Brent Calderwood is author of The God of Longing (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). His essays and reviews have appeared in the Chicago-Sun Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the Chapel Hill Herald, the Hartford Courant, and elsewhere. He is Literary Editor for A&U Magazine. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from Poets & Writers magazine, San Francisco Public Library, the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, The Napa Valley Writers Conference, and the Horizon Foundation, and he has been interviewed about his writing, music, and political causes for film, television, and radio.
Stephen S. Mills
Stephen S. Mills grew up in Richmond, Indiana where he discovered a love for reading and writing at an early age. One of his first short stories was about an alien named Zeco who visited a young boy. It won him honorable mention in a writing competition in elementary school and made him want to become a professional writer. In middle school, he spent much of his time writing long stories on his family's first computer. But by high school, he found his interest shifting toward poetry.
He went on to attend Hanover College in Southern Indiana where he majored in English Literature with a minor in Art. His strong liberal arts education helped ground and push his writing. While in college he served as editor of the campus literary magazine and the design editor of the college newspaper. He was also active in the GLBT campus group and worked as a writing center tutor. It was at Hanover where he met his husband Dustin.
After graduating, Stephen was accepted to the MFA program at Florida State University. At FSU, he continued to push his poetry with the help of faculty members David Kirby and Erin Belieu. He also spent his three years there teaching freshmen composition courses. He began to develop his own teaching style which continues to grow today.
On completion of his MFA, he moved with his husband to Orlando, Florida. While in Orlando, Stephen began publishing more and more work in journals and magazines including The Los Angeles Review, PANK, and The Antioch Review. In 2008 his poem "Iranian Boys Hanged for Sodomy, July 2005" won the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award.
In March of 2012, his first book, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, came out from Sibling Rivalry Press. He launched the book with his publisher, Bryan Borland, at the Rainbow Book Fair in New York City. The book went on to sell well (making the contemporary poetry bestsellers list in August of 2012). It was also named a finalist for the Thom Gunn Poetry Award and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.
In October 2012, Stephen and his husband moved to New York City. They currently live in Harlem where Stephen recently completed his second book A History of the Unmarried, which released from Sibling Rivalry Press on September 16, 2014. He is an adjunct professor and does freelance writing work.
Matthew Hittinger is an American poet and writer currently based in New York City. His titles include Skin Shift (2012) and The Erotic Postulate (2014) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and the chapbooks Platos de Sal Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), Narcissus Resists (GOSS183, 2009), and Pear Slip (Spire Press, 2007) winner of the Spire 2006 Chapbook Award.
Born and raised in Bethlehem, PA (not far from the grave of H.D.), Matthew did his undergraduate work in Art History and English at Muhlenberg College and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for Poetry and The Helen S. and John Wagner Prize. Matthew was named a 2012 Debut Poet on the 8th annual list by Poets & Writers Magazine and has received the Kay Deeter Award from the journal Fine Madness, two Sundress Best of the Net nominations, and eleven Pushcart Prize nominations.
His work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including: American Letters & Commentary; Assaracus; Barn Owl Review; Bloom; a feature in Blue Fifth Review; Canteen; Center; Chelsea Station; Clementine; The Concher; Corduroy Mountain; Crazyhorse; DIAGRAM; DMQ Review; Dusie; Gertrude; Hobble Creek Review; Knockout; The L Magazine; Mantis; Mary; Memorious; Meridian; Michigan Quarterly Review; Midway Journal; a feature and cover boy for MiPOesias; No Tell Motel; OCHO; The Good Men Project; The Offending Adam; Phoebe; Poets & Artists (O&S); Press 1; qarrtsiluni; The Raintown Review; StepAway Magazine; Turntable & Blue Light; Weave and elsewhere.
His work has also been anthologized in: Best New Poets 2005; Villanelles; Divining Divas: 100 Gay Poets on the Women Who Inspire Them; A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems; The Rumpus Original Poetry Anthology; Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Justice, Protest and Hope; Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books; Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed; The Queer South: LGBT Writers on the American South; and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems.
In recent years Matthew has collaborated with a number of artists in other disciplines, including video artist Liz Stephens and composer Matt Sargent on the video project “the heart strobed superimposed”; painters Kristy Gordon, Judith Peck, and Francien Krieg; composer Randall West on an art song cycle featuring the texts of “Skin Game” and “Not Berdache Not Gynandromorph Not Even Two Spirit”; and composer John Glover on a number of projects, including setting the text of “The Astronomer on Misnomers” to electronic music with flute accompaniment, and creating an art song out of “8:46 A.M., Five Years Later” for the Five Boroughs Music Festival’s Five Borough Songbook.