Brenda Iijima grew up in North Adams, Massachusetts, and studied visual arts at Skidmore College. After teaching in China for a year, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches and edits for Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, a publisher of poetry. Iijima’s collections of poetry include Around Sea (2004), Animate, Inanimate Aims (2007), Subsistence Equipment (2008), Revv. You’ll—ution (2009), and If Not Metamorphic (2010). Her chapbook Some Simple Things Said by and About Humans won the 2014 BOAAT Chapbook Competition.
Winner of the 2014 BOAAT Chapbook Competition, selected by Ben Mirov
Rebecca Farivar is the author of Correct Animal (Octopus Books, 2011) and chapbooks Full Meal (BOAAT Press, 2014), Am Rhein (Burnside Review, 2013) and American Lit (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). She holds an MFA in poetry from St. Mary’s College of California. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, 6×6, cold-drill, RealPoetik, The Volta, Word For / Word, The American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Oakland, California.
Winner of the 2014 BOAAT Chapbook Competition, selected by Eric Baus
Yu-Han (Eugenia) Chao was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her BA from National Taiwan University and MFA from Penn State. The Backwaters Press published her poetry book, and Dancing Girl Press, Imaginary Friend Press, and BOAAT Press published her chapbooks. Her short story collection is forthcoming with Red Hen Press. She is currently revising a novel. Visit her website at www.yuhanchao.com.
Finalist in the 2014 BOAAT Chapbook Competition, selected by Ben Mirov
Daniel M. Shapiro
Daniel M. Shapiro is the author of How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013), a collection of celebrity-centered poems. His recent work has appeared in HermeneuticChaos, Rogue Agent, Maudlin House, Unbroken, and elsewhere. He is a special education teacher who lives in Pittsburgh.
Finalist in the 2014 BOAAT Chapbook Competition, selected by Eric Baus
Jessy Randall is the author of the poetry collections Injecting Dreams into Cows (Red Hen Press, 2012) and A Day in Boyland (Ghost Road Press, 2007), a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her poems and other works have appeared in Asimov’s, Many Mountains Moving, McSweeney’s, Mudfish, Opium, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rattle, and Sentence, and she occasionally guest-edits the online magazine Snakeskin. She lives in Colorado Springs, where she is curator of special collections at Colorado College.