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SO AND SO #80 - January 8, 2015

Joseph Goosey, Mitali Routh, and Jon Thompson

Jon Thompson’s last book was Landscape with Light (Shearsman, 2014). He teaches twentieth-century literature at NCSU where he edits Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics and Free Verse Editions. More on him at www.jon-thompson.net.


Joseph Goosey lives in either Southern Pines or Waxhaw, North Carolina. Poems and other things have shown up in a variety of places. He is a dropout of the MFA program at George Mason University. A chapbook called STUPID ACHE was published not so recently by Greybook Press as well as three others which are now out of print.

Mitali Routh is an artist, scholar, and poet currently completing her Ph.D in the Dept. of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. She writes on such topics as human/animal nature in conceptual art & performance; the history of photographic self-portraiture; and the sculpture & film work of American artist Matthew Barney. In addition to her academic projects, Mitali swims laps, whispers cats, and shoots photos. She lives in Durham, NC.

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SO AND SO #81 - February 12, 2015

Evan Commander and Stefania Heim

Evan Commander is a curator and artist in New York and Atlanta where he works as co-producer of NewGoodWorld.com. He is the author of the chapbooks A Thing and It’s Ghost (H_NGM_N Books) and Planet Carpet (Forklift Books).

Stefania Heim is the author of the poetry collection A TABLE THAT GOES ON FOR MILES (Switchback Books 2014). She recently completed a PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center where she wrote a dissertation about Susan Howe, Muriel Rukeyser, and poetry as a barrier-breaking scholar's art. She is a Poetry Editor at Boston Review and currently teaches at Duke University and Meredith College. She's had a nomadic few years and now lives in Durham NC.

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SO AND SO #82 - March 12, 2015

Aaron Belz, Tyree Daye, and Amy Woolard

Aaron Belz is the author of Glitter Bomb: Poems (Persea, 2014). He lives in Hillsborough, NC.


"Transplanted to rural life in 2011, he's a city slicker and confessed misanthrope who cultivates, in his readings, a sort of flatly contemptuous prep-school smarm. Think John Hodgman. We're far from the evident sincerity of John Donne, Wallace Stevens or T.S. Eliot.” –IndyWeek, 3/5/14 

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Tyree Daye is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.A in creative writing. In August he will attend North Carolina State University for his MFA in poetry. He’s been published by Prairie Schooner, San Pedro River Review, Jacar Press, Connotation Press and Backbone Press. He’s recently published a chapbook entitled Sea Island Blues with Backbone Press.

Amy Woolard is a public policy attorney working on child welfare, juvenile justice, child poverty & youth homelessness issues in Virginia. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Fence, Court Green, Indiana Review, The Journal, and Best New Poets 2013, among others. Her essays have appeared on Slate, The Rumpus, Indiewire, and elsewhere. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


SO AND SO #83 - April 16, 2015

Laurie Fillipelli, David Need, and Laura Saurborn Young

Laurie Filipelli is the author of Elseplace (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in So and So Magazine, The Pinch, apt, Salamander, Boaat, and Redheaded Stepchild. She lives in Austin, Texas where she works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach.

David Need is an Ohio/Massachusetts, now North Carolina boy-person who has lived in and loved the shambles of Durham NC since 1994. David’s academic background is in Asian Religions; he teaches at Duke University (1997-present) in the Department of Religion and the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Department. His poetry and essays on poetry have appeared in Hambone, Talisman, Golden Handcuffs Review, Spoke, and Oyster Boy. Since 2009, he has curated an occasional long-poem reading series “Arcade Taberna.” His translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s French suite “Roses” came out in 2014. A new collection of his poems, "Song’s In-Between the Day / Offshore St. Mark," published by 3 Count Pour came out in Jan 2015.

Laurie Saurborn Young is the author of two poetry collections, Industry of Brief Distraction and Carnavoria, as well as a chapbook, Patriot. Her poetry, short stories, essays, reviews and photographs have appeared in such publications as American Microreviews & Interviews, Columbia Poetry Review, The Rumpus, and Tupelo Quarterly. A 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient, she lives in Austin, Texas, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Texas-Austin.

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SO AND SO #84 - May 14, 2015

Thea Brown, Brooke Ellsworth, Dora Malech,

and Meg Ronan

Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Thea Brown now lives in Baltimore, the Greatest City in America. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Recent poems can be found in Better, Hidden City Quarterly, The Volta, and Mississippi Review, among other places, as well as in a chapbook called We Are Fantastic from Petri Press.

Brooke Ellsworth is author of the chapbooks Thrown (The New Megaphone) and Mud (dancing girl press). She has recent work in jubilat, Spork Press, inter|rupture, The Volta and elsewhere. She currently teaches at Parsons and lives in Queens, NY

Dora Malech is a poet, professor, and visual artist. She is the author of two books of poetry, Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems appear in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry London, The Yale Review, Tin House, The New Census (Rescue Press, 2013), and The Best American Poetry 2015 (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She has been the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Writers' Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center, and she has served as Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California. She is a co-founder and former director of the arts outreach organization the Iowa Youth Writing Project. She lives in Baltimore, where she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Next year, she also will serve as an inaugural Engaged Faculty Fellow through the JHU Center for Social Concern.

Meg Ronan is the author of the obligatory garnish argument (SpringGun Press 2014). Her poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, APARTMENT Poetry, Big Lucks, & other lovely journals. She reads for Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook press, & works at Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC.

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SO AND SO #85 - June 11, 2015

Gina Abelkop, Jeff Alessandrelli, Trey Moody,

and Magdalena Zurawski

Gina Abelkop is a Pisces living in Athens, GA. She is the author of I Eat Cannibals (co.im.press, 2014) and Darling Beastlettes (Apostrophe Books, 2012), and editor of the feminist press Birds of Lace.

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length collection THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST. Other work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Boston Review and five chapbooks. The name of Jeff’s dog is Beckett Long Snout. The name of his micro-press is Dikembe Press.

Trey Moody is the author of Thought That Nature (Sarabande Books, 2014), selected by Cole Swensen for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. He lives in the Texas Hill Country.

Magdalena Zurawski’s novel The Bruise was published by FC2 in 2008. Litmus Press published Zurawski’s poetry collection Companion Animal in May of 2015. She is currently working on a new poetry manuscript and writing a commentary on aesthetics entitled FEEL BEAUTY SUPPLY at Jacket2. Her blog Off the Pitch offers cultural commentary on the Women’s World Cup. Zurawski is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.

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SO AND SO #86 - July 9, 2015

Simeon Berry, Joanna Penn Cooper,

and Cecily Iddings

Simeon Berry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.  He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant.  His first book, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph (University of Georgia Press), won the 2014 National Poetry Series.

Cecily Iddings’s first book is Everyone Here (Octopus Books, 2014), and her new chapbook is coming soon from Spooky Girlfriend Press. Her poems have appeared in journals including Atlas Review, Horse Less Review, jubilat, Sixth Finch, and The Volta. She lives in Brooklyn.

Joanna Penn Cooper's books are The Itinerant Girl's Guide to Self-Hypnosis (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014) and What Is a Domicile  (Noctuary Press, 2014).  Joanna Penn Cooper's creative work has appeared in a number of journals, including South Dakota Review, Poetry International, Opium, and Boog City. Her chapbooks are Mesmer (Dancing Girl Press, 2010) and Crown (Ravenna Press, winner of the 2012 Cathlamet Prize for Poetry).


Joanna holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Temple University and an MFA in Poetry from New England College. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Durham.


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SO AND SO #88 - September 17, 2015

Michael Morse, Sarah Rose Nordgren,

and Matthew Olzmann

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems: Mezzanines (Alice James Books, 2013), and Contradictions in the Design which is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November, 2016.  His poems, stories and essays have appeared in Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Necessary Fiction, Brevity, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.  He is the 2015-2016 Kenan Visiting Writer at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Along with Gabriel Blackwell, he is co-editor of The Collagist.

Michael Morse is the author of Void and Compensation (Canarium Books, 2015). He has published poems in various journals and anthologies, including A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, Field, jubilat, The Literary Review, Ploughshares, Spinning Jenny, Tin House, and The Best American Poetry, 2012. A recipient of fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the MacDowell Colony, he lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the summer workshops at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Among her awards are two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and the James Wright Poetry Prize. Native to North Carolina, Nordgren is currently a doctoral student in poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is Associate Editor at 32 Poems.

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SO AND SO #89 - October 8, 2015

Eric Amling, Monica McClure, and Niina Pollari

Eric Amling (b.1981) lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited in various cities in the United States. From the Author's Private Collection (Birds, LLC) is his debut collection.

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Tender Data (Birds, LLC) is Monica McClure's debut poetry collection. She is the author of the chapbooks Mood Swing and Mala.

Niina Pollari is a poet and translator based in Brooklyn. Her first book, Dead Horse, is now out from Birds, LLC. She also wrote two chapbooks, and you can ask her about that.


SO AND SO #90 - November 12, 2015

Keith Newton and Adra Raine

Keith Newton is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. He is the author of the chapbooks A Week of Kindness (Essay Press, 2015), Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City (Cannibal Books, 2009), and Instruments No Man Has Ever Seen (forthcoming from Berl’s). His writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Sink Review, and Typo, among others. He is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a collection of writing from the online magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006, and is currently editorial director at Secret Behavior.

Adra Raine is a poet, filmmaker, teacher, and graduate student living in Durham, NC, and studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is currently working on a prose-poem chronicle of her first pregnancy and a dissertation on U.S. poetry and culture of the long 1980s.

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SO AND SO #91 - December 10, 2015

Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Valerie Nieman

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers Award, and residences from Civitella di Ranieri and the Lannan Foundation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Boston Review and New England Review, among others. She is Senior Poetry Editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and Founder and Senior Curator at Voluble, a forthcoming channel of Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches in the  Warren Wilson Program for Writers and at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She makes new economies with those who wish to. She tweets at @rocketfantastic and is on Instagram as gabbat. Her third book of poems, Rocket Fantastic is forthcoming. She is at work on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself.

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Valerie Nieman’s second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, was published in spring 2015 by Press 53. Poems from this book appeared in Chautauqua, North Carolina Literary Review, Canary, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Connotation Press, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Short Fictions. She was a 2013-2014 North Carolina Arts Council poetry fellow, and has received an NEA creative writing fellowship in poetry, among numerous other awards. The author of three novels and a collection of short stories, Nieman graduated from West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte. She now teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University and at venues ranging from the John C. Campbell Folk School to WriterHouse. She was a founding editor of Kestrel literary journal and former poetry editor of Prime Number magazine.