Director Philip Metres has written a number of books and chapbooks, including Sand Opera (2015), A Concordance of Leaves (Diode 2013)abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine 2011), To See the Earth (Cleveland State 2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (University of Iowa 2007).  His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Beatrice Hawley Award (for Sand Opera, forthcoming 2015), two Arab American Book Award, the Cleveland Arts Prize and the Creative Workforce Fellowship. He is professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and is a Creative Workforce Fellow in 2014.  See and for more information.


20100206AJM_8855-bwAlissa Nutting is the author of the award-winning short story collection We Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc) and the novel Tampa (Echo/Harper Collins). Her work has appeared in the New York TimesO, The Oprah MagazineTin House;Fence; and Bomb, among other venues. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at John Carroll University.





dave_lucas_420Dave Lucas is the author of the award-winning book of poems Weather (University of Georgia Press, 2011), and won the 2005 Discovery/The Nation prize for poetry. His poems have been published in The Paris Review, Poetry MagazineSlate, and Threepenny Review.



Co-Director Anna Hocevar received her B.A. from John Carroll and is currently completing her Masters Program in Humanities. Anna has been an invaluable administrator for` the English Department for many years.