We couldn’t be more excited to have the following poets and writers participating in Delta Mouth 2019!

We’re proud to welcome an impressive lineup of writers including Jos Charles, Tia Clark, Jerika Marchan, Megan McDowell, Carrie Messenger, Thirii Myint, Dennis James Sweeney, Laura Theobald and Jeannie Vanasco. 


joscharles Jos Charles is a trans poet, translator, editor, and author of feeld, a National Book Award long-listed finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions) and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press). Charles has poetry published with POETRY, Poem-a-Day, PEN, Washington Square Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. In 2016 she received the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship through the Poetry Foundation. Jos Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is a PhD student at UC Irvine and currently resides in Long Beach, CA.



tiaclarkTia Clark‘s fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Offing,
Epiphany, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. She has received support and fellowships from the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A graduate of Indiana University’s MFA program, she lives in New Orleans.




Jerika Marchan was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the American South. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in New Orleans. Her debut collection SWOLE (Futurepoem, 2018) was the June 2018 poetry best seller on Small Press Distribution and was named a Must-Read Race and Culture Book of the Summer by Colorlines magazine.






Megan McDowell is a Spanish language literary translator. She focuses on contemporary Latin American authors, and her translations include works by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Mariana Enriquez, Lina Meruane, Diego Zuñiga, and Carlos Fonseca. Her short story translations have been featured in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewTin HouseMcSweeney’sGranta, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Her translation of Alejandro Zambra’s novel Ways of Going Home won the 2013 English PEN award for writing in translation, and her English version of Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin, was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. She has been awarded residencies by the Banff International Translation Center (Canada), Looren Translation House (Switzerland), and Art Omi (USA). She has a Master’s in Humanities with a focus on literary translation from the University of Dallas at Texas, is a former managing editor of Asymptote, and was once a publishing fellow at Dalkey Archive Press. She has lived in Portugal and Switzerland, and currently lives in Santiago, Chile.


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Carrie Messenger earned her B.A. from Yale, her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Republic of Moldova and received a Fulbright grant to Romania. She has presented conference papers on teaching translation, translating contemporary Romanian writing, Bollywood cinema, and the Romanian New Wave. Her work has appeared in literary magazines including Crab Orchard ReviewEcotoneFairy Tale ReviewPleiades, and Witness. Her translations from the Romanian of poetry and prose have appeared in literary magazines including CircumferenceSalmagundi, and Words Without Borders. She is an Associate Fiction Editor for West Branch. She was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2014 and 2016 and at the MacDowell Colony in 2017. Her short story collection In the Amber Chamber won the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction in 2017 and was published by Brighthorse Books in 2018. She teaches at Shepherd University and lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.


thiriimyintThirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven (Noemi Press, 2018) and the family history project Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2021. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver, the associate editor of Denver Quarterly, and an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where she teaches hybrid/experimental forms.





Dennis James Sweeney’s writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, Five Points, The Southern Review, and Witness among others. He is a Small Press Editor of Entropy, an Assistant Editor of Denver Quarterly, the recipient of an MFA from Oregon State University, and a recent Fulbright fellow in Malta. Originally from Cincinnati, he lives in Colorado, where he is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.




LauraTheobaldLaura Theobald is a poet from the Florida Keys living in the South. She is the author of
the full-length poetry collections What My Hair Says About You and Kokomo (forthcoming), plus three chapbooks. She has an MFA from Louisiana State University, and has served as an editor for a number of small press publishers. She creates covers and book layouts for OOMPH! and BOAAT, and works as a freelance graphic designer. Her poems were recently included in the anthologies Poetry of the #MeToo Movement and Women of Resistance.




Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir. Featured by Poets & Writers as one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017, The Glass Eye was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indies Introduce Pick, and an Indie Next Pick. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Modern Love section, the Times Literary SupplementTin House, and on Her poetry honors include an Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University. Her second book, Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl, will be published by Tin House Books in the fall of 2019.

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