Mark Jay Brewin Jr is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Southern Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Hollins Critic, Beloit Poetry Journal, Copper Nickel, New Madrid, Poet Lore, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. They have also placed as finalist in the Guy Owen Poetry Prize, the 2011 Third Coast Poetry Prize and the New Letters Literary Award Contest, won the Yellowwood Poetry Contest at the Yalobusha Review, as well as been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first book manuscript Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize at the University of Utah Press and will be available in the 2013 Spring catalog. Mark is currently the Poetry Editor for the online publication Saxifrage Press, a Contributing Editor for the poetry journal Cave Wall, and will be Guest Editor this Fall at PoemOfTheWeek.org.