Carey Salerno is the executive editor & director of Alice James Books where she has been serving underrepresented voices in the literary community since 2008. She is also the author of Shelter (2009) and coeditor of Lit From Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books (2013). She teaches poetry writing for the University of Maine at Farmington. Salerno teaches or lectures on poetry and editing at places across the nation as well. You may find her poems–and articles and interviews regarding her other professional work–in print and online.
Emily Marquis is the Press Assistant at Alice James Books, where she has been learning and growing since the spring of 2019. She graduated with a B.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. She currently lives in Farmington with her two cats, two degus, and an ever-growing army of houseplants.
Debra Norton is the bookkeeper for Alice James Books. She has worked with the press since January 2010 and is also the Treasurer for Farmington Elks Lodge and works as a bookkeeper/office manager for a number of local businesses. Before joining Alice James Books, Debra spent a combination of fifteen years working for a variety of nonprofits which included Maine Coalition for Safe Kids and United Way.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AJB’s Board of Directors is committed to preserving and promoting the mission and vision of the press. The Board of Directors members are:
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Anne Marie Macari, President
Craig Morgan Teicher
AJB Advisory Board members are:
The Alice James editorial board is composed of literary artists, representing a broad range of aesthetic styles and poetic voices. Members of the editorial board, along with Alice James’ executive editor, read submissions to the annual Alice James Award and work together to determine the winner by consensus. Members typically serve a 3-year term on the board, but may apply for shorter terms or consecutive term appointments.
Current editorial board members are:
Andrés Cerpa was raised in Staten Island, New York and spent many of his childhood summers in Puerto Rico. A recipient of fellowships from the McDowell Colony and Canto Mundo, his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poem-A-Day, The Kenyon Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, TriQuarterly, The Rumpus, Frontier Poetry, West Branch, Foundry Journal, Wildness + elsewhere. He holds degrees from the University of Delaware and Rutgers University Newark, and is the author of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy and The Vault.
Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. He was awarded a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and he has also received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, his poems have appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, New England Review, AGNI, Granta and elsewhere. He serves as a poetry editor at The Rumpus.
Joseph Fasano is the author of four books of poetry: The Crossing (Cider Press Review, 2018); the book-length poem Vincent (2015), which Rain Taxi Review hailed as “a major literary achievement”; Inheritance (2014), a James Laughlin Award nominee; and Fugue for Other Hands (2013), which won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was nominated for the Poets' Prize, "awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year." His work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The PEN Poetry Series, American Poets, The American Literary Review, Verse Daily, The Academy of American Poets' poem-a-day program, and the anthologies Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Any Occasion (Abrams, 2015) and The Aeolian Harp (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), among other publications. A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, he teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College. He is the Director of the Unamuno Poem Project, a series dedicated to fostering dialogue between English-language and Spanish-language poets and poems.
Raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana, Kevin Goodan began working for the U.S. Forest Service at a young age, and attended the Universities of Montana and Massachusetts. He has lived in Northern Ireland, and lectured at universities on terrorism. His poems have been published in Ploughshares and other journals. Currently, he resides on a small farm in Western Massachusetts.
Vandana Khanna is the author of two full length collections, Train to Agra and Afternoon Masala, as well as the chapbook, The Goddess Monologues. Her poems have won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize, The Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize, and the Diode Editions Chapbook Competition. Her work has appeared in publications such as theAcademy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, New England Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner and Guernica. She is a poetry editor at the Los Angeles Review.
Elizabeth Lyons holds a PhD from the University of Houston and an MFA from Purdue University. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Indiana Review, New South, and Salt Hill. A recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Vermont Studio Center, the I-Park Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets, she lives in Houston, TX.
Poet and Storyteller Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, and Poets House among others. Winner of the Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and the Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award, Manick was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize. She is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue; and her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, an organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month. A performer at literary festivals, libraries, universities, and most recently the Brooklyn Museum, Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Callaloo, Frontier Poetry, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space, and her essays have appeared in LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and previously on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y. Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award for her poetry collection Viral (Alice James Books, 2013), a book written in response to the tragic death of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University student, and other queer youths who suffered through bullying. Viral was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and was on the National Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List of recommended books for 2013. She is also a winner of Tupelo Press’s Sunken Garden Chapbook Award for her collection Feed (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her poetry has recently appeared in Barrow Street, Passages North, Tampa Review, Notre Dame Review, Diode, and Cimarron Review. Suzanne was a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Seminars. Also a non-fiction author, her travel writing has been anthologized in Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing and published in numerous journals. Suzanne directs the creative writing program at Brookdale Community College in NJ and teaches in the MFA program at Manhattanville College, NY.
Matthew Pennock joined the board of Alice James Books in 2011 after his collection Sudden Dog (Alice James Books, 2012) won the Kinereth-Gensler Award. In 2013, he co-created the editorial board with executive editor Carey Salerno, and then became the board’s first chairperson, a position he still holds. He received his MFA from Columbia University and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. His poems have been widely published in such journals as Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, New York Quarterly, LIT, and elsewhere. He currently owns and operates a learning center outside of Washington, D.C.