Grace Cavalieri’s newest publication is a chapbook, Gotta Go Now (Casa Menendez, 2012). She’s the author of 16 books and chapbooks of poetry, as well as 28 produced plays, short-form and full-length. Her recent books—Millie’s Tiki Villas, Sounds Like Something I Would Say, and Anna Nicole: Poems—are on Kindle’s free lending library. For 35 years, Grace has produced and hosted “The Poet and the Poem” on public radio, recorded at the Library of Congress and transmitted nationally via NPR and Pacifica. She is the poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Her play “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory” opened in NYC in 2011. Her play “Quilting the Sun” opened in S.C. in 2011.
Martha Zweig’s poems appear widely in magazines, including Boston Review, The Paris Review, Boston Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, Field, and Gettysburg Review. Get Lost, her latest full-length collection, won the Rousseau Prize for Literature and is forthcoming from The National Poetry Review Press. Others include Monkey Lightning, Tupelo Press 2010; Vinegar Bone (1999) and What Kind (2003), both from Wesleyan University Press; also Powers (1976), a chapbook from the Vermont Arts Council.
Dan Campion has published previously in Innisfree Poetry Journal and in Light, Poetry, Rolling Stone, and many other places. He recently coedited Paul Carroll’s God & Other Poems.
Terence Culleton lives and teaches in Bucks County, PA. He has published poems in The Amherst Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Cumberland Review, Edge City Review, Janus, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, and various other magazines and journals. His recent books of poems include A Communion of Saints (Anaphora Literary Press, 2011) and Eternal Life (Anaphora Literary Press, 2015).
D. Nurkse’s eleventh book of poetry, Love in the Last Days, a verse re-telling of the Tristan and Iseult legend, will be published by Knopf this September. He’s the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best poetry book published in the UK.
Marjorie Stelmach’s fifth collection of poems is Falter (Cascade Books, 2017). Previous volumes include Bent upon Light and A History of Disappearance (University of Tampa Press) and Without Angels (Mayapple). Her first book, Night Drawings, received the Marianne Moore Prize from Helicon Nine Editions, and a selection of her poems received the first Missouri Biennial Award. She was recently awarded the 2016 Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from Beloit Poetry Journal. Recent work has appeared in Arts & Letters, Boulevard, Florida Review, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Image, The Iowa Review, New Letters, and Tampa Review, among others.
David Salner worked for 25 years as an iron ore miner, steelworker, and general laborer. His writing has appeared in Threepenny Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, River Styx, Beloit Poetry Journal, and many other magazines. His third book is Blue Morning Light and features poems on the paintings of American artist George Bellows. He has an MFA degree from the University of Iowa.
Jean L. Kreiling
Jean L. Kreiling is the author
of The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books, 2014). Her work appears
in American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and
Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of
the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Contest, the String Poet
Prize, the Able Muse Write Prize, and the New England Poetry Club Norma
Farber/Rosalie Boyle prize.
Karen Sagstetter has published poetry and fiction in numerous literary journals, two chapbooks of poetry, two nonfiction books, and The Thing with Willie, a collection of linked stories. She studied in Japan as a Fulbright journalist and worked as senior editor for many years at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries and at the National Gallery of Art.
Sean Lause is a professor of English at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio, United States. His poems have appeared in The Minnesota Review, The Alaska Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, The Pedestal, The Beloit Poetry Journal, European Judaism, Illuminations, Sanskrit and Poetry International. His first book of poems, Bestiary of Souls, was published in 2013 by FutureCycle Press.
Michael Lauchlan’s most recent collection is Trumbull Ave. (Wayne State University Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The North American Review, Ninth Letter, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, and elsewhere.
Laura Manuelidis is the author of two published collections of poetry: Out of Order and One / divided by Zero. Her work has appeared in Oxford Poetry, The Nation, Evergreen Review, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for Pushcart prizes. She is a physician and neuroscientist at Yale who found how repeated DNA sequences define chromosome folding and structure. She continues to investigate infectious causes of dementia, and to publish scientific articles.
Rod Jellema, long associated with the University of Maryland and with The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD), won the Towson University Prize for Literature for A Slender Grace. His most recent book, Incarnality: The Collected Poems (Eerdmans, 2010), includes a CD of his readings of many of them. Rod Jellema was the subject of our Closer Look in Innisfree 12.
G.F. Boyer is a freelance editor and the editor of Clementine Poetry Journal and Clementine Unbound. Her poems have appeared in a number of publications, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, RHINO, and Heron Tree.
Robert Joe Stout
Robert Joe Stout is a freelance journalist and currently resides in Oaxaca, Mexico. His essays, fiction, and poetry appear in a wide variety of commercial and literary magazines.
Bart Sutter is the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. His most recent collections are The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems (BOA Editions, 2012) and Chester Creek Ravine: Haiku (Nodin Press, 2015). Nodin Press will release Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood in 2018. Sutter has written for public radio, he has had four verse plays produced, and he often performs as one-half of The Sutter Brothers, a poetry-and-music duo.
Barbara Crooker’s books of poetry include The Book of Kells, forthcoming from Cascade Books in 2019. Also Les Fauves (C&R Press, 2017), for which you can read Janet McCann’s appreciative piece in this issue of Innisfree. Her other books include Radiance, her first book, which won the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and was finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance, her second book, which won the 2009 Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature. Her writing has received a number of awards, including the 2004 W.B. Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work appears in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. Garrison Keillor has read her poems on The Writer’s Almanac, and she has read her poetry all over the country, including The Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing, The Austin International Poetry Festival, Poetry at Round top, The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium, and the Library of Congress.
A CLOSER LOOK: Pattiann Rogers
Mary-Sherman Willis on Kim Roberts
Mary-Sherman Willis’s books of poems include Caveboy and Graffiti Calculus, a translation of Jean Cocteau’s Grace Notes (Appogiatures), and a new chapbook, A Long Shoot Sweeping. She’s taught at George Washington University and NYU/Shanghai, and serves on the Folger’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Board.
Janet McCann on Barbara Crooker
Janet McCann is, most recently, the author of The Crone at the Casino (Lamar University Press, 2014), a collection of poems. Her work appears in Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou'wester, America, Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, New York Quarterly, Tendril, and elsewhere. A 1989 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship winner, she taught at Texas A&M University from 1969 to 2016 and is now Professor Emerita. She has co-edited anthologies with David Craig: Odd Angles of Heaven (Shaw, 1994), Place of Passage (Story Line, 2000), and Poems of Francis and Clare (St. Anthony Messenger, 2004).
Kurt Olsson’s first collection of poetry, What Kills What Kills Us (Silverfish Review Press, 2007, won the Gerald Cable Book Award and the Towson University Prize for Literature and was named Best Poetry Book of the year by Peace Corps Writers. He also has three chapbooks to his credit: I Know Your Heart, Hieronymus Bosch; Autobiography of My Hand; and Terra Incognita. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, FIELD, The New Republic, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Antioch Review, Poetry East, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, and The Threepenny Review. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he has received several grants from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Anne Harding Woodworth on Martin Galvin
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014).
Kristin Berkey-Abbott is the author of three chapbooks: Whistling Past the Graveyard (Pudding House Publications), I Stand Here Shredding Documents (Finishing Line Press), and Life in the Holocene Extinction (Finishing Line Press). After earning a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, she taught at several colleges and is now the Director of Education at the Hollywood (Florida) campus of City College.
Roger Pfingston is a retired teacher of English and photography. He has poems
in recent issues of Hamilton Stone Review, American Journal of Poetry, and
Dash. New work will appear in the fall issue of Poetry East. His chapbook, A Day
Marked for Telling, is available from Finishing Line Press.
George Moore’s poetry appears in The Atlantic, Poetry (Chicago), Orion, North American Review, Colorado Review, Arc, Orbis, and the Dublin Review. His collections include Saint Agnes Outside the Walls (FutureCycle Press, 2016) and Children’s Drawings of the Universe (Salmon Poetry, 2015). Nominated for six Pushcart Prizes and a finalist for The National Poetry Series, he taught for thirty years at the University of Colorado, and presently lives on the south shore of Nova Scotia.
Moira Egan is an American poet/translator who lives in Rome. She has published six volumes of poetry (four in the U.S., two in Italy). With her husband, Damiano Abeni, she has published, in Italy, more than a dozen volumes in translation by such authors as John Ashbery, John Barth, Aimee Bender, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anthony Hecht, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, and Charles Wright.