The Great American Pinup is a collective blog with contributors across the United States that features in-depth reviews/appreciations of current poetry books and videos.

It also features video of live poetry readings and essays on contemporary poetics or other musings on contemporary poetry.

Contributors are Matthew Schmeer, Kristina Marie Darling, Lisa Bower, Victor Schnickelfritz, David Koehn and Shawn Pittard

Matthew Schmeer teaches at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. He has published in the following magazines: California Quarterly, Concrete Wolf, Connecticut River Review, Crab Creek Review, Curbside Review, Hawai’i Review, Jabberwock Review, Lake Effect, Maize, Natural Bridge, No Tell Motel, Poetry Midwest, Poetry Motel Wallpaper, Potpourri, Quercus Review, Rio Grande Review, Soundings East, Talking River Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review. He also edits Poetry Midwest.

Kristina Marie Darling is a graduate of Washington University, where she received both an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in American Culture Studies. Ten small press collections of her work have been published, among them Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press, 2006), The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press, 2006), Night Music (BlazeVox Books, 2008), and Strange Gospels (Maverick Duck Press, 2008), which was selected for the “New Voices” feature in Ploughshares Magazine. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems appear in such journals as Gargoyle, Cider Press Review, Big City Lit, and Janus Head: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her essays and book reviews have also been published or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The Boston Review, New Letters, The Colorado Review, Shenandoah, and other periodicals. Awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Centrum Foundation, the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, and the Prairie Center of the Arts, as well as scholarships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Ropewalk Writers Retreat. She currently studies philosophy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and hopes to pursue a doctorate in English literature.

Lisa Bower‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming from The Southern Review, Subtropics, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Poetry Southeast, The Hollins Critic, The Florida Review, and The Mississippi Review. She is allergic to many things, including tuna (chicken of the sea) and chicken (yes, really). Lisa currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

Victor Schnickelfritz is a pseudonymous mix of electrolytes and fur who occasionally experiences neuronal arcing. He is now stuck with his name though there is some dispute about its time and place of origin among veteran tricksters who live outside of cyberspace.

David Koehn has published in numerous journals, such as Phoebe, Isotope, 32 Poems, Arabesques, Cranky, Del Sol Review, SomaLit, Rhino, VOLT, Cimarron Review, CrossConnect, Third Coast, Illuminations, RE:AL, New England Review, Pebble Lake Review, New York Quarterly, DelMar, ZYZZYVA, Shampoo, The Paumanok Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Blue Fifth Review, Bitter Oleander, Diner, Prairie Winds, McSweeney’s (Online), Worm, Chain, New Millennium Writings, Euphony, The Pittsburgh Quarterly (Online), Diagram (Online), Maverick Magazine (Online), Poetry Midwest (Online), Three Candles (Online), The West Wind Review, Calapooya, Permafrost, Birmingham Poetry Review, Wisconsin Review, Confluence, Oxford Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southern Indiana Review, Poems and Plays, The Comstock Review, Dream International Quarterly, Artful Dodge, Painted Bride Quarterly, Toad HiWay, Whiskey Island, Aethlon, Snake Nation, Apalachee Quarterly, Cutbank, New Collage, Moravian Review. He has published essays and reviews in American Letters and Commentary, Jacket, New Hampshire Review, The Macguffin, Carnegie Mellon Magazine. He has also published a chapbook entitled COIL.

Shawn Pittard is the author of These Rivers, a chapbook of poems from Rattlesnake Press. His poems, essays, stories, and book reviews have appeared in Confrontation, Cimarron Review, Lullwater Review, Spillway, the Web del Sol Review of Books, and elsewhere. He also blogs about his backcountry amblings at These Rivers, and writes a quarterly column for the Rattlesnake Review. Recently, he co-wrote a screenplay, Junk Sick, with his brother, Trent.


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