Staff Bios

Aaron 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.
Gabrielle Bates is a writer and artist from Birmingham, Alabama, currently living in Seattle, where she works at Open Books: A Poem Emporium and serves on the editorial boards of the Seattle Review and Broadsided Press. The recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hugo House, and the Mineral School Artist Residency, Gabrielle’s work is published or forthcoming in Poetry, New England Review, Washington Square, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best of the Net 2015, the Missouri Review Poem of the Week, and Thrush, among other journals. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington, and you can find her at / twitter: @GabrielleBates / Instagram: @gabrielle_bates_.
Rebecca Brinbury  is a literary arts administrator and editor. Currently, Rebecca works at University of Washington Press; she also does freelance copyediting on projects ranging from novels to memoirs to crochet kits and beyond. In the past, she has worked at the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Seattle City of Literature (which she cofounded), Hugo House, the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, and ACT Theatre. Rebecca graduated from the University of Washington with a BA 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 Chicago Manual of Style, and a sourdough starter.
Emily Brown is an editorial assistant for Poetry Northwest.
Letitia Cain received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2017. Her poems have appeared in Switched-on Gutenberg, Raven Chronicles and Gravel Literary Journal. In addition to working as the Business Manager for Poetry Northwest, she also works as part of the event staff with Seattle Arts and Lectures. She teaches classes on poetry writing to promote healing and wellness, combining her skills as a physician with poetry.
Originally from Maine, Bill Carty lives in Seattle and has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Artist Trust, the Richard Hugo House, the Sorting Room, and Jack Straw. He is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming from Octopus Books) and the winner of the 2017 The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems have recently appeared (or will soon) in the Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, Boston Review, Willow Springs, Conduit, Pleiades, the Volta, Oversound, Pinwheel, Sixth Finch, and other journals.
Xavier Cavazos is the author of Diamond Grove Slave Tree (2015), the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize from Ice Cube Press, and Barbarian at the Gate (2014), which was published in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets Chapbook Series. Cavazos earned an MFA in Creative Writing and the Environment from Iowa State University.
Kevin 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.
Sarah Jones is a poet and freelance writer living in Seattle. Before joining the Poetry Northwest staff, Sarah was an editorial intern with C&R Press, and an assistant poetry editor of Lunch Ticket and Soundings Review. Her work has been featured on NPR and The Bridge. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Entropy magazine, The Normal School, New Ohio Review, The Raven Chronicles, City Arts Magazine, Yes, Poetry, and many other places. Sarah is an MFA candidate of Antioch University, graduating in June 2017. When Sarah is not writing, she’s either watching ESPN with her two boys or training for some crazy obstacle course race. You can find her at | Twitter: @writer_sejones |Instagram: @writer.sejones.
Carrie 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.
Keetje Kuipers has been a Stegner Fellow, the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, a Bread Loaf Fellow, and the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poems, essays, and fiction have appeared widely, including Best American Poetry. She was the winner of the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, and her two collections of poetry have been published by BOA Editions. Previously a tenured Associate Professor at Auburn University, she now lives and writes in Seattle, where she teaches at Hugo House.
Chris Larson began his graphic design career as the first intern at Poetry Northwest after it relocated to Everett, Washington. 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 design editor for Poetry Northwest. He lives in Lake Stevens with his wife and their three kids.
Kym Littlefield is an editorial assistant for Poetry Northwest.
Erin Malone‘s 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.
Emily Pittinos is the 2017-18 Senior Fellow in Poetry at Washington University in St. Louis where she teaches creative writing and works remotely as an editorial assistant for Poetry Northwest. She is the winner of several Avery Hopwood awards from the University of Michigan, a former fellow at the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and a 2017 resident of the CrossHatch Hill House program. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly and elsewhere.
Caleb Thompson is an editorial assistant for Poetry Northwest.
Jay Aquinas Thompson is a poet, essayist, and teacher of incarcerated women. He lives in Seattle with his family, and he keeps a blog at
Richard Tyler is an editorial assistant for Poetry Northwest.
Nathaniel Vincent is an editorial assistant for Poetry Northwest.