Poets on Sports

Our Roster


10262181_10152995605554638_4354915971555402709_nKarissa Morton is from Iowa, & is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cincinnati. She edits Revolution House & has new work in GuernicaThe Indiana ReviewThe Paris-AmericanSonora Review, Tupelo Quarterly, & Lambda Literary, among other places. She & Justin also write poems about the NFL, like this & these. She is a fantasy, NFL, NCAA basketball /football, & horse racing fanatic. karissamorton.wordpress & @ckstarling.

Justin Carter is a Texan currently living in Ohio, where he is pursuing his MFA from BGSU. He enjoys Hakeem Olajuwon, hating all Dallas teams, & poetry. The co-editor of Banango Street, Justin’s new work is appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Hobart, Ninth Letter, & Sonora Review. He can be found at justinrcarter.tumblr & @johnstmoonpie.

Team Members


Fotor0924123021Abigail Cloud is a poet, dancer, and hockey enthusiast from the mid-Michigan area, now living and teaching in Ohio. Her first collection of poems, Sylph, is due from Pleiades Press in April 2014. She has yet to write poems about hockey, but finds writing in an arena soothing.



adeo1Amanda Deo is a Toronto-based poet who prays every Saturday morning to the footie (soccer) gods in the hopes of a Manchester United victory. From her Glaswegian father, the love of soccer has been passed on to her to only mean one thing: life or death. She’s actually a pretty good footie player with a bum knee and a bad hip. She is the founder and editor of Thunderclap! Press, has a bunch of poems everywhere, and writes at amandadeo.com.


benfBen Findlay is an MFA candidate in fiction at Colorado State University and an associate editor at Colorado Review. He can show you where he was born by pointing to his hand. He is terrified of bears and is openly suspicious of quinoa. Sometimes he drinks beer.



Brian Oliu is originally from New Jersey & currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is the author of ‘So You Know It’s Me,’ a series of Tuscaloosa Missed Connections, & ‘Level End,’ lyric essays based on video game boss battles. Nick Saban once thanked him for ‘everything he does,’ but his mouth was too full of barbecue to respond.


brit1Brit Blalock is a native Alabamian who currently lives in Denver. She holds an MFA in poetry from NYU, lives for college football Saturdays, and detests the commentary of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson. You can follow Brit on Twitter (@BritBlalock) or check out britblalock.com for publications and reviews. Roll Tide Roll.


elliot1Elliot Imes lives in Des Moines, IA. He is married to his beautiful wife. They live with a dog and cat. He plays in three bands, and he will soon be a high school English teacher. His big dream in life is to stop caring about the Dallas Cowboys.



ericmorris2Eric Morris teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University & The University of Akron. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The National Poetry ReviewThe South Dakota Review, Puerto del Sol, The Laurel Review, Post Road, Thrush, The Collagist, Anti-, & others. A native of NE Ohio, he voluntarily cheers for the Browns, Indians, & Cavs, &, likewise, involuntarily suffers from acute, sports-related depression.


A Michigan native, Justin J. Brouckaert is a former Lions fan, long distance runner and street ball swingman. Now he writes (mostly) fiction and plays on an all-MFA IM basketball team at the University of South Carolina, where he is a James Dickey Fellow. Find him at jjbrouckaert.tumblr or @JJBrouckaert.


kimKimberly Ann Southwick is the founder & editor in chief of Gigantic Sequins. She lives in Philadelphia, where she bleeds green for the Eagles all year long. Follow her on twitter, especially on Sundays: @kimannjosouth – also, visit her website for more comprehensive info & a list of publications: kimberlyannsouthwick.com.


matt-rowanMatt Rowan lives in Chicago, where he cares about the following sports teams, more or less in this order: Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, & White Sox. He  played football for a long time from HS to college. He may have some things to say about that. He co-edits Untoward, has published a story collection, Why God Why, & his work has appeared in Gigantic, Pear Noir!, SmokeLong Quarterly, & elsewhere.  @No_Me_Say_It


Nathan Kemp is a student at the Northeast Ohio MFA. His poems appear in ILK Journal, NAP, and Puerto del Sol, among others. He’s a poetry editor for Barn Owl Review and wrangles social media for H_NGM_N. He has covered the Cleveland Indians and Akron Aeros for Indians Baseball Insider.


Neal Kitterlin lives in Matteson, IL with his wife and daughter, and has poems appearing or forthcoming in PANK,  Front Porch, and other fine places. He has an e-chap of election poems, Decisions, out from Love Symbol Press, and can be found on twitter @NealKitterlin.  He has four fantasy football teams, and knows that is probably too many.


ptrotti1Patrick Trotti is a writer, editor, and student. But most of all he’s a sports fan. Despite living in New York he proudly dons his Red Sox cap and Larry Bird throwback jersey. If the occasion is special, he’ll ditch the jersey for a button up Patriots or Bruins shirt. The only thing he hates more than a badly written book is A-Rod and his favorite player is the mighty Dustin Pedroia. Find him at patricktrotti.com.


salpane2Salvatore Pane is a tortured Knicks fan living in the heart of Reggie Miller country. He’s the author of the novel Last Call in the City of Bridges, and his work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Hobart, The Collagist, and many other venues. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Indianapolis and can be reached on Twitter at @salpane.


tylerTyler Gobble is the scruffy half of Stoked and a multi-hat wearer for Magic Helicopter Press. He has plopped out four chapbooks, and his first full length poetry collection will be out from Coconut Books in 2014. His favorite sports are disc golf, hoops, and tank tops. More at www.tylergobble.com.

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