KMA co-founded Vinyl Poetry in 2010 and founded YesYes Books in 2011 as she was completing her MFA in poetry at Virginia Tech. She has earned fellowships in poetry and creative non-fiction from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Summer Literary Seminars. Her poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, The Rumpus, Forklift, Ohio, The Good Men Project, HerKind, diode, Cream City Review and elsewhere.
Earlier years were spent founding a home for young single mothers, establishing a weekly tutoring program in one of Hartford’s largest housing projects, earning degrees in philosophy from Trinity College and Boston College and raising five children with her partner of 28 years. She believes in the power of art and literature to improve the lives they engage.
As Managing Editor, Jill is responsible for the continued spin of many of the moving parts at YesYes Books. She edits the YYB newsletter, manages inventory, monitors lines of distribution, and coordinates tour logistics. Would you like to consider YYB titles for your grad or undergrad Creative Writing curriculum? Drop Jill an email so she can get you set up with a desk copy and the new teacher’s guides that are in development!
Jill has worked as an editor, writer, and doughnut maker. She grew up in Michigan but has since lived on both American coasts. Jill is an MFA Candidate in Creative Nonfiction and Teaching Fellow at St. Mary’s College of California. Her work can be found in Revolution House, Fugue, and elsewhere.
As head of the Social Media Team, John coordinates the many and varied facets YYB’s public presence and specifically manages the YYB tumblr, twitter and fb business profile. He also brings his considerable design and development skills to other areas of our publicity and marketing efforts.
John is a poet, designer, internet junkie, and proud Jersey boy. Currently living in Wilmington, North Carolina, he holds an MFA in Poetry from UNCW. John operates VoicemailPoems.org.
Stevie assists KMA in looking for new book manuscripts as she oversees existing book projects from print file development to art management to copy-editing.
For the 2013-2014 academic year Stevie will be a Lecturer in the English Department at Cornell University, where she previously attended as an MFA candidate in creative writing. Her first book, Good Grief (Write Bloody 2012), received the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Bronze Prize for Poetry and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. Her poetry has appeared in Verse Daily, Rattle, Indiana Review, PANK, Vinyl, Devil’s Lake, and Aim for the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry. She is the Editor-in-Chief/Founder of Muzzle Magazine.
Rob co-ordinates the EPIC project (Engaging Poetry In the Classroom) which brings teams of poets into secondary schools to work with teachers and students across the curriculum through workshops, craft talks, and readings to encourage diversity and collaborative creativity through poetry. Would you like us to bring a team of poets to your school? Drop Rob an email!
Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of Sixth Finch. His poems can be found in Octopus, Gulf Coast, notnostrums, H_NGM_N, The Collagist and other journals.
JoAnn is involved in eBook development for YYB and coordinates our eBook distribution particularly in schools and libraries. She also works with Rob and KMA on the EPIC project which brings teams of poets into schools.
JoAnn Balingit is the author of Words for House Story (WordTech Editions, 2013) and two award-winning poetry chapbooks. She directs the Delaware Writing Region for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and teaches poetry workshops for schools and non-profits in and around Delaware, where she serves as state poet laureate. She holds masters degrees in Literature and in Library & Information Science, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her poems appear in Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, Poets/Artists, Salt Hill Journal, Smartish Pace and elsewhere.
Raina connects YYB authors and their books with non-traditional poetry audiences such as university student groups, women’s shelters and support groups, and mental health organizations. If you would like YYB authors or editors to speak with your group or if you are seeking books (donated or purchased) to support your groups, contact Raina!
Raina is the Director of Marketing and External Relations for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music. She is a poet and nonfiction writer and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Gargoyle, Sweet, PANK, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Bakery, and Emerge, among others.
Tory oversees the reviews, interviews, and author profiles area of our book representation. If you are interested in receiving a review copy of one of our titles, either as an author or publisher of reviews, let Tory know what you have in mind and he’ll get a review copy on its way!
Tory Adkisson grew up in the California High Desert. He holds degrees from UCLA and The Ohio State University, where he also served as poetry editor of The Journal. He has received fellowships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and his work appears widely in both print and online literary magazines. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Thomas Patrick Levy dropped out of an MFA program and currently works as a freelance web developer. He is author of I Don’t Mind if You’re Feeling Alone (YesYes Books, 2012) and the chapbook Please Don’t Leave Me Scarlett Johansson (Vinyl 45s, 2011).
Alban Fischer is the author of the chapbooks Status Area (Varmint Armature, 2011) and This is a sunset./Primer for Girls (forthcoming, 2013). His work has appeared in BlazeVox, Kindling, Past Simple, Thieves Jargon, Untoward, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of Trnsfr, a content editor at Artifice, and writer of the column “Color Bars” which appears biweekly on the Curbside Splendor blog. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI where he designs things in exchange for food.
Stephen serves YYB as reader, copy-editor, table staffer, advisor, pinch-hitter, and all around amazing guy.
Stephen’s chapbook Playhouse State is out from H_NGM_N Books (2012). He earned a BA in English from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry from Columbia College, Chicago. He has been awarded a residency from the Vermont Studio Center, a Follett Fellowship from Columbia College Chicago, and a University & College Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 1913, American Letters & Commentary, Anti-, Bateau, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Forklift Ohio, H_NGM_N, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Transom, and elsewhere. He is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Pinwheel and lives in Seattle.
As part of the YYB Social Media Team, Amber oversees the facebook, twitter, and tumblr presence for PSYCCity, a YYB project (in conjunction with Matthew Dickman) that seeks to bring poets and poetry audiences together with homeless youth and the organizations that serve them. She will also be pursuing interviews and profiles of our authors and other writers we are interested in.
Amber is a graduate student at University of Cincinnati. She received fellowships to The Juniper Writers’ Institute and The Colgate Writers’ Workshop, and nominations for Best New Poets 2013 and the AWP Intro to Journals Award. Her poetry and fiction appears or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Camroc Press Review, Punchel’s, and Weave Magazine. She has served as an editorial intern at Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, and Teen Vogue magazines.
Heather assistists Jill and KMA with the magical and eternal YYB plate spinning as she updates tour, interview, and review listings for the website, and manages book project components. If you curate a reading series and think YYB authors might be a good fit for your audience, Heather would love to hear from you!
Before receiving an MFA in poetry from Oregon State University, Heather taught high school English in Colorado and was active with the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. She has lived in Japan, South Africa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, and now Oregon. Based in Portland, she writes poetry and rides her bike, practices yoga, and pretends to run. She loves a good karaoke night.
Phillip is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom Inc. 2011) and Burn (YesYes Books, 2013). He is a Cave Canem graduate and has received multiple Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarships. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review Online, West Branch, Blackbird and others. Phillip is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis and is working on his MFA in Creative Writing.
Mark Derks is a writer and editor living in Washington, DC. He holds an M.F.A. from Virginia Tech, has served as fiction editor for the Minnesota Review and Eastown Fiction and as co-editor of The New River. He pays the bills as an Editorial Coordinator at the Journal of Clinical Oncology at ASCO. Fun fact you may not know: Oncologists like poetry too—they even publish some from time to time.
As part of the YYB Social Media Team, Nazifa oversees the facebook, twitter, and tumblr presence for Vinyl Poetry. She is also the YYB Pinterest guru. If you are a past contributor to Vinyl Poetry and you’ve got something new going on (publication, prize, project, you name it!) make sure Nazifa knows about it so she can help spread the word!
Nazifa grew up in Novi, Michigan. Her poetry and paintings have appeared in Anomalous Press, splinterswerve, Flashquake, and Fat City Review among other publications, and her debut poetry collection searching for a pulse is forthcoming from Whitepoint Press. She’s visited not one but two of Sylvia Plath’s houses in Primrose Hill, can frequently be found banging away at her manual typewriter, and dreams of one day visiting L.M. Montgomery’s Prince Edward Island. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in poetry at Oregon State University.