Christen Mattix makes textile art, paintings, and social sculptures. Her work is about connection, synthesizing disparate elements into a vibrant whole. She founded The Poem Booth in 2017. Christen's memoir, Skein: The Heartbreaks and Triumphs of a Long Distance Knitter, was released at Village Books in 2017. She has shown and published widely: Clover Literary Journal, Psalter & Lyre, The Whatcom Museum, Smith Vallee Gallery, and SAM Gallery, among others. christenmattix.com
Jory Mickelson is a writer, educator, and retreat facilitator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Southwest American Literature, Vinyl Poetry, The Florida Review, Superstition Review, The Collagist, The Los Angeles Review, and other journals in the United States, Australia, and the UK. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poet’s Prize and is Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry. His most recent chapbook Slow Depth was published by Argus House Press. jorymickelson.com
Sheila Sondik, printmaker and poet, joined the team after winning the 3rd Poem Booth contest. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Kettle Blue Review, The Litterateur, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. Egress Studio Press published her chapbook, Fishing a Familiar Pond: Found Poems from The Yearling, in 2013. sheilasondik.com
We also honor past team members Shannon P. Laws and Summer Starr for their substantial contributions towards the Poem Booth.