We couldn’t be more excited to have the following poets and writers participating in Delta Mouth 2018!


Photo of Chen ChenChen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for a National Book Award. His work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He was featured in Poets & Writers as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” and lives in Rochester, NY with his partner and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.





Photo of Lydia ConklinLydia Conklin was the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in fiction at Emory College. She has received two Pushcart prizes; fellowships from Princeton, MacDowell, and Yaddo; and has been published in Tin House, The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, and in a compilation of the best of the last twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.





Photo of Siaara FreemanSiaara Freeman is from Cleveland Ohio. She’s been published in Glass, Pinch, Texas Borderline Review, Black Napkin Press, and the Bettering American Poetry anthology. She has toured internationally, been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and named a finalist for the 2017 Button Poetry chapbook contest. Siaara is a four-year PinkDoor Fellow, co-coach of the 2017 BNV Detroit team, founder of Wusgood.Black, and a reader for Tinderbox.





Photo of Anne GislesonAnne Gisleson is the author of The Futilitarians. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, The Believer, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She coedited and cowrote How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a Work in Progress and wrote the accompanying essays for photographer Michel Varisco’s Shifting. She teaches at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is cofounder of the arts non-profit Antenna.





Photo of Brandon HobsonBrandon Hobson is the author of Where the Dead Sit Talking, as well as two previous novels, Deep Ellum and Desolation of Avenues Untold. He is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, Conjunctions, NOON, and Narrative Magazine. He holds a PhD from Oklahoma State University and teaches at Northern Oklahoma College.





Photo of Dylan KriegerDylan Krieger is an automatic meaning generator in south Louisiana, where she earned her MFA, twice directed the Delta Mouth Lit Fest, and now sunlights as a trade magazine editor. Her debut collection, Giving Godhead, was one of three books of poetry to appear on the New York Times Book Review list of “100 Notable Books” for 2017. She is also the author of dreamland trash, The Mother Wart, and the forthcoming collection no ledge left to love.






Photo of R.O. KwonR. O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, NOON, Playboy, and San Francisco Chronicle. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Born in South Korea, she has mostly lived in the United States.





Photo of Kiese LaymonKiese Laymon is a black writer from Jackson, Mississippi, who teaches at the University of Mississippi and the University of Iowa. Author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, his work has appeared in Esquire, New York Times, The Guardian, The FADER, and The Best American series. He is a contributing editor of Oxford American and has two books, Heavy and And So On, forthcoming from Scribner in 2018.





Photo of M. MackM. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia. Ze is the author of Theater of Parts and the chapbooks Mine, Imaginary Kansas, and Traveling. Hir work has appeared in cream city review, Cloud Rodeo, Rogue Agent, Menacing Hedge, and The Queer South. Mack is a founding coeditor of Gazing Grain Press, an assistant editor for Cider Press Review, and the monster maker behind What is Reality Plushies.





Photo of Emily NemensEmily Nemens’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, n+1, and The Iowa Review; and she has two chapbooks, including the hybrid project Butcher Papers. Her illustrations have been featured in The New Yorker and in Studs Terkel’s Working: A Graphic Adaptation. She was born in Seattle, educated at Brown University and Louisiana State University, and since 2013 has served as coeditor and prose editor of The Southern Review.





Photo of Donney RoseDonney Rose is a poet, teaching artist, and community activist from Baton Rouge where he works for the arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts Inc. Donney is the author of The Crying Buck. His work appears in Atlanta Black Star, Blavity, Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Slam Find, 225 Magazine, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, and Gris Gris. He was mostly recently named as a 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow.




The only group of its kind in Baton Rouge, the WordCrew cohort (ages 13-19) meets weekly to write, perform, engage in dialogue and discourse, and plan youth spoken word and poetry events. Members coordinate the Forward Arts’ monthly teen open mic and poetry slam, Freshhhh Heat– which is the largest youth open mic in the state, participate in writing retreats, and serve as editors for Crushed Canvas.

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