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.



Krystal Languell

Krystal Languell was born in South Bend, Indiana. She is the author of the  books Call the Catastrophists (BlazeVox, 2011) and Gray Market (1913 Press, forthcoming 2016) and the chapbooks Last Song (dancing girl press, 2014), Be a Dead Girl (Argos Books, 2014), Fashion Blast Quarter (Flying Object, 2014), Diamonds in the Flesh, a collaboration w/ Robert Alan Wendeborn, (Double Cross Press, 2015), and a collection of interviews, Archive Theft (Essay Press, 2015). Finance Director for Belladonna* Collaborative, she also edits the feminist poetry journal Bone Bouquet. She was a 2013-2014 Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship recipient and a 2014-2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace resident. She is employed by Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.



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.


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Assistant Editor
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and is a Canto Mundo fellow, a Zell post-graduate fellow and the first undocumented graduate of the Helen Zell Writers Workshop at the University of Michigan. He teaches summers at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and recent work can be found in New England Review, The Paris American, and Jubilat.

Oscar Oswald

Assistant Editor
Oscar Oswald earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  He currently teaches English Composition in Portland, Oregon, and is an intern at the contemporary arts organization Yale Union.  His poetry can be found in new or forthcoming editions of The Colorado Review, Gobbet, Lana Turner, VOLT, Weekday, and Word For/Word.


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.




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