A CLOSER LOOK: Wesley McNair
John Allman is the author of many
books of poems and stories, including A Fine Romance (Quale Press,
2015), Algorithms (Quale Press, 2012), Lowcountry (New
Directions, 2007), Loews Triboro (New Directions, 2004), Inhabited
World (Wallace Stevens Society Press, 1995), Descending Fire
& Other Stories (New Directions, 1994), Curve Away from
Stillness (New Directions, 1989), Scenarios for a Mixed
Landscape (New Directions, 1986), Clio's Children (New
Directions, 1985), Walking Fours Ways in the Wind (Princeton
University Press, 1979). Allman is a two-time recipient of fellowships
from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize winner in Poetry.
poems, and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Yale
Review, The Massachusetts Review, New York Quarterly, Hotel America, 5am, and FutureCycle,
Christopher Buckley’s Star
Journal: Selected Poems will be published by the University of Pittsburgh
Press in fall 2016. His 20th book of
poetry, Back Room at the Philosophers’
Club was published in 2014 by Stephen F. Austin State University Press.
Among several critical collections and anthologies of contemporary poetry he
has edited: Bear Flag Republic: Prose
Poems and Poetics from California, 2008, and One For The Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form, 2012, both from
Lynx House Press, both with Gary Young. He has also edited On the Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger to Nothing, University of
Michigan Press, 1991, and Messenger to
the Stars: a Luis Omar Salinas New Selected Poems & Reader, 2014, for Tebot Bach’s Ash Tree Poetry Series.
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.
Antonia Clark is the author of a
chapbook, Smoke and Mirrors (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and a
full-length poetry collection, Chameleon Moon (David Robert Books,
2014). Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online
journals, including Anderbo, The Cortland Review, The Missouri Review,
The Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, and Softblow. She works as a medical writer
and editor. She has taught poetry and fiction writing and is co-administrator
of an online poetry forum, The Waters. Toni lives in
Winooski, Vermont, loves French picnics, and plays French café music on a
sparkly purple accordion.
Renee Emerson is the author of Keeping Me Still
(Winter Goose Publishing, 2014). She teaches online poetry courses for Poetry
Barn and Shorter University, and her poetry has been published in 32 Poems,
Christianity and Literature, Indiana Review, and others. She lives in Arkansas
with her husband and three young daughters.
Alice Friman’s sixth full-length collection is The View from Saturn: Poems (LSU Press,
2014). Her previous collection, Vinculum: Poems (LSU, 2011), won the
2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. A recipient of a 2012 Pushcart
Prize, Friman’s poems were included in Best
American Poetry 2009 and have been published in 14 countries. Friman lives in Milledgeville,
Georgia, where she is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. Her podcast, Ask Alice, can be seen on YouTube. Friman was the subject of our Closer Look in Innisfree 9. See much more of her work there.
Michael Gessner is the author of six poetry collections. The
most recent is Transversales, and forthcoming this year Selected Poems. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, a
watercolorist, and their dog, “Irish.” His son Christopher writes for screen. Other
publications, reviews, and readings can be found at www.michaelgessner.com.
William Greenway's tenth collection, Everywhere at Once, won the Poetry Book
of the Year Award from the Ohio Library Association, as did his eighth
collection, Ascending Order.
Both are from the University of Akron Press Poetry Series. His work
appears widely: Poetry, American Poetry
Review, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Southern Poetry
Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, and Shenandoah. He has been named Georgia
Author of the Year and received many other honors, including the Helen and
Laura Krout Memorial Poetry Award, the Larry Levis Editors' Prize from Missouri Review; the Open Voice Poetry
Award from The Writer's Voice, the State Street Press Chapbook Competition, an
Ohio Arts Council Grant, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. He is
Distinguished Professor of English at Youngstown State University.
Sonja James is the author of The White Spider in My Hand (New Academia Publishing: Scarith
Books, 2015) and Calling Old Ghosts to
Supper (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Innisfree, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal,
and The Gettysburg Review, among
others. Among her honors are five Pushcart Prize nominations. She resides in
Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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. Jellema was the subject of our
Closer Look in Innisfree 12.
Claire Keyes is the author of The Question of Rapture from Mayapple Press and the
chapbook, Rising and Falling. A
second book of poems, What Diamonds
Can Do, was published in 2015 by Cherry Grove Collections. Her poems and
reviews have appeared in Literary
Bohemian, Sugar Mule, Oberon, Crab Orchard Review, Blackbird, and on
NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. She
is Professor emerita at Salem State University and lives in Marblehead,
Lauchlan’s poems have landed in many publications including New England Review, Virginia
Quarterly Review, The North American
Review, Harpur Palate, Sugar House Review, and Poetry Ireland. His most recent
collection is Trumbull Ave., from WSU
Michael H. Lythgoe was nominated for a Pushcart
Prize in 2012. His chapbook, Brasss, won the Kinloch Rivers contest
in 2006. His full collection, Holy Week, is available from B&N.com
as an ebook. Lythgoe received an MFA from Bennington College after service as
an Air Force officer. His essay on the obsessions of artists received a
literary award from the Porter Fleming Foundation in 2011. He has recent work
in Windhover, Slant, The Caribbean Writer, Spillway, Cairn, The Santa
Fe Review, Verge, and Petigru Review. Mike lives in Aiken, SC.
Laura Manuelidis 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. She is the author of two books of poems: Out of Order (iUniverse, 2007) and One / divided
by Zero: poems (CreateSpace, 2014). Her work, which appears
in Oxford Poetry, The Nation, and Evergreen Review, has been
nominated for Pushcart prizes.
continues to investigate infectious causes of dementia and to publish
scientific articles and other essays.
John McKernan—who grew up in
Omaha Nebraska in the middle of the USA—is now a retired comma herder after
teaching 41 years at Marshall University. He lives in West Virginia and
Florida. His most recent book is a selected poems, Resurrection of the
Dust. He has published poems in The
Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review,
The Journal, Antioch Review, Guernica, Field, and many other magazines.
Roger Mitchell is the author of eleven books of
poetry, most recently The One Good Bite
in the Saw-Grass Plant. His new and selected poems, Lemon Peeled the Moment Before, was published by Ausable Press in
2008. The University of Akron Press published his two previous books, Half/Mask, in 2007 and Delicate Bait, which Charles Simic chose
for the Akron Prize, in 2003. Mitchell directed the Creative Writing Program at
Indiana University and for a time held the Ruth Lilly Chair of Poetry. Other
awards include the Midland Poetry Award, the John Ben Snow Award for Clear
Pond, a work of non-fiction, two fellowships each from the Indiana Arts
Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the River Styx International Poetry Award, and the Ren Hen Press’s
Ruskin Art Club Award. He was a 2005 Fellow in Poetry from the New York
Foundation for the Arts. Currently at work on a biography of poet Jean
Garrigue, he and his wife, the fiction writer Dorian Gossy, live in Jay, New
George Moore's poetry collections include Saint Agnes Outside the Walls
(FutureCycle 2016), Children's Drawings
of the Universe (Salmon Poetry 2015),
and The Hermits of Dingle
(FutureCycle 2013). His poetry has
appeared in The Atlantic, North American Review, and Poetry. His lives
with his wife, a Canadian poet, on the south shore of Nova Scotia.
Beth Paulson is the author of several collections of poems,
including Wild Raspberries, The Company
of Trees, and The Truth About Thunder.
Her most recent book is Canyon Notes
(Mt. Sneffels Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in more than one hundred
national literary magazines and anthologies; her work has received three
Pushcart Prize nominations. Paulson lives in Ouray County, Colorado, where she
teaches writing classes and also leads Poetica, a monthly workshop for poets. She
is a co-founder and co-director of the Open Bard Poetry Series in
Ridgway, Colorado. Previously, she served as a columnist for the Ouray County Plaindealer for ten years
and taught English at California State University in Los Angeles for over
twenty years. You can read more of her poetry at www.wordcatcher.org.
is a retired teacher of English and photography who lives in Bloomington,
Indiana. He is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts and two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards. His poems have
appeared recently in Poet Lore, U.S. 1 Worksheets, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Spoon
River Poetry Review. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony,
Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
J. Stephen Rhodes
J. Stephen Rhodes is the author of two poetry collections, What Might Not Be (Wind Publications, 2014) and The Time I Didn’t Know What to Do Next (Wind Publications, 2008). His poems have appeared in over fifty literary journals, including Shenandoah, Tar River Poetry, The Texas Review, and several international reviews. His essays have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Brevity, and Sojourn, among others. He has won a number of literary awards including two fellowships from the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences and selection as a reader for the Kentucky Great Writers Series. Before taking up writing full-time, he served as the co-director of the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center in Berea, Kentucky.
David Stankiewicz is the author of My First Beatrice
(Moon Pie Press, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Poetry East and The Café
Review and was featured in the 25th anniversary issue of The Aurorean. He
lives in Maine with his wife and daughter and teaches at Southern Maine
Myrna Stone’s last two books, The Casanova Chronicles in 2011 and In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father in 2014, were both
Finalists for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have most recently
appeared in River Styx and Nimrod. She is currently at work on her
fifth book-length manuscript, Luz Bones.
Anne Harding Woodworth on Jean Nordhaus
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of
poetry, most recently, Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014).
By day, Don Zirilli is a director of web
programming for a healthcare informatics company. Most of the rest of the time, he is writing
poetry, taking photographs and making art.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Drew University.
His poetry has been published in River
Styx, Art Times, Specs, Anima, Iota, Antiphon, and other literary magazines
and anthologies. He was the editor of Now
Culture, a journal of literature and arts, in addition to being the art editor
of The Shit Creek Review. In 2015,
his painting served as the cover of the Red
Wheelbarrow poetry anthology, in which he was also the featured poet. Don
and his wife, Colleen, live in Tranquility, New Jersey, with 2 dogs and 3 cats.