 2023), as well as two collaborative books, A Different Distance, written with Karthika Naïr, and Diaspo/Renga,written with Deema K. Shehabi, and twenty-two translations of French and Francophone poets.

Spencer Hyde’s stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Image, Meridian, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literature at Brigham Young University.

In 1958, the Colombian poet Jaime Jaramillo Escobar (Pueblorrico, 1932–Medellín, 2021) helped found the Nadaísta literary movement for those defiant in life and art. As a Nadaísta, he wrote as X-504, a name as anonymous as a license plate, so his boss wouldn’t find out he was a poet. His first book of poems, Los poemas de la ofensa (Poems for the offense), won the Nadaísta Poetry Cassius Clay Prize in 1967. For the last twenty-plus years of his life, he taught a writing workshop at the Medellín public library.

L. A. Johnson is from California. She is the author of the chapbook Little Climates (Bull City Press, 2017) and is currently a Mellon Humanities and University of the Future Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California. She is the winner of the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Greensboro Review Poetry Prize, and the Arts & Letters Rumi Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. Find more at

Sheba Karim’s fiction and essays have been featured in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, India Today, Literary Hub, Off Assignment, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, The Rumpus, Time Out Delhi, and several anthologies in the United States and India. Her young adult novels have received various awards, including the NPR Best Book of the Year and the South Asia Book Award. She lives in Nashville, where she is a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University.

Timothy Liu’s latest book of poems is Down Low and Lowdown: Timothy Liu’s Bedside Bottom-Feeder Blues. A reader of occult esoterica, he gives I-Ching and tarot readings at Mirabai (Woodstock, NY) and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (Rhinebeck, NY).

Eric Pankey is the author of many books. Two books are forthcoming: The History of the Siege from Codhill Press and Vanishments from Slant Books.

Joshua Robbins is the author of Praise Nothing (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), part of the Miller Williams Series in Poetry, and Eschatology in Crayon Wax (Texas Review Press, forthcoming). His recognitions include, among others, the James Wright Poetry Award, the New South Prize, and a Walter E. Dakin fellowship in poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word and lives in San Antonio.

J. D. Scrimgeour’s Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In and Out of Class won the AWP Award for Nonfiction. Recent essays have appeared in Blackbird, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, and Fourth Genre. His most recent poetry collection is the bilingual 香蕉面包 Banana Bread. “Bloomington” will appear in Dear Yusef: Essays, Letters, and Poems for and about One Mr. Komunyakaa, edited by John Murillo and Nicole Sealey (Wesleyan University Press).

Cathy Song is the author of five books of poetry and, most recently, All the Love in the World, a collection of interconnected short stories published in 2020. She is currently the editor of Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai‘i Literature and Arts, celebrating forty-five years of continuous publication since its founding in 1978.

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