Yes, Poetry

Vol.3, Issue 7: July 2012

The new issue can be found here! Thank you for reading, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the work. 

Contributor’s Notes

Sara Borjas is currently earning an MFA in creative writing at UC Riverside. She has been previously published in San Joaquin Review and Verdad.

Elizabeth Brassler iscurrently a student at the University of Tennessee about to graduate with a Business Management Degree, and Collateral in Entrepreneurship. After studying a business curriculum for 4 years, she has found peace through writing.

Maureen Donatelli lives in Abbotsford, BC where she received her BA in English from The University of the Fraser Valley. Besides all things poetic, Maureen enjoys photography and spending time with her children. Her work has appeared in several online publications including Yes, Poetry, vox poetica, OVS, Willows Wept Review, Adroit Journal, and Innisfree Poetry Journal.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Eric Kim earned a B.A. in English at New York University, where he wrote under Anne Carson and Marie Howe. In the fall, he will enter Columbia University to start his doctorate in English and Comparative Literature as a Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellow. His poems have appeared in West 10thand A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.

Patricia Kinney received her degree in Communication Arts and Humanities from Keystone College, and will be pursuing her MA in English at SUNY Binghamton in the fall of 2012. Her work has appeared in Indigo Rising,, and Word Fountain.

Len Krisak is an American poet. He graduated from University of Michigan and Brandeis University. He taught at Brandeis University, Northeastern University, and Stonehill College. His work has appeared in Agenda, Commonweal, The Hudson Review, PN Review, The Formalist, The Cumberland Poetry Review, Tennessee Quarterly, Classical Outlook, Pivot, Rattapallax, The Weekly Standard. He read at Newburyport Literary Festival.He is a part of the Powow River Poets.

Zev Shanken lives in New Jersey and works as an English teacher in New York’s Washington Heights. His poems have appeared in New Verse News, the forthcoming Brownstone Annual, and the forthcoming Möbius, The Poetry Magazine 2012. He is a happy member of Brevitas, an on-line poetry workshop.

Hilary Sideris has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Arts & Letters, Cimarron ReviewConfrontation, Connecticut Review, The Evansville Review, Green Mountains ReviewGrey Sparrow, Gulf CoastMid-American Review,  Poet Lore, PMS, Tar River Poetry,and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among others. Her first and third chapbooks, The Orange Juice is Over and Gold & Other Fish, have been published by Finishing Line Press, and her second chapbook, Baby, was published by Pudding House Press. She lives in Brooklyn and works for The City University of New York, where she develops and coordinates programs for English language learners and nontraditional college students.

Danny Earl Simmons is an Oregonian and a proud graduate of Corvallis High School. He is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and an active member of Albany Civic Theater. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals such as Avatar Review, Summerset Review, The Smoking Poet, Toe Good Poetry, and Pirene’s Fountain.

Timothy J. Van Ausdal is a high school student residing in Cerritos, CA. As a part-time cook and writer, he dices, slices, and juliennes words and vegetables for fun, whipping up the best he can give to a willing ear or mouth.

Editor Biographies

Joanna C. Valente was born in Manhattan, New York. She attends Sarah Lawrence College as a MFA candidate in poetry writing.  In 2011, Joanna was the recipient of the Friends of Humanities/American Society of Poet’s Prize. She is also the founder and editor of the magazine, Yes, Poetry.  Joanna is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College, where she received a BA in creative writing and a BA in literature. Her work has appeared in La Fovea, The Medulla Review, The Houston Literary Review, Owen Wister Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Uphook Press, among others. In her spare time, she is a mermaid. More can be found at her website:

Stephanie Valente lives in New York. One day, she would like to be a silent film star. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from dotdotdashNano FictionLIES/ISLE, and Uphook Press. She can be found at:

G. Taylor Davis, Jr is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program in writing. He received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is currently the managing editor at Yes, Poetry. In the past, his work has appeared in The Boiler Journal and The Atlantis. He hails from the Milky Way, but currently lives in New York.