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
Victor David Sandiego lives in the high desert of central México where he writes, studies, and plays drums with jazz combos and in musical / poetry collaborations. His work appears in various journals (Cerise Press, Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Review, Off The Coast, Generations Literary Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, others) and has been featured on public radio. He is the founder and current editor of Subprimal Poetry Art. His website is victordavid.com.
Liz Napieralski lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Más Tequila Review, The Rampallian, and The Legendary. She was selected to judge the 2013 In Cahoots contest for cahoodaloodaling, a collaborative publication.
Robert Okaji lives in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in Otoliths, Clade Song, Prime Number Magazine, and Vayavya, among others.
Christine Hamm has a doctorate in modern American poetry and teaches writing and lit in NYC. She has published three books of poetry -- her most recent book, Echo Park, came out from Blazevox. She is the former poetry editor for Ping*Pong journal, published by the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.
Wilna Panagos lives in Pretoria, South Africa, and her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in New Contrast Literary Journal, Gone Lawn, Otoliths, Museum Life, Medusa's Laugh Press, Prick of the Spindle, The Undertow Review.
Evangelene Alaraj...Born in Vancouver...Grew up in Roberts Creek...Found her second home in Palestine...Has a BA from Simon Fraser University with a major of English Lit...works in the hospitality industry...
Shazia Hafiz Ramji lives in Vancouver, BC. Her work has recently appeared in subTerrain, Dear Sir, Sad Mag, Zouch and Press Board Press. She recently graduated from SFU with a major in English, minors in Publishing and History, and a Certificate in Creative Writing.
Marie Landau lives in Albuquerque, where she is a Master’s in Literature candidate at the University of New Mexico. She is an assistant editor for the University of New Mexico Press.
Emmalea Russo is a poet and visual artist. Her visual work has most recently appeared in THE VOLTA. Her chapbooks are book of southern and water (Poor Claudia, 2013) and clearing (dancing girl press, 2013). She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Graham Hardie lives near Glasgow, Scotland. His poetry has been published in Agenda, Shearsman, The Interpreter's House, Gutter, The New Writer, Markings, Cutting Teeth, Nomad, The David Jones Journal, Cake and online at nth position.
William Emery is the author of Kodoku, a children's book about the first man to sail alone across the Pacific Ocean, the nonfiction travelogue Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley, and the "sustainability punk" webcomic Engine. His work has appeared in Mastodon Dentist, The Leveler, The Collagist, and To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices. He is a founding member of Ad Astra Books and Coffee, a worker-owned cooperative bookstore in Salina, Kansas and former acquisitions editor at Heyday Books.
Jen Amos is from Vancouver BC, and currently lives in Kingston, ON. Her non-fiction has appeared in Your Workplace and McClung’s Magazine. After graduating from journalism at Ryerson University, she has taken a number of writing workshops with Canadian writers at Kingston WritersFest. In addition, she attended an amazing four day writing retreat with Lawrence Hill at Wintergreen Studios last fall.
Christy Frost is from Montreal, Quebec and is currently studying English Literature at McGill University. She has been published in The McGill Daily's Literary Supplement and Steps Magazine and edits The Veg Literary Magazine.
Kambria Vance is from Shirley, Illinois.
Amy Oldfield is an Ottawa native, and currently living in London, Ontario and attending Western University. Her work has appeared in Symposium.
Piotr Pawlowski lives in Perth, ON. His poems have been published in various anthologies including Saving Bannister 23 & 25 and Blue Skies.
Danielle Turso is from New York City.
Jessica Schuler has lived in California, Illinois, and Wisconsin; she currently resides in Missouri where she works as an Assistant Teacher at an Early Childhood Education Program.
Megan N. R. Wildhood lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. Her work has appeared in Vineyards: A Journal of Christian Poetry, Ballard Street Poetry Journal, and the "Readers Write" section of The Sun. She has won The Nature of Words' annual Rising Star writing competition for short nonfiction, nature essay and poetry.
Lin Powell writes from Phoenix, Arizona, and has been published in New Millennium Writings, Highlights for Children, Poetry Quarterly, Blue & Yellow Dog, The Speculative Edge, Palo Verde, and other venues.
Adrian N. Strickland is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana currently living in Santa Fe, Texas. He was the 1999 State Winner of the Louisiana Music Teachers Assoc. Piano Rally.
David Menear currently resides in Toronto. He has spent most of his life between Toronto and Montreal, but has also lived in both London, U.K. & Divonne, France. Schooled in NYC. His short stories have been published in QWF/Carte Blanche & The Danforth Review. Poetry included in The International Nelson Mandela Tribute Anthology.
Holly Day lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Slant, and The Tampa Review, and she is the 2011 recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are "Walking Twin Cities" and "Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch."
Jeffrey Zable has been publishing poetry and prose in magazines and anthologies since the mid 70's. He's published five chapbooks including Zable's Fables with an introduction by the late great Beat poet Harold Norse. Present or upcoming work in Sassafras, Subliminal Interiors, Literary Juice, Toad Suck Review, The Cannon's Mouth, Skive Magazine, Epigraph, Owen Wister Review, Muse, and several others.
Roger Williams lives north of San Francisco where he taught (mostly French) at San Francisco State University until his retirement in 1987. A long time before, he studied poetry with Ted Roethke and Louise Bogan and, for some forty years, set poems to music---Wilde, Patchen, Creely, Merwin and many others. Now he writes these poems, but he does not set them to music. His poetry appears in: UDP 6x6,#25, and a broadside; Experiential-Experimental Literature; Counterexample Poetics; Otoliths,#26 (and coming issue); Ygdrasil; Eskimopi.
Thomas Fink is the author of 8 books of poetry, including Joyride (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013) and a book of collaborative poetry with Maya Diablo Mason, Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010). Beard of Bees will publish a chapbook, Former Sestinas, Fink and Tom Beckett’s collaboration. Fink’s work appears in The Best American Poetry 2007 (Scribner’s). A Different Sense of Power (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism, and he is co-editor of Reading the Difficulties: Dialogues with Contemporary Innovative American Poetry, forthcoming from University of Alabama Press. His paintings hang in various collections.
Maya Diablo Mason, co-author of Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010) with Thomas Fink, was published in The First Hay(na)ku Anthology (Meritage, 2006) and her collaborative work has appeared in Otoliths, 21 Stars Review, BlazeVox, Of(f) Course, Long Island Sounds Anthology 2008 and 2009, Marsh Hawk Review, and EOAGH. She is a student at Brown University majoring in English and Visual Arts.
Jacob Braun is a writer and poet from Thorold, ON, majoring in French and Education at Brock University.
Monroe Lawrence lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studies in the English Honours program at the University of British Columbia.
Carla Barkman is a family physician in Atikokan, Ontario. This winter she plans to move to Saskatchewan to work for Northern Medical Services. Her poetry has appeared in Grain, CV2, NeWest Review, prairie fire, and other literary journals, and in the anthology Collected Sex.
James Diaz lives in New York. His poems have been published in Collective Exile, Underground Books, Orion Headless, Bareback Lit, The Mind[less] Muse, Jellyfish Whispers and The Camel Saloon.
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.