About Noemi Press

Founded in 2002, Noemi Press is a 501(c)(3) literary arts organization based in Blacksburg, Virginia, dedicated to publishing and promoting the work of emerging and established authors and artists. Noemi is housed at Virginia Tech University.

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Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and four poetry collections— including Milk and Filth, finalist for the 2013 NBCC award in poetry. Her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds received an American Book Award. A CantoMundo Fellow, she teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the publisher of Noemi Press.

Evan Lavender-Smith

Founding Editor
Evan Lavender-Smith was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended the University of California at Berkeley and New Mexico State University. He is the author of From Old Notebooks (Dzanc Books, 2012) and Avatar (Six Gallery Press, 2011) as well as the founding editor of Noemi Press. His writing has appeared in many journals and magazines, including The White ReviewCourt GreenFenceThe Modern ReviewThe Evergreen Review, Post RoadThe Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly. Evan lives with his wife and children in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University.

Sarah Gzemski

Managing Editor

Sarah Gzemski is a poet and nonfiction writer from Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in Poetry from New Mexico State University and is the Publicity & Publications Coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Her projects have focused on disaster and feminist responses to growing up in fundamentalist religion. Some of her work has appeared in The Adirondack Review and Bone Bouquet. Her multi-genre chapbook,CENTRALIA (Porkbelly Press), was released in late 2015.


Diana Arterian

Poetry Editor
Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts. Diana is the author of the  chapbook Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and her writing and translation has appeared in Aufgabe, Black Warrior Review, and The Volta, among others.

Suzi F. Garcia

Poetry Editor
Suzi F. Garcia is a poet in the MFA Program at the University of Notre Dame, where she writes about feelings and feminism. Her work can be found in the Yalobusha Review, the Pinch Journal, NAP LOG II, Word Riot, and more. You can find her at http://suzifgarcia.tumblr.com/

J. Michael Martinez

Poetry Editor
J.Michael Martinez received the Academy of American Poet’s Walt Whitman Award for his first book Heredities.  His second book, In the Garden of the Bridehouse (University of Arizona Press), will be out Fall of 2014.  Martinez lives in Denver.

Emily Kiernan

Prose Editor
Emily Kiernan is the author of a novel, Great Divide (Unsolicited Press, 2014). She writes about islands, vaudeville, implacable but unjustified feelings of abandonment, The West, and places that aren’t the way she remembered them. Her short fiction has appeared in Pank, The Collagist, Monkeybicycle, decomP, The Good Men Project, Dark Sky, Redivider, JMWW, and other journals. She resides in Berkeley, California with her man and her dog. More information can be found at emilykiernan.com.



Emily Alex

Fiction Editor
Emily Alex is an MFA candidate in fiction at New Mexico State University, where she teaches composition and creative writing, and serves as Fiction Editor for Puerto del Sol. You can find her work in The Offing.


Mirna Palacio Ornelas

Assistant Editor
Mirna Palacio Ornelas is a queer immigrant WOC studying to get her MFA in Poetry. She grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Chih, y se perdió somewhere in Indianapolis, IN. Pero good thing que ya se puso las pilas and is now doing some working and writing (and some fighting).


Anuradha Bhowmik

Publicity Coordinator 
Anuradha Bhowmik is a Bangladeshi-American poet and writer from South Jersey. She is an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. Anuradha is a Pushcart nominee and has received awards from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Frost Place, the Indiana University Writers’ Conference, and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Her poetry and prose are forthcoming or have appeared in Nashville ReviewIndiana ReviewBayou MagazineCrab Orchard ReviewSlice MagazineZone 3The Normal SchoolCopper NickelNinth Letter Online, and elsewhere. Anuradha can be found at www.anuradhabhowmik.com.


Jessie Bennett

Jessie Bennett builds and customizes websites for authors, small presses, and literary organizations. As Digital Content Developer for Beacon Press, she was designer and founding editor of the press blog, Beacon Broadside. She also created over 100 author videos and trailers for Beacon’s books and helped to grow and maintain a robust social media platform. She previously designed sites for Rain Taxi Review of Books (where she also served as Assistant Editor) and Ruminator Review. She lives outside of Boston with her spouse, the poet Stephen Burt.


Stephanie Kapllani

Webmaster Intern
Stephanie Kapllani is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in technical writing and literature, with a minor in linguistics. She is an avid-adventure junkie who loves exploring new hiking spots and taking on new recreational activities for the first time. In her free time she also likes to write and paint. Stephanie hopes to find a job after graduating that is meaningful, out of her comfort zone, allows her to travel, and pushes her creatively.




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Recent Reviews and News

2017 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Prose

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners and finalists for the 2017 Noemi Press Award in Prose. Winner: The Itch by Kate Colby Finalists Lyrebird by Meredith Clark Fluid States by Heidi Czerwiec Beast Grief by Marie Conlan Echo Park by Ryan Ridge...