Lantern Review: Issue 5


Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Macondo writing communities. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston.

Kristen Eliason received her MFA from the University of Notre Dame, where she spent an additional year in residence as the 2008 Nicholas Sparks Prize recipient. Kristen’s work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Six Little Things, Two Review, Reed Magazine, Makeout Creek, Juked, and her chapbook, Yours, is available from Dancing Girl Press.

Carrie Green's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Cave Wall, Arts & Letters PRIME, Crab Orchard Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, and other journals. The Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded her and the artist Lori Larusso an Artist Enrichment Grant to publish the collaborative chapbook It’s Not My Birthday, That’s Not My Cake (2011), which features Lori’s paintings and Carrie’s poems about them. Carrie lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and works as a reference librarian in a public library.

The Hybridity Issue

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has a poetry collection, I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist, forthcoming in 2013. An editor of more than ten books and three audio books, he is the recipient of the PEN Shorts Prize, Swale Life Poetry Prize, Cyclamens & Swords Poetry Prize, and Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay.

Esther Lee is the author of Spit, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, The Blank Missives. Her poems and articles have appeared in Ploughshares, Verse Daily, Hyphen, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she pursues a PhD in Creative Writing/Literature at the University of Utah and was awarded a Tanner Humanities Doctoral Fellowship to work on her second book.

Karen An-Hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004), which won the Norma Farber First Book Award. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she lives and teaches in southern California, where she is a novice harpist. She earned an MFA from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sally Wen Mao was born in Wuhan, China and grew up in Boston and the Bay Area, CA. Her first book of poems, Mad Honey Symposium, forthcoming from Alice James in May 2014, is the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award. Her poems are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2013 and published in Cream City Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Passages North, and West Branch, among others.