A CLOSER LOOK: Linda Pastan
Don Berger's poems and prose have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, Conjunctions,
Colorado Review, Ironwood, The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, and
other magazines including some from Berlin, Leipzig, and Budapest. Quality
Hill, his first book, was published by Lost Roads Publishers (editors C.D.
Wright and Forrest Gander). A bilingual
edition of a second collection, The Long Time,
is close to being accepted by Thedel von Wallmoden (Wallstein Verlag) in
Erlangen, Germany. For the past eighteen
years he's taught writing and literature at the University of Maryland and, for
the past ten years, also at Montgomery College.
George Bishop's latest work appears in New Plains Review and Melusine. New work will be
included in Naugatuck River Review and The Penwood Review. Bishop
is the author of four chapbooks, most recently Old Machinery from Aldrich
Publishing. He attended Rutgers University and now lives and writes in
Lavina Blossom grew up in rural Michigan and now lives in
Riverside, California. She divides her
creative hours between poetry and painting (primarily collage and mixed
media). She has a blog focusing on her
creative process as a visual artist:
She has an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of California, Irvine,
and her poems have appeared in various journals, including The Paris Review, The Literary Review, and Kansas Quarterly, as well as in the online journal Poemeleon. Her short story "Blue Dog" appeared
in the online journal Women Writers. She is an Associate Editor of Poetry for Inlandia: a Literary Journey.
Brackett's stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Other Voices, Alaska
Quarterly Review, Squaw Valley Review, The Fourth River, James Dickey Review,
Wisconsin Review, THEODATE, Sierra Songs & Descants (Hip Pocket
Press), and The Untidy Season: An
Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets (Backwaters Press), as well as other
publications. She is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and has
taught creative writing and English literature and composition at Sierra
College. A native of Nebraska, she has lived in California's northern Sierra
Nevada foothills for many years.
Shirley J. Brewer
Shirley J. Brewer (Baltimore, MD) is a poet, educator,
and workshop facilitator. Publication credits include: The Cortland
Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Pearl, Comstock
Review, Loch Raven Review, Passager, Manorborn, and other journals. Her
poetry chapbook, A Little Breast Music, was published in 2008 by
Passager Books. A second book of poems, After Words, was
recently published (February, 2013) by Apprentice House/Loyola University.
M.A. Creative Writing/Publishing Arts, University of Baltimore, 2005. www.apoeticlicense.com
Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.
Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry
Prize of the University of Utah Press for his first book manuscript, Scrap
Iron. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Southern
Poetry Review, New Madrid, The Hollins Critic, Copper Nickel, Southern
Humanities Review, Poet Lore, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Prairie
Schooner, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern
Emily Rose Cole
Emily Rose Cole is an emerging poet, folksinger, and MFA
hopeful currently residing in Indianapolis. Her debut solo album, "I Wanna
Know," was released in May of 2012. Her
work has appeared in several publications, including Amethyst Arsenic, Punchnel's,
Third Wednesday, The Eunoia Review, and The
Philip Dacey was the subject of our Closer Look series in Innisfree
is the author of twelve full-length books of poems, including The Mystery of
Max Schmitt: Poems on the Life and Work of Thomas Eakins (Turning
Point Books, 2004), Vertebrae Rosaries: 50 Sonnets (Red
Dragonfly Press, 2009), The New York Postcard Sonnets: A Midwesterner
Moves to Manhattan (Rain Mountain Press, 2007), Mosquito Operas:
New and Selected Short Poems (Rain Mountain Press, 2010), and most
recently, Gimme Five (Blue Light
Colin Dodds grew up
in Massachusetts and completed his education at The New School in New York
City. Norman Mailer wrote that Dodds' novel The Last Bad Job showed
"something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes
very little to other people." Dodds' novels What Smiled at Him and Another
Broken Wizard have been widely acclaimed by critics and readers alike.
His screenplay, Refreshment—A Tragedy, was named a
semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Two books of Dodds' poetry—The
Last Man on the Moon and The Blue Blueprint—are available
from Medium Rare Publishing. Dodds' writing has also appeared in a number of
periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal Online, Folio, Explosion-Proof, Block
Magazine, The Architect's Newspaper, The Main Street Rag, The
Reno News & Review and Lungfull! Magazine. He lives in
Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.
Phillip A. Ellis
Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar. His
chapbooks, The Flayed Man and Symptoms Positive and Negative, are
available. He is working on a collection for Diminuendo Press. Another has been
accepted by Hippocampus Press. He is the editor of Melaleuca.
Susan Mitchell Evans
Susan Mitchell Evans is a poet and fiction-writer living in
Athens, Georgia. Her work has appeared
most recently in Connecticut River Review
and Athens Magazine. She teaches Advanced Placement English
Literature and oversees an annual creative writing festival.
Roger Fogelman was born in New York City in 1940. From an
early age, he wrote poetry and for the next 45 odd years, he has continued to
produce poems on various subjects, such as nature and the human condition. He
won the Morrison Poetry Prize at Cornell University and the American Academy of
Poets Award at the University of Virginia. His work has been published in the
American Academy of Poets' Commemorative Volume, 1965; the Cornell Writer; and
the Nassau Review. Dr. Fogelman graduated from Cornell University in 1960 and
received an MA and PhD in English from the University of Virginia. He also
holds an MS in TESL from Queens College. He currently resides in New York City.
Lucia Galloway is the author of a
full-length poetry collection, Venus and
Other Losses (Plain View, 2010) and a chapbook, Playing Outside (Finishing Line, 2005). Her poems appear in print
and electronic journals, including The
Comstock Review, The Sow's Ear, Innisfree, Inlandia, Poemeleon, Untitled
Country Review, The Dirty Napkin, The Prose Poem Project, qarrtsiluni, and
Stirring, among the more recent.
Awards include the Robert Haiduke Prize from the Bread Loaf School of
English and first- and second-place prizes from Artists Embassy
International. "Found Horses"
won Honorable Mention in The MacGuffin National Poet Hunt (2005), and other
poems have been recognized with Pushcart or Best of the Net nominations. Galloway co-chairs the reading series, "Fourth
Sundays, Poetry at the Claremont Library."
Joshua Gray on Yvette Neisser Moreno
Joshua Gray is a
native of the Washington DC area, but recently moved to India with his family.
He was the DC Poetry Examiner for Examiner.com for two years, where he wrote
reviews of poetry books by local poets as well as articles on the local poetry
scene. Once upon a time he "busted" (reviewed) poems on his blog
Poembuster, but gave that up a few years ago; however, he now reviews a poem a
month for Poetsandartists.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.
David Brendan Hopes
David Brendan Hopes is professor of literature and
language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, an actor, painter,
and widely produced playwright. He is the author of the Juniper Prize and
Saxifrage Prize-winning book, The
Glacier’s Daughters, and of Blood
Rose (Urthona Press, 1997), the Pulitzer and National-Book Award-nominated A Childhood in the Milky Way (Akron
University Press), and the volumes of nature essays, A Sense of the Morning (1999) and Bird Songs of the Mesozoic, from Milkweed Editions. The latest,
full-length poetry collection A Dream of
Adonis appeared from Pecan Grove Press. His works has appeared in
periodicals such as The New Yorker,
Audubon, Christopher Street, Connecticut Review, The Sun.
Kinzy Janssen was
admitted to several selective poetry workshops at the University of Iowa as an
undergraduate, but she was especially influenced by visiting professor, poet
Mary Ruefle, who was teaching nonfiction at the time. Her poetry earned an
honorable mention in the Wisconsin Arts, Letters, & Sciences 2010 Poetry
Contest and she has read and discussed her poetry on the radio, in art
galleries, and in particularly welcoming bars.
Carol J. Jennings
Carol Jennings was born and
grew up in western New York State. She
attended The College of Wooster, and received her B.A., M.A., and J.D. from New
York University. She worked as an
attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection for
more than 30 years, retiring at the end of 2011. She has participated in numerous poetry
workshops at NYU, the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Md., and Chautauqua. In addition, she served on the staff of The
New York Quarterly in the early years of its publication. Her poems have appeared in The New York
Quarterly, Potomac Review, Oberon, Amelia, Chautauqua,
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and two anthologies.
Judy Kronenfeld is the author of three books and two chapbooks of poetry. Her third book of poetry, Shimmer, was published by WordTech Editions in January, 2012. Her most recent prior full collection is Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize, now available in a second edition from Antrim House (2012); her most recent chapbook is Ghost Nurseries (Finishing Line, 2005). Her poems, as well as the occasional short story, personal essay and review have appeared in many print and online journals (Calyx, Cimarron Review, The American Poetry Journal, Natural Bridge, Hiram Poetry Review, Poetry International, Spoon River Poetry Review, Women’s Review of Books, Pedestal) as well as in over a dozen anthologies including Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009), Love over 60: An Anthology of Women's Poems (Mayapple Press, 2010), and Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse Press, 2012). She is Lecturer Emerita, Dept. of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside.
Hailey Leithauser on James Arthur
Hailey Leithauser recently won the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for her manuscript titled Swoop, which will appear from Graywolf Press in the fall of 2013. Her other awards have included the Discovery/The Nation Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Poetry, and Best American Poetry. She lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Elaine Magarrell, teacher, artist, and writer, was raised in
Clinton, Iowa. She is the author of two prize-winning books of
poetry: On Hogback Mountain (Washington Writers' Prize) and Blameless
Lives (The Word Works Prize). Her work has appeared in Passager,
Poet Lore, The Hollins Critic, and elsewhere. One of her
poems is included in Bedford Introduction to Literature and Bedford
Introduction to Poetry. Honors include numerous grants from the
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and a fellowship to the Virginia
Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in Washington,
Victoria Kohn Michels
Victoria Kohn Michels has three poems forthcoming in Lost Orchard. Her poems have
appeared in Under 35: The New
Generation of American Poets; The Quarterly; Hanging Loose; Open City;
River Styx; Rolling Stone, and Maine
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.
fourth book, Fragile Acts, one of the five finalists for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, is the second title in the new McSweeney's
Poetry Series. His last book is As Much As from Salmon Press, 2011.
Other books are All the Lavish in Common (2005 Juniper Prize), Anonymous
Or (2001 Defined Providence Prize) and five chapbooks, notably Omnivore,
winner of the 2009 Boom Prize from Bateau Press. His next book, Precarious, is
forthcoming from 42 Miles Press in 2014. His poems also appear in Innisfree 6 and Innisfree 8.
has new poems in Passager and Naugatuck River Review. His chapbook, A Day Marked for Telling, was published
in 2011 by Finishing Line Press.
W.J. Preston lives in Greece and has appeared in a number of poetry journals.
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 available on Amazon.
His online chapbook, Afterthoughts, Siestas,
and his recording of his Institute
for Higher Study appeared in Mudlark in December 2010.
A physician and
teacher of art history, Michael Salcman is the author of two collections: The
Clock Made of Confetti (Orchises), nominated for The Poet’s Prize,
and The Enemy of Good Is Better (Orchises, 2011). His anthology
of classic and contemporary poems on doctors and diseases is forthcoming. He
has served as chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and as president
of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. In addition to Innisfree, recent poems appear in Alaska
Quarterly Review, Hopkins Review, New Letters, Notre
Dame Review, Ontario Review, and New York Quarterly.
a cellist who lives in Santa Barbara, has been previously published in the Big
River Poetry Review, Right Hand Pointing, Spectrum, Serving House Journal, This
Great Society, Four and Twenty Magazine, Step Away Magazine, and Into
the Teeth of the Wind.
Lee Slonimsky's poems have
appeared in Atlanta Review, Carolina Quarterly, Connecticut Review, Measure,
The New York Times, North Dakota Quarterly, Poetry Daily, 32 Poems, and
Valparaiso Poetry Review, and have received six Pushcart Prize nominations.
His second collection of poems about the life of Pythagoras, Logician
of the Wind (with cover comments from poets Rachel Hadas and A. E.
Stallings), was published this past January by Orchises Press. He is
co-author—with his wife, Hammett Prize winning mystery writer Carol Goodman—of
the Lee Carroll Black Swan Rising trilogy (Tor Books).
Katherine Smith is the author of one
book of poetry, Argument by Design (Washington
Writers' Publishing House, 2003). Her
work appears in Southern Review,
Ploughshares, Louisiana Literature, Poetry, Louisville Review, Appalachian
Heritage (where her poem "Shipment" won the Denny Plattner Award
for Outstanding poem in 2008), Poems and
Plays, Measure, and Appalachian Journal.
Myrna Stone is the author of four full-length books of poetry: In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father, due out this spring; The
Casanova Chronicles, which was a Finalist for the 2011 Ohioana Book Award
in Poetry; How Else to Love
the World; and The Art of
Loss, for which she was named
2001 Ohio Poet of the Year. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, TriQuarterly, Boulevard, River Styx, Ploughshares, Nimrod, and Boston Review. She lives in Greenville, Ohio, with her husband in an 18th century house.
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.
Thorburn is the author of three books of poems, including This Time Tomorrow (Waywiser Press, 2013) and Every Possible Blue (CW Books, 2012). He lives and works in New
York City. For more information, visit www.matthewthorburn.net.
Lawrence Wray's poems have appeared in Cider
Press Review, Weave, Black Horse Review, and Sentence,
as well as Prime Number, qarrtsiluni, Blood Lotus, and Naugatuck River Review.
Work is also forthcoming in Sin
Froneras/Writers Without Borders.
Remembering Ed Zimmerman