Michael’s full-length collection, Refuge/es, is recently published by Alice James Books. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Literary Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere in print and online, and he has two chapbooks — The Logic of Yoo and The Amputation Artist. He is the recipient of a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony, a NJ Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Visit his website.
On libations: “Context is key. A nut-brown ale at the Rose and Crown on the quai in Wivenhoe; home-made margaritas on the porch in summer; Chocolat chaud on the Ile-de-la Cité in winter; champagne when her new book arrives.”
Suzanne Parker is a winner of a Kinereth Gensler Book Award, and her collection of poetry, Viral, which was written in response to the death of Tyler Clementi and other queer youth, was published by Alice James Books in 2013. Viral was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry has appeared recently in Bloom, Hunger Mountain, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, 2River, Cimarron Review, Sierra Nevada Review and numerous other journals; she’s a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Seminars. Suzanne’s creative non-fiction is published in the travel anthology Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing by the Univ. of Wisconsin Press. She is the director of the creative writing program at Brookdale Community College in NJ. Visit her website.
On Libations: “Coffee, steaming hot, preferably delivered to me in bed.”
Laura McCullough's most recent book of poems is Rigger Death & Hoist Another (Black Lawrence Press). Her other books are Panic (Alice James Books) Speech Acts (BLP), and What Men Want (XOXOX Press). She is the editor of two anthologies: The Room & the World: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn (Syracuse University Press) and A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race (University of Georgia Press). In 2014, Emerge Literary Publications published a series of three books, Ripple & Snap, micro-fiction/prose-poem story, Shutters*Voices*Wind, linked monologues, and The Smashing House, a short fiction chapbook. Visit her website.
On Libations: “Water: poured into my dog Flannery's bowl; into the electric fountain on the bar; absorbed by the hungry soil of the anonymous house plant that smells of cardamom and maybe is; for my tea, again and again; collapsing in foam spray; runnelling on my windshield; hot against the bones of my back. Water: in it, near it, under it, open to it.”
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2016. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Rumpus, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden, the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Father Dirt, winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books, and Death Searches for You a Second Time by Carmelia Leonte, co-translated with Michael Waters. Her poems, translations, reviews and articles have appeared in Arts & Letters, America, Mid-American Review, The Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, and Poetry International among others. She teaches at Monmouth University and in the MFA low-residency program at Drew University.
On Libations: “Godiva chocolate liquor, Grey Goose-comparable vodka, splash of whole milk, one ice cube (compromise to the Romanian “no ice please”), fresh mint. I don't make it that often, but when I do, it’s heavenly. Winding-down favorites, paired with stinky cheeses: The Californian Ménage à Trois or the Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre.”.
The Magazine of Literature & Libations
Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. He lives in New York City.
On Libations: “Rum poured over one ice cube in a squat glass. Drop a neon-bright cherry into the rum. Raise the glass. Thank the spirit trapped in the ice. Sip.”