ditch, where you find poetry that's off the main road.
Celebrating the innovative, the non-conforming, the radical, the alternative,
the avant-garde, the non-linear, the abstract, the experimental.
Here are the latest contributors to ditch, - click on the highlighted poets' names to read their work
Alyson Miller is a lecturer in literary studies at Deakin University, Australia. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Cordite, Eureka Street and Australian Book Review, and her book, Haunted by Words: Scandalous Text was recently published by Peter Lang.
Jane Shi was born in Nanjing, China and writes from Richmond, B.C. She edits for UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of English, The Garden Statuary.
Sacha Archer is from Hamilton, Ontario. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Trent University and won the 2008 P.K. Page Irwin Prize for poetry. He currently lives in Tianjin, China where he teaches English.
Christine Murray is a City and Guilds Stonecutter. Her chapbook, Three Red Things was published on June 4th 2013 by Smithereens Press, Dublin, Ireland. Her collection, Cycles was published by Lapwing Press (Belfast) in August 2013. A collection, The Blind is forthcoming end of September 2013.
Zarina Zabrisky is the author of two short story collections IRON and A CUTE TOMBSTONE (Epic Rites Press) and a novel WE, MONSTERS (forthcoming in 2013 from Numina Press). Zabrisky's work appeared in over twenty literary magazines and anthologies in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong and Nepal. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist in The Normal School's Prize in Fiction, and a recipient of 2013 Acker Award.
Julie Finch lives in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, majored in communications, minored in English. Her work has been published by BlazeVox.
Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of the poetry collection Let’s Pretend We Never Met. His next book is Savage 1986-2011 coming out with Anvil Press. His work recently appeared in subTerrain, Canadian Literature, Southpaw Grammar and Time Machine Magazine. He is working on a new poetry collection called Throwing Lit Candles At Moez.
Simon Rogghe is a poet, fiction writer and translator of French surrealism and contemporary fiction. His work has appeared and is forthcoming in 3:AM Magazine, Tree Killer Ink, Rolling Thunder, Gone Lawn, The Undertow and other publications. He is currently earning his Ph.D. in French literature at UC Berkeley, specializing in poetry.
Gregory Stapp is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he worked for the Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives, was a Puterbaugh Fellow in World Literature, and won the Tomas Rivera Student Writing prize in Short Fiction. His poems have appeared in World Literature Today II, qarrtsiluni, Cuento Magazine, and Eunoia Review. He lives in Oklahoma and pines for Colorado.
Gil Lawson is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He won the Bard College Written Arts Prize in May of 2013, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
kerry rawlinson emigrated to Canada from Zambia. She’s in recent editions of Prospective: A Journal of Speculation (poems and cover art); Unshod Quills; Kind of a Hurricane Press Sun and Sand Anthology; a winner in 2013 Ascent Aspirations Anthology Contest; Postcards, Poems and Prose Contest.
D.B. Goman has lived in India, Turkey and Israel; he currently lives in Canada. His poetry, stories, and travel essays have appeared in various journals including Quarry, Poetry Montreal, Jones Av., and Eye Magazine. He has just completed his first novel, and will be putting out a collection of poems next year.
Matthias Regan is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks, including The Most of It, CodebookCode, Oil Slick Rainbows, and CHVMS. A full-length collection, Gapers' Delay: Harmolodic Essays, is forthcoming from Virtual Artist's Collective. Another chapbook, Death Blossoms, was recently a runner-up for Omnidawn's annual chapbook prize. He is the editor of The Philosophy Workers: Carl Sandburg's Writings in the International Socialist Review, published by Charles H. Kerr press, and his essays on poetry and culture have appeared in The Journal of Aesthetics and Politics and Deep Routes: The Midwest in All Directions.His poems have appeared in a wide range of journals, including Verdure, Fence and The Partisan Review. He holds an M.A. in poetry from Boston University and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Chicago, and currently teaches at North Central College. He lives in Chicago, where he runs the Next Objectivists Poetry Workshop.
John Landry edited collision on the 1990s in Massachusetts. His book who will prune the plum tree when i'm gone/quién va a polar los ciruelos cuando me vaya was published in 2010 by Editorial Cuneta in Santiago Chile. His work has appeared in Amerarcana, Atmospherics, Bughouse, Caesura, Flying Fish, Fresh Broth, and Glossolalia. He served as contributing editor for the 50th anniversary anthology of San Francisco's BEATITUDE.
Rasiqra Revulva is a Toronto-based writer, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer. In 2010, she was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Judith Eve Gewurtz Memorial Poetry Prize. Her work has been published by The Incongruous Quarterly, Cordite Poetry Review and Steel Bananas Quarterly.
Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of, Mantic (Augury Books), Apparition Wren (Main Street Rag), and several chapbooks, most recently a blade of grass made bare by its own anatomy (Blue Hour Press), Luminal Equation in the collection Narwhal (Cannibal Press), the dream and the dream you spoke (Spire Press), and 12 Greatest Hits (Pudding House, pending). Additional chapbooks include Nightingale Habit (Finishing Line Press) and Origin of Stone.
Kathryn MacLeod lives in Victoria, BC. Her previous books and chapbooks include Entropic Suite (above/ground press, 2012), mouthpiece (Tsunami Editions, 1996) and How Two (Tsunami Editions, 1987) and her works appears in anthologies including Companions and Horizons: An Anthology of Simon Fraser University Poetry (2005), Writing Class: The Kootenay School of Writing Anthology (1999), and East of Main (1989). Recent publications in journals include: Dusie (July 2013) http://dusie.blogspot.ca; 17 seconds (Winter 2013) http://www.ottawater.com/seventeenseconds; and Truck (August 2012) http://halvard-johnson.blogspot.ca/.
Lea Graham is the author of the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011) and of the chapbook, Calendar Girls (above ground Press, 2006). Her poems, essays, translations and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Delirious Hem, Southern Humanities Review and Fifth Wednesday. She is a contributing editor for Atticus Review and works as an Associate Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where she teaches poetry and travel writing among other exciting subjects. Lea Graham was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Northwest Arkansas.
Amy MacLennan lives and writes in Ashland, Oregon. She has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, River Styx, Linebreak, Cimarron Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Folio, and Rattle. Her chapbook, The Fragile Day, was released from Spire Press in the summer of 2011, and her chapbook, Weathering, was published by Uttered Chaos Press in early 2012. She has a poem appearing in the anthology Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke: Erotic Poems that was published by Tupelo Press in March 2013. She is the managing editor at The Cortland Review.
Jaime Lee Kirtz is a MA Candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at Concordia University. Originally from Vancouver, she has attended SFU's Writers Studio as well as obtaining both a BA and BSc from UBC and UofT. She has been published by magazines such as Poetry is Dead and Steel Bananas as well as being included in anthologies Headlight, The Enpipe Line, Emerge 2011 and by the Poetry Institute of Canada. She has forthcoming work in Matrix and Lemonhound.
Alex Cruse grew up in Whittier, California. While studying at UC Berkeley, she worked as Senior Editor of the Undergraduate English Association's literary journal, The Folio. Her writing has appeared in such places as 3AM Magazine, Maximumrockandroll, and the Los Angeles Times. She has self-published several chap-books of poetry, art work, and experimental prose: BLIND AND FINITE, Pro Geras, and Untitled, or, WHEN SOMEONE BEATS YOU WITH A FLASHLIGHT YOU MAKE LIGHT SHINE IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
Vicki Hudson lives in Hayward, California. Recent work has appeared in O-Dark-Thirty, Adanna, Bay Laurel, and Bluestem literary journals. She is the author of the Ebook Chow and print and Ebook No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique. Both Chow and No Red Pen were 2012 Global Ebook award finalists. She received a MFA from Saint Mary's College of California in 2008. Residencies include the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat (2007), Veterans Writing Project's Veterans Writing Conference (2013), and the Napa Valley Writing Conference (2013). In 2013 she joined 84 other poets in the Pulitzer Remix project, each poet creating 30 found poems from a Pulitzer prize winning book of fiction. She is a reader for the Found Poetry Review.
Alyssa Nickerson was born in Vancouver, Canada, and currently resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she studies writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has been published in Word Riot, Counterexample Poetics, Eunoia Review, Poetry Quarterly, and other journals, including winning Editor’s Choice at Camel Saloon.
James D. Autio is a Minneapolis artist. James’ work has appeared in North American Review, ditch, Poemeleon, Drunken Boat, 3:AM Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Venereal Kittens, and other fine venues. James is the recipient of fellowships from Hamline University and the Vermont Studio Center.
Jason Freure is from Kitchener, ON. His poems have appeared in Vallum, The Hart House Review, The Maynard, and Show Thieves Anthology of Contemporary Montreal Poetry. He was the winner of the 2011 Irving Layton Award for Poetry.
Jeremy Stewart is the author of (flood basement (Caitlin Press 2009), a collection of poems about growing up bad in Prince George, British Columbia. His work has been shortlisted three times for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (2008, 2011, and 2012). Stewart was 2007 winner of the Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award. His writing has appeared in filling Station, ditch, The Annandale Dream Gazette, and in the Forestry Diversification Project anthology (UNBC Press 2006).
Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia is the author of This Sentimental Education and Enter the After-Garde along with two other collections of poetry. He was raised in Brooklyn, NY and has a degree in Linguistics. He has studied several living and dead languages in addition to philosophy and poetry at SUNY Albany and Hudson Valley Community College. His work has appeared in BlazeVOX, Caliban Online, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Dagda, Outlaw Poetry Network and Ron Silliman's Blog. He also writes for and edits kjpgarcia.wordpress.com and altpoetics.wordpress.com.
Gavriel Ross resides in Oak Park, Michigan. He has studied advance literature, literary analysis, and poetics at both Macomb Community College and Wayne State University.
Karen Bannister lives in British Columbia. Her writing has been featured in Hip Mama and online at bentlily.com. She holds a Masters in Comparative Literature.
Joey Elenbaas is from Michigan. He has been published by Streetcake Magazine.
John Nyman ’s poetry has appeared in Misunderstandings Magazine, Steel Bananas, The Antigonish Review’s Poet Grow Op, and most recently Cordite Poetry Review. He is a graduate of York University's undergraduate program in creative writing, where he also served as Senior Fiction Editor of Existere, York’s journal of literature and art.
Matt Horrigan is an Ottawa writer and composer currently studying at McGill University. His work can be found in several campus papers and has appeared online courtesy of Graphite Publications.
Rose Hunter is the author of [four paths] (Texture Press 2012), and to the river (Artistically Declined Press 2010). Poetry and other writings have appeared in DIAGRAM, anderbo, Juked, Bluestem, PANK, New World Writing, Cordite, The Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. She is from Australia originally, lived in Canada (Toronto) for ten years, and now lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Conor Harris was born in New York but has spent most of his natural life in Virginia and will be relocating to California. His work has appeared in Ephemera, The Fat City Review and is forthcoming in Blind Literare Journal.
Darren C. Demaree is living and writing in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of "As We Refer to Our Bodies" (2013) and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2014), both are forthcoming from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.
Alan Britt teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland. His recent books are Parabola Dreams: Poems by Silvia Scheibli & Alan Britt (2013), Alone with the Terrible Universe (2011), Greatest Hits (2010), Hurricane (2010), Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003). Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, The Robin Hood Book: Poets in Support of the Robin Hood Tax (Caparison, United Kingdom, 2012), American Poets Against the War (Metropolitan Arts Press, Chicago/Athens/Dublin, 2009) and Vapor transatlántico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, (Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008.) He has also participated in numerous readings and interviews.
Sara Jane Strickland was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and currently lives in London, Ontario. She has received a BA from Western University in Film Studies and Creative Writing. Her poetry and non-fiction has been featured in the journal Occasus.
Carol Shillibeer lives in Vancouver. Her poetry and/or images have appeared in Room, The Malahat Review, ditch, CV2, Counterexample Poetics and others.
Jessica Van de Kemp is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and is currently pursuing an MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Buttontapper Press, The Danforth Review, Vallum, Branch Magazine, and The Fieldstone Review.