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Morgan Bazilian's most recent stories have appeared in Eclectica, South Loop Review, Shadowbox, Embodied Effigies, and Glasschord. He lived in Dublin for seven years.
Jeffrey P. Beck
Jeffrey P. Beck is Dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College
at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. He is a literary historian, the author
and editor of four books, and occasionally a published poet.
Bryant has been a psychologist in a mental hospital and an elementary school
librarian. Her work has appeared in the Kansas Quarterly, North Atlantic
Review, and The New York Quarterly.
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.
Chapman grew up in Perris, California, a small railroad town, and now lives in
a small railroad town in Brunswick, Maryland. She made the shift to Brunswick
at about the same time she developed an interest in writing—just after her
sixtieth birthday. Passager Books published her chapbook, Perris, California, as the fourth in their Six Over Sixty
series. Individual poems have appeared in various journals,
including Innisfree, Rattle,
Passager, and River Styx.
Joan Colby is the author of ten
books of poems, including The Lonely Hearts Killers, The Atrocity Book, and her
newest book from Future Cycle Press, Dead Horses. FutureCycle will also publish
her Selected Poems in 2013. Her poems
appear in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry
Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, and Epoch. Her awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards,
the Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts
Council Fellowship in Literature. She is the editor of Illinois Racing News, and lives on a small horse farm in Northern
Amber Rose Crowtree
Amber Rose Crowtree (born Adams) currently lives in New
Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in The
North American Review, The 2008 Poet’s Guide to New Hampshire, New England
Writer's Network, Crosscut, The Puckerbrush Review, and others, and is
forthcoming in Willow Review.
In 2012, she received an award for poetry through the Sunapee, NH, Center for
the Arts Literary Guild. Meanwhile, Amber is in her in 6th season for the
National Park Service.
Devereux has published poetry, short stories and essays in most of the
leading UK literary magazines, as well as several Irish and European titles. He grew up by the rural Suffolk coast but has
lived and worked in the urban northwest for thirty years.
Chidsey Dickson teaches writing at Lynchburg College and volunteers at WordWorks, a non-profit tutoring and creative writing lab that serves middle school children in Lynchburg, Va.
Doom has published in numerous magazines, and some of her poems have also been
published in anthologies. Her chapbook manuscript, Cedar Crossings, won the 2009 Blue Light Poetry Prize and was published in the spring of
2010. She has completed two book
manuscripts, one of poems, and one a memoir currently being reviewed by a
publisher. She moved in 2011 from her
home of many years in the Minnesota River Valley to the Uptown area of South
Kimberly Glanzman is an analyst in Phoenix, Arizona. She won second place in Kakalak: Anthology of Carolina Poets' Annual Contest, 2009. Her work has previously appeared in Iodine Poetry Journal.
Jane Ellen Glasser
Jane Ellen Glasser's poetry has appeared in numerous
journals, such as Hudson Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review,
Georgia Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Poetry Northwest. Her
poems have garnered numerous awards from the Irene Leache Society, Puddingstone,
and the Poetry Society of Virginia, and she has been recognized for outstanding
articles on teaching poetry that were featured in Virginia English Bulletin
and English Journal. In the past she reviewed poetry books for the Virginian-Pilot,
edited poetry for the Ghent Quarterly
and Lady Jane's Miscellany, and
co-founded the nonprofit arts organization and journal New Virginia
Review. A first collection of
her poetry, Naming the Darkness, with an introduction by W.D. Snodgrass,
was issued by Road Publishers in 1991. She won the Tampa Review Prize for
Poetry 2005, and her award-winning book, Light Persists, published by
Tampa University Press in April 2006, received an honorable mention in the 2007
Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Her chapbook On the Corner of Yesterday, published in 2010, was followed by The Long Life, which won the Poetica
Publishing Company Chapbook Contest 2011. Her latest collection, The Red Coat, appeared from FutureCycle
Press in 2013. Glasser volunteers at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in
Broward County, conducting poetry workshops with inmates. She is a member of
The Poetry Society of Virginia, The Writers' Network of South Florida, and The
Fort Lauderdale Writers' Group.
Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada. She's
included in the anthologies Villanelles
(Everyman's Library, 2012) and California
Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University, 2004).
Her collection, The Downstairs Dance
Floor, was awarded the Robert Philips Poetry Chapbook Prize.
Alicia Hoffman lives, writes and teaches in Rochester, New York. An MFA candidate at the Rainier Writer's Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, her recent poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Camroc Press Review, A-Minor Magazine, Softblow, Stone Highway Review, and elsewhere. Her first poetry collection, Like Stardust in the Peat Moss, is due out from Aldrich Press in January of 2014.
Sonja James is the author of three collections of
poetry: Baiting the Hook (The Bunny & the Crocodile Press, 1999), Children of the Moon (Argonne House
Press, 2004), and Calling Old Ghosts to
Supper (Finishing Line Press, 2013).
Her poetry has appeared in FIELD,
The Iowa Review, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Crab Creek Review, 32
Poems, The Journal, Gargoyle, 5 A.M., The South Carolina Review, Beloit Poetry
Journal, Verse Daily, and Poet Lore,
among others. Among her honors are two
Pushcart Prize nominations. In 2007, she
was co-winner of the Sotto Voce Award. For three years she served as an
associate editor of Antietam Review.
In addition, she has contributed book reviews to The Montserrat Review, Smartish Pace, and The Martinsburg Journal. She has two sons and resides in
Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Michael Lauchlan's poems appear in New England Review,
Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Ninth Letter, The
Cortland Review, and Innisfree
and in two anthologies: Abandon
Automobile (Wayne State
University Press) and A Mind Apart
(Oxford University Press). He recently won the Consequence Prize for
Mercedes Lawry has
published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Nimrod, Poetry East, The Saint Ann’s Review, and others. She's also published fiction and humor as
well as stories and poems for children.
Among the honors she's received are awards from the Seattle Arts
Commission, Hugo House, and Artist Trust.
She's been a Jack Straw Writer, a Pushcart Prize nominee twice, and held
a residency at Hedgebrook. Her chapbook, "There are Crows in My Blood," was published by Pudding House Press in 2007 and
another chapbook, "Happy Darkness," was released by Finishing Line Press in
2011. She lives in Seattle.
J.T. Ledbetter has published poetry in Prairie Schooner, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, Poet Lore, Tar River
Poetry, and others. Recent collections include Underlyling Premises (Lewis Clark Press, 2010) and Old and Lost Rivers (Lost Horse Press,
Hailey Leithauser was born in Baltimore and raised in Maryland and Central Florida. Over the years she has worked as a salad chef, real estate office manager, gourmet food salesperson, freelance copy editor, phone surveyor, bookstore clerk, fact checker, and, most recently, senior reference librarian at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
Returning to writing after a break of several decades, her work has appeared widely, in publications such as Poetry, Agni Online, Crazyhorse, the Gettysburg Review, the Iowa Review, Meridian, Pleiades, and Best American Poetry.
She is a recipient of the Discovery/The Nation Prize and an Individual Artist's Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2012, Leithauser's book, Swoop, won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award and is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in October 2013. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Hailey Leithauser interviews Averill Curdy
Born in Queens, New York, Steven Levery is currently living
in Denmark and working at the University of Copenhagen. His fictions, poetry,
and random jottings have appeared semi-regularly in print journals such as
Spindrift and The Greensborough Review; around the web at sites such as Word
Riot, Boston Literary Magazine, Blue Lake Review, 100 word story, Jersey Devil
Press, and Litsnack; and at his blogsite, http://ninetyfirstplace.blogspot.com/.
Lyn Lifshin's Another Woman Who Looks Like Me was
published by Black Sparrow at David Godine in October, 2006. (Also out in 2006
is her prize-winning book about the famous, short-lived racehorse,
Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian from Texas
Review Press.) Lifshin's other recent books include Before it's Light, published
in 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow press, following their publication of Cold
Comfort in 1997 and 92 Rapple from Coatism.: Lost
in the Fog and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenesss and Light
at the End, the Jesus Poems, Katrina, Ballet Madonnas.For other books, bio,
photographs see her web site: www.lynlifshin.com. Persephone
was published by Red Hen and Texas Review published Barbaro: Beyond
Brokenness. Most recent books: Ballroom, All the Poets (Mostly) Who
Have Touched me, Living and Dead. All True, Especially the Lies. And
just out, Knife Edge & Absinthe: The Tango
Poems. In July 2013, NYQ books will
publish A Girl Goes into The Woods. Also just out: For
the Rosespoems after Joni Mitchell and Hitchcock Hotel from
Danse Macabre. Forthcoming books include Secretariat: The Red Freak,
The Miracle. And Tangled as the Alphabet
Poems from NightBallet Press. Just released, the DVD of Lyn
Lifshin: Not Made of Glass.
Joanne Lowery's poems have appeared in many
literary magazines, including Birmingham
Poetry Review, Briar Cliff Review,
Slant, Cottonwood, and Poetry East. She
lives in Michigan.
Michael H. Lythgoe
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.
Janet McCann on Barbara Crooker
Janet McCann's most recent collection is Emily's Dress (Pecan Grove Press,
2004). Her poems appear in Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod,
Sou'wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia, and recently in Ted Kooser's column. She
has co-edited two anthologies, Odd Angles
Of Heaven (1994) and Place Of Passage
(Story Line, 2000). Her honors
include and NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and wins of chapbook contests
sponsored by Pudding Publications, Chimera Connections, and Franciscan
University Press. She has taught at Texas A&M University since
1969. Her reviews have appeared in Women's Literature, Christianity and
Literature, and The Wallace Stevens
Judith McCombs is the author of The Habit of Fire: Poems Selected & New (WordWorks, 2005), her fifth book. Her poems appear in Calyx, Measure, Poet
Lore, Poetry, Potomac Review (Poetry Award), Prairie Schooner, Beltway,
Innisfree Poetry Journal, Levure littếraire, Nimrod (Neruda Award), and Shenandoah
(2012 Graybeal-Gowen Award). She has
held NEH and Canadian Senior Fellowships, and in 2009 won Maryland State Arts
Council's highest Individual Artist Award for Poetry. She arranges a poetry
series at Kensington Row Bookshop in Kensington, MD.
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,
mostly, in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book is a selected poems
titled 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.
Mitchell is the author of eleven books of poetry and a work of non-fiction. He
and his wife, Dorian Gossy, live in Jay, NY, with Harley, the dog, who holds
Charles Patrick Norman
Charles Norman attributes his storytelling to his
grandmother, who told him tales of pioneer life in Texas, where he spent his
early years. Serving a life sentence in
Florida prisons, Norman won a MENSA scholarship that allowed him to continue
his college education. Norman joined the
PEN American Center Prison Writing Program in 1985, at the urging of a teacher
who encouraged his writing talents. He
has won numerous writing awards for short stories, memoirs, plays, and poetry. Most recently, PEN awarded Norman a prize in
poetry for 2010.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker,
and elsewhere. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled
"Magic, Illusion and Other Realities" and a complete bibliography,
please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
Perry L. Powell
Perry L. Powell lives and writes in College Park, Georgia.
His work has appeared in The Heron's
Nest, Ribbons, Prune Juice, A Hundred Gourds, Indigo Rising, The Foliate Oak,
Lucid Rhythms, The Lyric, Haiku Presence, Quantum Poetry Magazine, and The
Stephen S. Power
Poems by Stephen S. Power have appeared in Blue Unicorn, The Lyric, Measure, The Raintown Review and many
other journals, most recently in Clarion, Iron Horse Literary Review, String
Poet, and The New Formalist and as
part of VQR's Instapoetry series. He
lives in Maplewood, New Jersey and tweets at @stephenspower. Other work online:
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'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 Condé, one of Spain's prominent artists, and is available from Itascabooks.com 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, José 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.
William Ruleman's poems and translations have
appeared in many journals, including, most recently, Poetry Salzburg Review, The
Galway Review, and The Sonnet Scroll,
with others forthcoming in The
Pennsylvania Review, The Deronda
Review, and Rubies in the Darkness.
His collections of poetry include A
Palpable Presence (2001) and Sacred
and Profane Loves (2002), both from Feather Books. He has translated
selections from Rilke's Neue Gedichte
for WillHall Books (2003) and Vienna
Spring: Early Novellas and Stories of Stefan Zweig for Ariadne Press
(2010). Currently he is Professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
Poet, essayist, and translator, Sherod Santos is the author
of six books of poetry, most recently The Intricated Soul: New and Selected
Poems (W. W. Norton). In 2005 he published Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation.
He is the recipient of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize and an Award in
Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Chicago.
Anjali Angelika Sarkar
Anjali Angelika Sarkar was born in Remcheid, Germany, educated
in Calcutta, India, and currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Sarkar
is a biologist who studies the development of the placenta at Children's
National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She teaches Biology at Trinity
Washington University. She practices yoga and performs Kathak, an Indian
Ed Shacklee is a public defender who represents
young people in the District of Columbia.
His poems have appeared in Able
Muse, Light, Per Contra, and The Raintown
Review, among other places.
Noel Smith has had poems in New Letters, Shenandoah, and
Innisfree. Her collection of poems, The
Well String, was published by Motesbooks in 2008. You can visit more of her work at
Noelsmithpoetry.com. She was born in NYC
and now lives in the lower Hudson Valley.
Matthew Buckley Smith on Averill Curdy
Matthew Buckley Smith is the author of Dirge for an Imaginary World, which won the 2011 Able Muse Book Award. His poems appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, Think Journal, Linebreak, Iron Horse Literary Review, Innisfree, Commonweal, and Measure, as well as in Best American Poetry 2011. He earned his MFA in poetry at the Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore with his wife, Joanna.
A.B. Spellman is an
author, poet, critic, and lecturer. His
books and articles include Art Tatum:
A Critical Biography (a chapbook), The Beautiful Days (poetry), and Four
Lives in the Bebop Business, now available as Four Jazz Lives (University
of Michigan Press). His poetry
collection, Things I Must Have Known, was published recently by Coffee
House Press. He has served as poet-in-residence at Morehouse College and, at
Emory, Rutgers, and Harvard Universities, taught African-American culture,
modern poetry, creative writing, and jazz.
He has offered reviews and commentaries on National Public Radio's Jazz
Riffs series, including the NPR Basic Jazz Record Library program. During thirty years at the National Endowment
for the Arts, he served as Director of the Expansion Arts Program then as Deputy
Robert Joe Stout
Robert Joe Stout's fiction and poetry has appeared in the
anthologies Southwest, New Southern Poetry, and Survivors
of the Invention. A novel, Miss
Sally, was published by Bobbs-Merrill and another, Running Out the
Hurt, in 2012 by Black Rose. He also
has published the nonfiction books Why Immigrants Come to America and Blood
of the Serpent: Mexican Lives from Praeger and Algora respectively. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.