Staff Bios

Helene Achanzar is a Filipina Canadian poet and educator. Her writing can be found in Oxford American, jubilat, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. Before joining the Poetry Northwest staff, she was the senior editor of Yalobusha Review. She works as the programs manager at the Chicago Poetry Center. More at
Brittany Amborn is the Publicist for Poetry Northwest Editions.
Dawn Anderson is a Graphic Designer with Poetry Northwest.
Caroline Barr is an Editorial Assistant with Poetry Northwest.artd as
Aaron Barrell is the Managing Editor of Poetry Northwest. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Washington, and teaches English and Creative Writing at Everett Community College.
Emily Brown’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Prelude, Sonora Review, The Des Moines Register, Chicagoist, Bennington Review, Lambda Literary’s Poetry Spotlight, The Dead Animal Handbook, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 
Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books), longlisted for the 2019 Believer Book Award. Originally from coastal Maine, he now lives in Seattle, where he teaches at Hugo House, the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Edmonds College. He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Jack Straw, the Mineral School, and Artist Trust. You can find more of his work at
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.
Jennifer Elise Foerster received her PhD in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver and her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts, and is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, a grant from the Aninstantia Foundation, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford. Jennifer currently teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop and is the Literary Assistant to the U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. She is the author of two books of poetry, Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), both published by the University of Arizona Press, and served as the Associate Editor of the recently released When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. The daughter of an Air Force diplomat, Foerster grew up living internationally, is of European (German/Dutch) and Mvskoke descent, and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She lives in San Francisco.
Bianca Glinskas is an emerging poet and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared in Knock Your Socks Off, Decadent Review, and elsewhere. Her literary journalism has appeared in The Harriet Blog, The Adroit Journal, Seattle Arts and Lectures, and elsewhere. She has studied at Hugo House in Seattle and Lighthouse Writers in Denver where she was awarded four writerships. Bianca is a current MFA candidate at University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she works for Lookout Books
Gabi Graceffo is a Producer with Poetry Northwest.
Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and published by Milkweed Editions, and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, published by UGA Press and named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read by the Georgia Center for the Book. He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hill’s poems have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, The Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in over a dozen anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles. He is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press, has taught creative writing from Alaska to Georgia and parts in between, and has served as the director of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University since 2012. Born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean is currently Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana.
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 earned a MFA at Antioch University. 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 is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Image, Denver Quarterly, Arcturus, District Lit, Hobart, and others. She received her MFA from the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her cat.
Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poetry, most recently All Its Charms, published by BOA Editions. Her work has appeared widely, including in The New York Times Magazine, and has been published in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies, read on NPR, and honored with a Stegner fellowship, Bread Loaf fellowship, and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. Kuipers splits her time between Bainbridge Island, WA, and Missoula, where she is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana. You can find her on Instagram @poemonaboat
Jaimie Z. Li is a writing workshop instructor at Hugo House, an MFA candidate at Goddard College, and the recipient of the 2019 Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship. In 2011, she received her BA in Law at Balliol College, Oxford University and worked in the legal sector in the UK and US for a time. To learn more, please visit or follow @jaimiezongli on Instagram.
Aaron LoPatin is an Editorial Assistant with Poetry Northwest. as uii i s
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.
Abi Pollokoff is the Managing Editor of Poetry Northwest Editions.
Anne Price is an Editorial Assistant with Poetry i as
Serena Solin is a writer living in Maspeth, NY. In addition to her work for Poetry Northwest, she is the Managing Editor of Nat. Brut and recently concluded an apprenticeship at Ugly Duckling Presse. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Sixth Finch, DREGINALD, and elsewhere. Find her at
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
Nance Van Winckel is a Senior Editor with Poetry Northwest.
A longtime resident of Seattle, Kary Wayson works as a freelance editor, poetry teacher, and associate editor for Poetry Northwest. Kary’s work has won several awards, including the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, the Crazyhorse/Linda Hull Memorial Prize, the Charles B. Wheeler Prize for her first book, American Husband, and the Burnside Review Prize for her second book, The Slip. She has received fellowships and grants from Artist Trust, The Washington State Arts Commission, Allied Arts, and 4Culture. Her poems have appeared widely online and in print journals and anthologies, including the Best American Poetry series and The Pushcart Prize anthology. You can find out more about her work at