Who We Are

Larissa Shmailo
HOWL Co-founder and Editor
Larissa Shmailo is a poet, novelist, translator, editor, and critic. Her poetry collections are Medusa’s Country (MadHat Press), #specialcharacters (Unlikely Books), In Paran (BlazeVOX [books]), and the chapbooks A Cure for Suicide (Červená Barva Press), and Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks). Her poetry CDs are The NoNetWorld and Exorcism; tracks are available from Spotify, iTunes, Muze, and Amazon. Larissa translated Victory over the Sun and edited the anthology Twentyfirst Century Russian Poetry (Big Bridge Press). Her novel, PatientWomen, is now available from Amazon, BN.com, and BlazeVOX [books]. Please see her wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa_Shmailo and website at www.larissashmailo.com.

Alice Sieve
HOWL Co-founder and Creative Director
Alice Sieve is a graduate joint degree student at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the City College of New York. Her research projects are about trauma studies and the representation of PTSD in the arts. She is also a poet and translator of English, Italian and French, and her interests include feminism, globalization and environmental issues.

Alex Cigale
Signer and Contributor

Alex Cigale is a poet and translator. His own poems in English appear in Colorado Review, The Common Online, and The Literary Review, and his translations in Kenyon Review Online, Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review, PEN America, TriQuarterly, and World Literature in Translation. In 2015, he was awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship for his work on Mikhail Eremin, and he guest-edited the Spring 2015 Russia Issue of the Atlanta Review, writing about it in Best American Poetry. His first book, Russian Absurd: Daniil Kharms, Selected Writings, is just out in the Northwestern University Press World Classics series. From 2011-2013 he was an Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and is currently a Lecturer in Russian Literature at CUNY-Queens College.
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/593774 (New England Review)

Pete Dolack

Signer and Contributor

Pete Dolack is an activist, photographer, poet and writer who wishes he could keep all those balls in the air but, alas, keeps dropping some of them. Pete is the author of It’s Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment, an analysis of the 20th century’s socialist experiments written with an eye toward doing it better in the 21st century. He currently writes the Systemic Disorder blog, and his writings appear in publications including CounterPunch, Z Magazine, The Ecologist, Left Voice and Green Social Thought. As an activist, he currently works with Trade Justice New York Metro.

Annie Finch
Signer and Contributor
Annie Finch is the author of six books of poetry, including Eve, Calendars, Among the Goddesses, and Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Annie’s poems and translations have appeared in The Norton Anthology of World Poetry, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Her books on poetic form and craft include The Ghost of Meter, An Exaltation of Forms, The Body of Poetry, and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (all from University of Michigan Press). Educated at Yale University (B.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.), Annie has taught widely and served for a decade as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing.  She has received the Sarasvati Award for Poetry and the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award. See at anniefinch.com.

Rachel Hadas
Signer and Contributor

Rachel Hadas is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, essays, and translations, and has also edited three anthologies.  her latest book of poems is QUESTIONS IN THE VESTIBULE(Northwestern University Press, 2016), and she is completing verse translations of Euripides’ two Iphigenia plays.  She is Board of Governors professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. See rachelhadas.net.

Anna Halberstadt
Signer and contributor
Anna Halberstadt has published many works in the field of psychology but has found poetry to be a more adequate and condensed way to expand on the same themes—growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors in a country still struggling with past trauma, living in three countries (Lithuania, Russia, U.S.), and immigration. She was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015  Mudfish poetry contests and in Atlanta Review 2015 contest. Anna was a semi-finalist for the Paumanok Poetry Award 2015. She was a winner of the International Merit Award in Poetry 2016 International Poetry Competition in Atlanta review.

Her creative work has been published by Alabama Literary Review, Alembic,   Amarillo Bay,  Atlanta Review, Bluestem, Caliban, Cimarron Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, East Jasmine Review, First Literary Review-East, Forge, Good Men Project, Hawaii Pacific Review, HOWL, Lilith, Literary Imagination, (Oxford Journals), Mudfish, OVS, St. Petersburg Review, Permafrost, Crack the Spine, Rio Grande Review, Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Tiferet and Vilnius Review and translations of her poems in the Lithuanian journals Literatūra Ir Menas, Metai and Šiaurės Atėnai.  Her poetry in Russian was published in the international anthology “Nash Krym” (KRiK, New York) in the winter 2014, and in Russian journals Children of Ra, Arion, Seagull, Zarubezhnyje Zapiski and The Poets Journal. Her translations of poetry from Lithuanian had been published in St.Petersburg Review, Quarterly West, Springhouse Journal , Sinister Wisdom, and the National Translation Month. Her translation of poetry from Russian had been published in Axolotl, Asymptote St.Petersburg Review and Interpoezia.

Her collection of poetry “Vilnius Diary” was published in the Mudfish  Individual Poet Series, Box Turtle Press, in the summer 2014. Her collection in Russian “Transit” was published in June  2016, by West-Consulting, Moscow. Poem “I Was Reborn” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2014 and another poem ”You Can Be in Love with a Man” – for the Pushcart prize 2016 by the Mudfish journal. Anna is a member of the American PEN Center.

Patricia Spears Jones
Signer and Contributor

Patricia Spears Jones is a Brooklyn-based African American poet and author of
A Lucent  Fire: New and Selected Poems from White Pine Press and seven other collections and chapbooks. She curates WORDS SUNDAY, a literary salon in Brooklyn and is a former Program Coordinator for The Poetry Project and served as a Mentor for the first year of Emerge Surface Be.  Her plays have been commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines. She has collaborated with musicians and artists such as Jason Hwang, Ras Moshe Burnett, Lenora Champagne and Danny Tisdale. She is contributing editor to BOMB Magazine and is a senior fellow at Black Earth Institute, where she has edited the recent issue of About Place Journal entitled The Future Imagined Differently.  She is 2015 recipient of a Money for Women/The Barbara Deming Fund award and has received NEA and NYFA grants and awards from Foundation for Contemporary Art and the New York Community Trust. She has moderated or served on panels at AWP and elsewhere. She has residencies at Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Yaddo and The Millay Colony. She teaches for CUNY.

Dean Kostos
Signer and Contributor

Dean Kostos’s forthcoming poetry collection is Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. His books include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. He edited Mama’s Boy and Pomegranate Seeds (its debut reading was held at the United Nations). His work has appeared in over 300 journals, including The Bangalore Review (India), Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com.

Donna Kuhn
Signer and Contributor
Donna Kuhn is the author of ten poetry books and chapbooks. She has published over 400 poems plus visual, sound text, and video poetry in national and international journals both in print and online as well as exhibiting in art galleries and festivals.  In addition to being an author and poet she is an exhibiting visual and video artist and dancer. Her blog can be seen at: http://digitalaardvarks.blogspot.com. She lives in Humboldt County, Ca.

Chris Mansel
Signer and Contributor
Chris Mansel is a writer, artist, filmmaker, epileptic, musician, photographer and a permanent outsider for some reason. He is the author of While in Exile: The Savage Tale of Walter Seems, Patient, and Infinite, Soddoma: The Cantos of Ulysses, Ashes of Thoreau, Interviews and two books of photography entitled, No Burden and Ahisma. Along with Jake Berry, he formed the band Impermanence who have released one album, Arito. He releases music under the name dilapidation Impromptu who have released four albums. His writing and reviews has been published on the web in many sources including The Experioddicist and Galatea Resurrects.

Irina Mashinski
Signer and contributor
Irina Mashinski is the author of eight poetry collections; her work has appeared in Poetry International, Fulcrum, and other literary journals. She is the co-editor of the Cardinal Points journal and of the forthcoming Penguin Book of Russian Verse. Ms.Mashinski received, with B. Dralyuk, the 2012 Brodsky/ Spender Translation Award.

Michael McHugh
Signer and Contributor

Impresario, songwriter, musician, and poet Michael W. McHugh (McQ, Rock’ n’ Roll President) has been mentoring musical talent since 1983, most recently through his organization New Century Booking. Acts booked included members of the Fugs, Phoebe Legere, Regina Spector, Rachel Platten, and hundreds of others. McHugh has also performed as a songwriter, frontman, and poet with folk, antifolk, and rock bands at The Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric and other NYC venues. McHugh recently recorded a studio track in which he played acoustic guitar, sang, did spoken word and rapped; the mix was vetted by producer Jeff Jones (Public Enemy, Eric Clapton, Dr. John). McHugh performs on the NYC scene with his rock band Sonic Art.

Puma Perl.  Signer and Contributor

Puma Perl is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and producer. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ruby True and Belinda and Her Friends, and two full-length poetry collections, knuckle tattoos, and Retrograde, (great weather for MEDIA press.) She is the creator, curator, and producer of Puma Perl’s Pandemonium, which launched at the Bowery Electric in 2012 and brings spoken word together with rock and roll. As Puma Perl and Friends, she performs regularly with a group of excellent musicians. She i s also a journalist and writes cultural and arts columns for the Villager and other publications. Puma is a recipient of a 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing, and a 2015 New York Press Association Award in recognition of her journalism. A comprehensive list of video links and updates on events can be found on her blog,  http://pumaperl.blogspot.com/  Her latest book can be found on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003VODDBK  and previous works can also be purchased at erbacce press http://erbacce-press.com/#/puma-perl/4531745901

Michael Rothenberg
Signer and Contributor

Michael Rothenberg is editor of BigBridge.org and co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. His most recent book of poems is Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press, 2016). A bi-lingual edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story and the journals Tally Ho and the Cowboy Dream/The Real and False Journals: Book 5 will be published by Varasek Ediciones (Madrid, Spain, 2017). Wake Up and Dream will be published in spring 2017 by MadHat Press.

Bill Yarrow
Signer and Contributor

Bill Yarrow is the author of The Vig of LoveBlasphemer, and Pointed Sentences. He is a a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.

Michael T. Young
Signer and Contributor
Michael T. Young’s fourth collection, The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost, was published by Poets Wear Prada. His chapbook, Living in the Counterpoint, received the 2014 Jean Pedrick Award. He received a Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Chaffin Poetry Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including The Cimarron Review, The Cortland Review, Edison Literary Review, Peacock Review, and The Potomac Review. His work is also in the anthologies Phoenix Rising, Chance of a Ghost and in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. He lives with his wife, children, and cats in Jersey City, New Jersey.