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

Kaitlyn Airy is a Korean American poet and fiction writer. Her work appears or is forthcoming in EcoTheo, Crab Creek Review, Moss, Post Road, Cream City Review, Poetry Northwest, and Narrative Magazine. She currently resides in Charlottesville, where she is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Virginia and where she serves as the associate poetry editor for Meridian

Brittany Amborn is the Publicist for Poetry Northwest Editions.
Katherine Anderson is the Business Manager of Poetry Northwest. She has work published in Vibrations, the literary magazine of Everett Community College which she has also worked on as an editor. Her poetry is forthcoming in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Nota Bene 2021 literary magazine.
Dawn Anderson is a Graphic Designer with Poetry Northwest.
Caroline Barr is an Editorial Assistant with Poetry Northwest.artd as

Prince Bush is a poet with poems in Black Warrior Review, PANK, Poet Lore, and more. Prince volunteers as a poetry reader for TriQuarterly and Poetry Northwest.

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.
Evan Bauer is a poet and translator working and living between Japanese and English. He holds a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and his poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Nashville Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.

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 a trauma poet and the author of three award-winning poetry collections: Barbarian at the Gate (Poetry Society of America), Diamond Grove Slave Tree (Ice Cube Press), and The Devil’s Workshop, (forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center 2023).  Cavazos earned an MFA in Creative Writing and the Environment from Iowa State University.

Alyx Chandler is a publicist for Poetry Northwest and a writer from the South. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Montana, where she taught poetry and rhetoric courses. She is also a poetry reader for Electric Literature and a former poetry editor for CutBank Literary Magazine. Currently, she lives in Missoula and serves as the 2021-2022 Americorps VISTA for two Montana-based creative writing non-profits, the Missoula Writing Collaborative and the Free Verse Writing Project. She won first place in poetry for the Alabama Writers’ Conclave Literary Journal Contest in 2018, and her poetry can be found in Cordella Magazine and Glass House Press, among others.

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.
Ashley Edwards is a social worker and organizer in Montgomery, Alabama. She delights in reading poetry and restaurant menus. Her first published work is forthcoming in Simple Machines.
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 from the West Coast. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English Education with emphasis in Creative Writing from California State University of Long Beach. Her poetry has appeared in print and online in literary journals such as Knock Your Socks Off and Glass Mountain, among others. Her poetry reviews and interviews have been featured on Poetry Foundation, The Adroit Journal, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and elsewhere. She has studied at Hugo House in Seattle and Lighthouse Writers in Denver. Bianca currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she works as a Creative Writing Coach on Fiverr, a Content Writer for Haikuists, and as a writing judge for NYC Midnight Writing competitions.
Gabrielle Graceffo is an Associate Editor at Poetry Northwest.

Constance Hansen is the Assistant Managing Editor of Poetry Northwest. Her poetry has recently appeared in Harvard Review Online, EcoTheo Review, and Moist Poetry Journal. She holds degrees from Middlebury College (BA Religion), the University of Washington (MFA Poetry), and Seattle University (Masters in Teaching). Formerly a classroom teacher, Constance is looking forward to teaching poetry at the Hugo House beginning Winter 2022. She lives in Seattle with her family, where she writes about climate for the weather service, Currently. Learn more at

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.
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.

Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. Currently she is a writing resident at Cité internationale, Paris. She was a 2020 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow, and author of The Ghost Wife, winner of the 2017 PSA Chapbook Fellowship. In addition she co-organizes the Undocupoets, which which promotes the work of undocumented poets and raises consciousness about the structural barriers they face in the literary community.

Aaron LoPatin is an Editorial Assistant with Poetry Northwest. as uii i s
Alexa Luborsky is an Editorial Assistant at Poetry Northwest. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Consequence and JuxtaProse. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and works in the financial services industry. She was born in Toronto, Canada and was raised in Rhode Island.

Malia Maxwell is an Editorial Assistant at Poetry Northwest. Originally from Seattle, WA, she is currently pursuing a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing at Stanford University. 

Brittany Padgett is a writer in the Pacific Northwest. She was a lead editor and designer for Manastash Student Literary Journal. For ten years she worked as a program manager for student leadership programs at Everett Community College. She received a B. A. in Professional and Creative Writing from Central Washington University.

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
Amy Sailer is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah and a teacher at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. Her poetry can be found in Cincinnati Review, Hotel Amerika, New South, Meridian, and Sycamore Review, where it won the 2020 Wabash Poetry Prize.

Zach Simon is an MFA Poetry Candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest and Cutthroat Journal of the Arts. He is also an editorial assistant at Ninth Letter. He grew up fishing and writing in the Pacific Northwest.

Alyssandra Tobin was grown in north New Jersey and Boston’s North Shore. Her poetry appears in Poetry Northwest, Puerto del Sol, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. She received her MA from University College Cork, and her MFA from the University of Montana. In addition to her work with Poetry Northwest, she is a poetry reader for Electric Literature.
Nance Van Winckel is a Contributing 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