Glass Poetry Press

Volume Six Issue Two
Featured Theme: Great Lakes Poets


Atalissa Dean says, "Living on the Northwest side of Chicago means having Lake Michigan as a silent but consistent presence in my life. While I have not yet found the words to describe my relationship with the lake, its existence cannot be denied. As a 22 year old woman, I focus on experiences through an exclusively feminine lens that is honest but has the ability to laugh at the ridiculousness of poetry. For me, poetry is an act that is similar to vomiting, ejecting the excess." As an author of haiku, Joshua Gage has been published internationally. He is the author of the forty chorus poem Deep Cleveland Lenten Blues, available as a chapbook from Deep Cleveland Press. He is a graduate of the Naropa University Low Residency MFA program in Creative Writing. He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe where he hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry hour, enjoys the beer at Brew Kettle, and collects Pendleton shirts. Steven Gibb works on environmental issues in the Great Lakes and has been adventuring in Michigan waters his entire life in canoes, sailboats and kayaks. He is the author of Twentysomething, Floundering and Off-the-Yuppie-Track, his music has appeared on Land of Malls albums, and he has written poetry for family and friends for years. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. "Pressure Gradient" was stenciled onto a canoe paddle and read at a friend's wedding. It is his first published poem. Rae Gouirand's first collection of poetry, Open Winter, was selected by Elaine Equi for the 2011 Bellday Prize, won a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award and the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award, and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, the Audre Lorde Award, and the California Book Award for poetry. Her work has appeared most recently in American Poetry Review, VOLT, The Brooklyner, Barrow Street, New South, PANK, Gertrude, Handsome, Hobart, Pacifica Literary Review, and The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. She is currently at work on her second collection of poems and a collection of linked essays. Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet. Retired from many years of communications work for the City of Portland, she is avidly working on the poetry she wrote over the same years. Recent publications of poetry and haiku include New Verse News, VoiceCatcher, Muddy River Poetry Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Flycatcher, and inclusion in anthologies by Red Claw Press and Western Press Books. Diane Lee Moomey grew up around the Lakes, and since then has lived and wandered around the US and Canada. Now she dips her gardener's hands in California dirt. Her poetry and short prose have appeared, or are scheduled to appear this year, in the Faultzone anthologies, No Ordinary Language (the Willow Glen Poetry Project anthology) The Sand Hill Review, Not Somewhere Else But Here, (Sundress Publications) and Writing For Our Lives. Day's Eye Press and Studios published Silk Road, Iron Bird in 2011 and … Place in 2010. Figure in a Landscape, a collection of new poetry, is scheduled to appear in late 2014. To read more, please visit Diane is also a watercolorist and collage artist, an experience that both seeds and is seeded by her poetic imagery. To view her artwork, please visit Martin Ott grew up in Alpena, Michigan, and now calls Los Angeles home. He is the author of 4 books of poetry: Underdays (Notre Dame University Press, 2015), Captive (De Novo Prize winner, C&R Press), and Poets' Guide to America and Yankee Broadcast Network, co-written with John F. Buckley (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014). In 2013, he published his debut novel The Interrogator's Notebook (Story Merchant Books). His Writeliving blog — — has thousands of readers in more than 100 countries. Find out more at Janeen Pergrin Rastall lives in Gordon, MI, population 2. Her poetry has appeared in several publications including: The Raleigh Review, Prime Number Magazine, Referential Magazine, Heron Tree and The Michigan Poet. Her chapbook, In the Yellowed House will be published by dancing girl press in the summer of 2014. Sandra Joy Russell is a Michigan native who currently resides in Lutsk, Ukraine, where she teaches literature and writing in the Department of English Philology at Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University.