Masthead Bios


kc-headshot-web2Kevin Craft lives in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, and coordinates the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College. He received a Bachelor of Arts in both English and French from the University of Maryland (1990), and a Master of Fine Arts in English from the University of Washington (1995). He also studied drama at the University of Sheffield, in Great Britain, and Romance languages at the Université de Perpignan, in France.

His first book, Solar Prominence (2005), was selected by Vern Rutsala for the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books. He has also edited and published five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum, an anthology of Mediterranean-inspired writing. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared widely in such places as Poetry, AGNI, Verse, Ninth Letter, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, The Stranger, and West Branch. A Bread Loaf Scholar in 1996, he has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the Camargo Foundation (France), 4Culture, and Artist Trust.

Craft has been Executive Editor of Poetry Northwest since 2016, and was Editor of the magazine from 2010 until 2016. He has also served as Director of the University of Washington’s Creative Writing in Rome Program since 2003. He believes that poems, like good travelers, live in the go-between.



rebecca brinburyRebecca Brinbury is a literary arts administrator and editor. She has worked at Seattle City of Literature (which she cofounded), Hugo House, the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, and ACT Theatre, and serves on as the board president of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. Rebecca has copyedited work ranging from novels to memoirs to crochet kits and beyond; she is also a cofounder of and editor at Northwest Essay, an online personal statement editing service. Rebecca graduated from the University of Washington with a major in English: Creative Writing and a minor in Italian; she also holds certificates from the UW in web development and editing. She lives in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle with her husband, daughter, two cats, the sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and a sourdough starter.



erin-maloneErin Malone first full-length collection, Hover, won the Patricia Bibby Award from Tebot Bach Press and was published in March 2015. What Sound Does It Make, a chapbook, appeared in 2008 from Concrete Wolf Press. The recipient of grants from Washington’s Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Colorado Council of the Arts, she’s taught writing at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Richard Hugo House in Seattle, at the University of Washington Rome Center in Italy, and through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program. With Aaron Barrell, she has been Editor of Poetry Northwest since 2016.





Katharine Ogle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Poetry Writing at the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from the University of Washington. She works as a writing instructor, curriculum developer, and caregiver.







BarrellAaron Barrell is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Washington. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Everett Community College, and with Erin Malone has been Editor of Poetry Northwest since 2016





ian-stevensIan Stevens has never been a MacArthur Fellow, but he is a self-proclaimed expert in all matters related to the art of Lisa Frank. Ian grew up in Spokane Washington, and moved to Seattle in 2012 to attend the University of Washington’s Creative Writing Program. He graduated in the Spring of 2015 and now spends most of his time hanging out with his niece, collecting vintage cross-stitches of sad dogs, and managing social media accounts for Poetry Northwest. He has poetry published in Bricolage, Mare Nostrum, and Blind Glass.







ChelgrenJack Chelgren was first sighted in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s, recognizable from his perennial attire of sweatpants and suede faux-letterman jacket, as well as by his proclivity to weep at loud noises. In those days, Jack was often found delivering, sotto voce, sprawling oral narratives involving numerous battles and varying degrees of cataclysm. More recently, he seems to have shifted his attentions to poetry, which he is reported to read and write on a regular basis, possibly to obsessive and unhealthy degrees. He is honored and excited to be a part of Poetry Northwest. He is a graduate of the University of Washington.






PurcellCarrie Purcell Kahler received her MFA in poetry from the University of Washington in 2007. Her work has appeared in DMQ Review, Faultline, The Dudley Review, Inknode, The Broken Bridge Review and others. She has been proud to corral poetry-loving volunteers for Poetry Northwest since 2010, and lives in Seattle with her husband and their cat.









CoopElizabeth Cooperman’s work has appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle, Seattle Review, and 1913: A Journal of Forms. In 2015 Hawthorne Books will published Life is Short—Art is Shorter, an anthology of very brief prose that she co-edited with David Shields. Elizabeth works for Poetry Northwest and a ninety-year-old blind man.









CartyOriginally from Maine, Bill Carty lives in Seattle and teaches at Edmonds CC and the Richard Hugo House. He has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Hugo House. His chapbook Refugium was published by Alice Blue Books, and poems have recently appeared in Poetry Northwest, New Orleans Review, the Burnside Review, Octopus, Pinwheel, Sixth Finch, and other journals.








CainBusiness Manager for Poetry Northwest, Letitia Cain has lived in the Seattle area for twelve years. She received a BA from University of Michigan in Arts & Ideas. Letitia then moved to New Orleans, LA where she taught literacy classes, elementary school, and poetry. In 1997, she returned to school and earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr. Since then, Letitia has been practicing as a ND who specializes in oncology. In December 2014, Letitia started a MFA program in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts.








ChrisL2Chris Larson began his graphic design career as the first intern at Poetry Northwest after it returned to Everett Community College. He then went to and graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and continued to freelance design for print and digital media. Chris came full circle when he became a graphic design instructor at Everett Community College and the web editor for He lives in Lake Stevens with his wife and their three kids.










jay photo cut downJay Aquinas Thompson is a poet, essayist, and teacher of incarcerated women. He lives in Seattle with his family, and he keeps a blog at