Our Writers

 C Dylan Bassett

The Unpainted Shore

C Dylan Bassett is a teaching fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of The Invention of Monsters / Plays for the Theater (Plays Inverse, 2015), and six additional chapbooks. His recent poems are published or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Columbia Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, The Journal, Ninth Letter, Salt Hill, West Branch, Verse Daily and elsewhere. He’s received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Stadler Center for Poetry, the Morrie Moss Foundation and the University of Iowa. He co-edits likewise folio / likewise books.

Brandon Courtney


Rooms for Rent in the Burning City

Brandon Courtney served four years in the United States Navy’s Maritime Interdiction Operations. He is the author of The Grief Muscles (Sheep Meadow Press) and Improvised Devices (Thrush Press). Poems from his debut collection have been praised as “sharp, dense, lyrical, and devastating” and “at once complex, subtle and harrowing.” A 2013 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he holds degrees from Hollins and Drake University, and is currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago.

Heather Derr-Smith

Tongue Screw

Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Art History at the University of Virginia, where she also took poetry workshops with Charles Wright, Rita Dove, and Greg Orr. She went on to earn her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has published two books of poems, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005) and The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008).

Steven D. Schroeder


The Royal Nonesuch

Steven D. Schroeder’s first book was Torched Verse Ends. His poetry is available from New England Review, Pleiades, Verse, Indiana Review, The Journal, The Laurel Review, Copper Nickel, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, The Rumpus, and Verse Daily. Pieces have also appeared by invitation in city parks, public transportation, and business waiting rooms. He edits the online poetry journal Anti-, serves as a contributing editor for River Styx, and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer. In high school, he wrote an epic, unfinished fantasy novel during AP Calculus, including maps, bestiaries, and a history of the world. A Colorado kid at heart, he now lives in St. Louis.