A CLOSER LOOK: Betty Adcock

Grace Cavalieri

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.

Patricia L. Hamilton

Patricia L. Hamilton is a professor of English at Union University in Jackson, TN. Her most recent work has appeared in Iodine Poetry Journal, Ibbetson Street, Broad River Review, Deep South Magazine, Cider Press Review, and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.  Her first volume of poetry, The Distance to Nightfall, was published in 2014 by Main Street Rag.

Sonja James

Sonja James is the author of Calling Old Ghosts to Supper (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her poetry has appeared in FIELD, Innisfree, 32 Poems, The South Carolina Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Verse Daily, and Poet Lore, among others. New work will appear in the Gettysburg Review. Among her honors are three Pushcart Prize nominations. She has two sons and resides in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Rod Jellema

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.

Robert Krenz

Robert Krenz published a poem in 2014 in an anthology from the Cowboy Press. He and his wife live on five acres near Watsonville, Ca., with two horses and fifty rolling pigeons. He enjoys bonsai.

Miles David Moore

Miles David Moore is a Washington reporter for Crain Communications Inc. He is founder and host of the IOTA poetry reading series in Arlington, Va., and film reviewer for the online arts magazine Scene4. From 2002 to 2009, he was a member of the board of directors of The Word Works, and from 1995 to 2008 he was administrator of its Washington Prize.  His books are The Bears of Paris (Word Works, 1995); Buddha Isn’t Laughing (Argonne House Press, 1999); and Rollercoaster (Word Works, 2004).

Jean Nordhaus

Jean Nordhaus was the subject of our Closer Look in Innisfree 13. Her fourth volume of poetry, Innocence, won the Charles B. Wheeler Prize and was published by The Ohio State University Press in 2006.  Her other books include The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn (Milkweed Editions, 2002), My Life in Hiding (Quarterly Review of Literature, 1991), A Bracelet of Lies (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 1987) and two chapbooks, A Purchase of Porcelain and A Language of Hands

Kyle Norwood

Kyle Norwood is the winner of the 2014 Morton Marr Poetry Prize from Southwest Review. His poems have also appeared in Seneca Review, Kansas Quarterly, Right Hand Pointing, and elsewhere. After earning a doctorate in English at UCLA, he taught for many years in the public high school system in Los Angeles, where he still lives.

Stephen Oliver

Stephen Oliver is the author of 17 volumes of poetry. Traveled extensively. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Free-lanced in Australia/New Zealand as production voice, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc. After 20 years in Australia, currently in NZ. His latest volume, Intercolonial,

a book-length narrative poem, published by Puriri Press, Auckland, NZ (2013). A transtasman epic. Oliver’s work has been translated into German, Spanish, Chinese and Dutch. Forthcoming: poetry in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, edited by Melissa Tuckey, University of Georgia Press, 2016. His video poem, The Great Rogatus, can be seen here:

Barbara J. Orton

Barbara J. Orton’s poems appear in journals including The Yale Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, and 32 Poems, and in anthologies including The New Young American Poets, Under the Rock Umbrella, Villanelles, and Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century. She received her M.F.A.W. in creative writing (poetry) from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.A. in English literature from Tufts University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D.

William Page
William Page’s third collection of poems, Bodies Not Our Own (Memphis State University Press), was awarded a Walter R. Smith Distinguished Book Award. His collection, William Page’s Greatest Hits: 1970-2000, was from Pudding House Publications. His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Southern Review, Sewanee Review, North American Review, Southwest Review, Rattle, Ploughshares, Literary Review, American Literary Review, Southern Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Pedestal Magazine, North Dakota Quarterly, Wisconsin Review, South Carolina Review, and in numerous anthologies, most recently in The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee. He is founding editor of The Pinch.

Patric Pepper

Patric Pepper has published two collections of poetry, a chapbook, Zoned Industrial, and a full-length collection, Temporary Apprehensions, which was a 2004 winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Prize (WWPH). From 2008 through 2013, Pepper was President of WWPH, and continues to serve as production coordinator. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Broadkill Review, District Lines, Gargoyle, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal. He splits his time between Washington D.C. and North Truro, Massachusetts.

Oliver Rice

Oliver Rice’s poems appear widely in journals and anthologies in the United States and abroad. Creekwalker released an interview with him in January 2010. His book of poems, On Consenting to Be a Man, is published by Cyberwit and is available on Amazon. His online chapbook, Afterthoughts, Siestas, and his recording of his Institute for Higher Study appeared in Mudlark in December 2010.

W.M. Rivera

W.M. Rivera's most recent collection of poems is a chapbook titled The Living Clock from Finishing Line Press (2013).  His full-length collection, Buried in the Mind's Backyard (BrickHouse Books, 2011), has a cover print by Miguel Conde, one of Spain's prominent artists, and is available from and Amazon.  Born in New Orleans, he began publishing poetry in the 1950s. His early poetry appeared under the names William Rivera and William McLeod Rivera in The Nation, Prairie Schooner, the Kenyon Review, and The New Laurel Review among other publications. Recent poems have appeared in the California Quarterly, Gargoyle, Ghazal, and Broome Review. His first book of poems, The End of Legend's String, was published in 1960 and illustrated by Mexican artist, Jose Luis Cuevas. Rivera's professional activities in agricultural development have taken him to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Retired from the University of Maryland, he has only recently returned to poetry.

Peter Serchuk

Peter Serchuk’s poems have appeared in a variety of journals including Boulevard, Poetry, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, Texas Review, New Letters, Valparaiso Poetry Review and others. His poetry collections include Waiting for Poppa at the Smithtown Diner (University of Illinois Press) and, most recently, All That Remains (WordTech Editions). He lives in Los Angeles.

M.R. Smith

M.R. Smith is a technology executive writing in Boise, Idaho. His work has appeared or will appear in publications such as The Cascadia Review, Camas, The Literary Bohemian, Punchnel's, The Red River Review, Blacktop Passages, the FutureCycle Press anthology What Poets See, and the Western Press Books anthology Manifest West among others.


Ellen Steinbaum

Ellen Steinbaum is the author of three poetry collections. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places and The Widows’ Handbook. A former literary columnist for The Boston Globe, she writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which is at her web site,

Myrna Stone

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.

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.

Tim Suermondt

Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections: Trying To Help The Elephant Man Dance (The Backwaters Press, 2007) and Just Beautiful from New York Quarterly Books, 2010. He has published poems in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine (U.K.), and has poems forthcoming in december magazine, Plume Poetry Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, and Ploughshares. After many years in Queens and Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong. 

Ayten Tartici

Ayten Tartici is a poet, visual artist, and PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Yale University. Her work has previously appeared in Anamesa, Palimpsest, Confrontation, The Harvard Advocate, and Make Literary Magazine.

Rodney Torreson

Rodney Torreson is the author of four books, his most recent being The Secrets of Fieldwork, a chapbook of poetry published by Finishing Line Press in 2010.  His two full-length books are A Breathable Light (New Issues Press, 2002) and The Ripening of Pinstripes: Called Shots on the New York Yankees (Story Line Press, 1998).  The poet laureate of Grand Rapids from 2007-2010, he founded Through the 3rd Eye, an online website which promotes the poetry of young people in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Buff Whitman-Bradley

Buff Whitman-Bradley’s poems have appeared in many print and online journals. He has published six poetry collections: b. eagle, poet, The Honey Philosophies; Realpolitik: Poems of Protest, Outrage and Resistance; When Compasses Grow OldEverything Wakes Up! and The Next Small Thing. He lives with his wife Cynthia in northern California.

Katherine E. Young

Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards (University of Arkansas Press) and translator of Two Poems by Inna Kabysh (Artist’s Proof Editions).  Her translation of Russian poet Inna Kabysh won third place in the 2011 Joseph Brodsky-Stephen Spender competition. Her translations of Xenia Emelyanova were longlisted for the 2014 PEN/International New Voices Award. These translations of Vladimir Kornilov are forthcoming in The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (Penguin Classics, 2015).  Young co-directs the DC Area Literary Translators network (DC-ALT).

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