Staff Bios

Caroline Barr
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.
Emily Brown is an editorial assistant for Poetry Northwest.
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.
Bianca Glinskas
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.
Jaimie Li
Aaron LoPatin
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.
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Serena Solin
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
Kary Waysons