Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry

Subhashini Kaligotla grew up in India, the Middle East, and the United States. She trained in electrical engineering and gave up a decade-long career in the telecommunications industry to read for an MFA. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in poetry and a 2006-07 Fulbright Fellow to India for literary translation, her poems have appeared in Catamaran, Crab Orchard Review, The Literary Review, New England Review, Western Humanities Review, and in the anthologies 60 Indian Poets (Penguin India), The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe), and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (U. of Arkansas). She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in South Asian art at Columbia University.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than 10 books and co-produced 3 audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. A recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Dr. Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, he has work forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Cricket Online Review, Dear Sir, Ganymede, Pank, Trapeze, and The Writing Disorder. Desmond also works in clay.

Hsiao-Shih (Raechel) Lee is from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She received her MFA from the University of Notre Dame and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University.

Issue 1 | June 2010

Henry W. Leung is a graduate of Stanford University, where he led the Asian American writing group, Oceanic Tongues, for two years. His work has appeared in Xanadu, Sounds Of This House, Flash Magazine, and is forthcoming in Solo Cafe 6.

Phayvanh Luekhamhan is a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council. Her work has been supported by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Folklife Center. She publishes from time to time and sells her poems via gum ball machine. This year she will be presenting at the Lao American Writer's Summit in Minneapolis. She lives and writes in Montpelier, Vermont. Visit her at

Matthew Olzmann’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Margie, Salt Hill and elsewhere. He is a writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Literary Arts Project.

Soham Patel's work is in Arch, Anti-, The Cortland Review, and other places. She studies poetry in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Craig Santos Perez is the author of from unincorporated territory [saina] (2010).