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.
Heather assists 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.