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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.
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Carmen Giménez Smith
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of eight books, including Be Recorder, a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; Milk and Filth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry; Goodbye, Flicker, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; and Bring Down the Little Birds, winner of the American Book Award. The recipient of a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship, she teaches at Bennington College and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Tech.
Suzi F. Garcia
Suzi F. Garcia has an MFA in Creative Writing with minors in Screen Cultures and Gender Studies. Suzi is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondista, and a board member for the Latinx Caucus. Her writing has been featured or is forthcoming from the Offing, Vinyl, Fence Magazine, and more. She has presented at PCA/ACA, AWP, and Console-ing Passions, among other national conferences. Find her at www.suzifgarcia.com or on Twitter at @SuziG.
Diana Arterian is the author of the poetry collection Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet). Her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have been featured in Asymptote, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Poetry Foundation website, among others. Diana holds a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she was a Russell Fellow, and an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles.
J. Michael Martinez
J. Michael Martinez received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for his first book, Heredities. His latest, In the Garden of the Bridehouse, is available from the University of Arizona Press. He is a Poetry Editor of Noemi Press and his writings are anthologized in Ahsahta Press’ The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, Rescue Press’ The New Census: 40 American Poets, and Counterpath Press’ Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing.
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 holds an MFA in Fiction from New Mexico State University, where she served as Managing Editor for Puerto del Sol. She is now a Fiction Editor at The Rupture. You can find her work in the Heavy Feather Review, The Offing, Juked, Denver Quarterly, Full Stop, and The Collagist. She lives in New York City.
Mirna Palacio Ornelas
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).
Evan J. Massey
Evan Joseph Massey is an African-American U.S. Army veteran who served his country in Afghanistan. His work can be found in Santa Clara Review, Tulane Review, and Arkana Lit Mag. He recently served as writer-in-residence at VCCA and received a Best of the Net Nomination.
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Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (forthcoming from Omnidawn, April 2020), winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Contest. He is a CantoMundo fellow from Fresno, California whose poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, The Boiler, among other journals. Anthony co-edited How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. As an MFA candidate at Fresno State, he serves as a fellow in the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio created by Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the communications manager for CantoMundo.
Sarah Gzemski is a poet living and working in Tucson, AZ. She is the Managing Editor of Noemi Press and the Publicity & Publications Specialist at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She edits books of poetry and designs book covers and interiors. She embroiders. Her mixed-genre chapbook, Centralia, is available from Porkbelly Press. Her work has appeared in SRPR, Bone Bouquet, Four Chambers, and Coldfront, among others.
Elia Chaves is a Cuban-Sicilian artist who grew up in Northern Virginia. She is an undergraduate creative writing and literature major at Virginia Tech, and the winner of the 2020 Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize.
Evan Lavender-Smith is the author of From Old Notebooks and Avatar. His stories and essays have been noted in Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best American Essays, adapted for stage and radio, and translated into several languages. Lavender-Smith’s writing has been praised in Bookforum, The Guardian, Harper’s, The Irish Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Vice, and other national and international media outlets. He has recently served as a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, the Heinz Foundation, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. He is a member of the Creative Writing Studies Organization’s Board of Directors, the president of Phi Beta Kappa’s Mu of Virginia Chapter, and an assistant professor at Virginia Tech.
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