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A CLOSER LOOK: Jane Shore

Indran Amirthanayagam

Indran Amirthanayagam is a multilingual poet, essayist, and translator. His books of poetry include The Elephants of Reckoning, El Infierno de los Pájaros, Ceylon R.I.P., and The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems (Hanging Loose Press, 2012). His most recent collection is Uncivil War (Tsar Publications, 2013). Born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Amirthanayagam is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.


Nan Becker

Nan Becker's first book of poems is After Rain (Elephant Tree House, 2011).  Poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Redivder, Cloudbank 2, Red Rock Review, Nimrod, New Millennium Writing, Salamander and elsewhere. She lives in Stillwater, NJ.




C. Wade Bentley

Wade Bentley lives and writes in Salt Lake City.  His poems have been published, or will soon appear, in Cimarron Review, Best New Poets, Western Humanities Review, Rattle, Subtropics, Chicago Quarterly Review, ARDOR, and Clapboard House, among others.  A chapbook of his poems, Askew, was recently published by Red Ochre Press.

Gigi Bradford on Hailey Leithauser

Gigi Bradford has directed the Academy of American Poets, the Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Program, the NEA Literature Program, the NEA Heritage and Preservation Division, Millennium Projects at the NEA for Chairman Jane Alexander, and the Center for Arts and Culture, the first think tank for the arts. Bradford received an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers Workshop, has published poems and essays, and edited books. Presently, she is Chair of the Folger Poetry Board and serves on the board of the Emily Dickinson Museum. She teaches poetry in Washington, D.C., at Politics & Prose and, most recently, co-edited, with Louisa Newlin, Shakespeare’s Sisters: Women Writers Bridge Five Centuries, a letterpress chapbook from the Folger Shakespeare Library to complement both the Library's 2012 exhibition and its annual Seminar on this topic. She was the inaugural recipient of the Poets House Elizabeth Kray Award for Service to Literature.



Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis' poetry has appeared in Poet Lore, The Atlanta Review, Smartish Pace, and other journals. Her translations of Cuban poetry have been published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, and The New Laurel Review. Her chapbook of poems, The Water that Broke You, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She is the author of several plays and co-author of an award-winning nonfiction book, The Blindfold's Eyes.

Stephen Devereux

Stephen Devereux is a poet, essayist, short story writer and scriptwriter. He has work published in magazines/on websites in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the USA and Australia. He lives and works in Liverpool.




Gail Rudd Entrekin


Gail Rudd Entrekin is Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press and Editor of the online environmental literary magazine, Canary (www.hippocketpress.com/canary).  She is Editor of the poetry anthology Yuba Flows (2007) and the poetry & short fiction anthology Sierra Songs & Descants: Poetry & Prose of the Sierra (2002). Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines, including Cimarron Review, Nimrod, New Ohio Review, and Southern Poetry Review, and her poems were finalists for the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry from Nimrod International Journal in 2011. Entrekin taught poetry and English literature at California colleges for 25 years.  Her books of poetry include Rearrangement of the Invisible, (Poetic Matrix Press, 2012), Change (Will Do You Good) (Poetic Matrix Press, 2005), which was nominated for a Northern California Book Award, You Notice the Body (Hip Pocket Press, 1998), and John Danced (Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press, 1983).  She and her husband, poet and novelist Charles Entrekin, live in the hills of San Francisco's East Bay. 


C.M. Foltz

C.M. Foltz's most recent poetry publication was Don't Forget these Moments, Though They May Bury Us in ISLE (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012). Currently, a PhD candidate in Poetics at the University of Texas (Dallas), he teaches English at Mountain View College.  In addition, he edits the Battistrada Arts Review, a journal of poetry with contributors such as Thomas Lux, Kyle Vaughn, Bruce Bond, and Robert Gibb.



Anton Frost

Anton Frost's work has appeared in Verdad, Parcel, The Bacon Review, Third Wednesday,  Grasslimb, and elsewhere.  He lives in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Paul Grayson

Paul Grayson served as a weather observer in World War II in the U.S. Air Force for four years, including two years in mainland Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.  He has a B.S. in botany and an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics.  Prior to retirement, he worked as a statistician and economist for the Census Bureau, Social Security Administration, and the IRS.  His poems have appeared in Mercury, Comment, Phoenix, Quirks, and the Statistical Reporter.  He has published research papers in the Journal of Farm Economics, Statistics of Income Bulletin, and elsewhere.  He has been a featured reader of his poetry on satellite radio and at Mariposa, the Kensington Library, and other D.C. venues. Paul recently celebrated his 95th birthday.


Hedy Habra

Hedy Habra was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She is the author of a poetry collection, Tea in Heliopolis (Press 53 2013); a short story collection, Flying Carpets (Interlink 2013), which is the 2013 Winner of the Arab American Book Award's Honorable Mention in Fiction; and a book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (Iberoamericana/Vervuert 2012). She has a BS in Pharmacy from the French Faculté St. Joseph of Beirut, as well as an MA and MFA in English and an MA and PhD in Spanish literature, all from Western Michigan University. Her multilingual work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Connotation Press, Nimrod, The New York Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Diode, Cutthroat, Bitter Oleander, Puerto del Sol, Cider Press Review, Poet Lore, Inclined to Speak and Dinarzad's Children 2.  For more information, please visit www.hedyhabra.com



Patricia L. Hamilton

Patricia L. Hamilton is a professor of English at Union University in Jackson, TN.  Her work has recently appeared in Connecticut River Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Illya's Honey, Big Muddy, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee.  Her first volume of poetry, The Distance to Nightfall, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press.  She has received two Pushcart nominations. 



Maryanne Hannan on Suzette Marie Bishop

Maryanne Hannan has published poetry in Rattle, Pearl, Gargoyle, Sentence, and Innisfree. Her website is www.mhannan.com.



Donald Illich

Donald Illich has published work in LIT, The Iowa Review, Nimrod, and other publications.  He is a writer-editor who lives in Rockville, Maryland.


Sonja James

Sonja James is the author of three collections of poetry: Calling Old Ghosts to Supper (Finishing Line Press, 2013), Children of the Moon (Argonne House Press, 2004), and Baiting the Hook (The Bunny & the Crocodile Press, 1999). Her poetry has appeared in FIELD, The Iowa Review, Innisfree, Court Green, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Crab Creek Review, Kestrel, 32 Poems, The Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Verse Daily, and Poet Lore, among others. Among her honors are two Pushcart Prize nominations. In 2007, she was the co-winner of the Sotto Voce Award. In addition, she has contributed book reviews to The Montserrat Review, Smartish Pace, and The Journal. She has two sons and resides in Martinsburg, West Virginia.


Judy Kronenfeld

Judy Kronenfeld's third book of poetry, Shimmer, was published by WordTech Editions in 2012.  Her most recent prior full collection is Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize (2nd edition, 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 such as Calyx, Cimarron Review, The American Poetry Journal, Natural Bridge, Poetry International, Spoon River Poetry Review, Women's Review of Books, and The Pedestal, as well as in a variety of anthologies including Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease (Kent State, 2009), Love over 60: An Anthology of Women's Poems (Mayapple, 2010), and Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse, 2012). She is Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Dept., UC Riverside, and Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon.



Hiram Larew

 

Hiram Larew's work has appeared in a variety of journals, books, and collections, and has received national and regional notice including Pushcart nominations. He lives in Maryland and reads his poetry widely.  His email address is hlarew@juno.com.


Jeanne Larsen

Jeanne Larsen's latest book is Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems). Her first, James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita: A Book of Poems, won the Associated Writing Programs Poetry Series Award. She has since published three print novels (Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, and Manchu Palaces) and an e-novel (Sally Paradiso), as well as two books of translations, Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China and Brocade River Poems: Selected Work of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao. She teaches at Hollins University, where she is currently Director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.



Sean Lause

Sean Lause teaches courses in The American Short Story, Literature and the Absurd, and Literature and the Holocaust at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio.  His poems have appeared in The Minnesota Review, The Alaska Quarterly, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, The Pedestal, European Judaism, The Atlanta Review and Poetry International.


Mark Mansfield

Mark Mansfield's work has appeared in many publications, including Blue Mesa Review, The Evansville Review, Fourteen Hills, Gargoyle, Good Foot, The Ledge, Magma Poetry, Potomac Review, Salt Hill, Tulane Review, and Unsplendid.  He holds an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins, and lives in upstate New York where he teaches.



Laura Manuelidis

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 has also published a collection of poetry, entitled Out of Order, contributed to diverse literary magazines including Oxford Poetry, The Nation, and Evergreen Review, and been nominated for Pushcart prizes. These poems are from a new collection, One / divided by Zero, which has just been published. 


David McAleavey on Terence Winch


David McAleavey’s poetry has appeared in many journals, including Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Georgia Review; since early 2010 he has had over a hundred poems and prose poems in Epoch, Poetry Northwest, Denver Quarterly, Birmingham Poetry Review, diode poetry journal, anderbo.com, Stand, Drunken Boat, and dozens of others. His fifth and most recent book is Huge Haiku (Chax Press, 2005). He teaches literature and creative writing at George Washington University in D.C.



Mark McBride

Mark McBride's work appears in The Southeast Review (winner, World's Best Short Short Story Contest), Subtropics, The Yale Review, and other journals.


George Moore

George Moore is the author of two new collections, The Hermits of Dingle (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and Children's Drawings of the Universe (Salmon Poetry, 2014).  He spends his time between Colorado, where he teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Nova Scotia, where he and his wife, the Canadian poet, Tammy Armstrong, are fixing up a cottage on the southern coast. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, North American Review, and internationally for a number of years.  


Christopher Norris


Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at Cardiff University, Wales, and author of over thirty books on various aspects of philosophy, literary theory, and music. He has also
more recentlypublished poems in Critical Quarterly, Indigo, The European English Messenger, and Scintilla. His collection The Cardinal's Dog and Other Poems appeared from De La Salle University Press last year. 

Barry North

Barry W. North is a sixty-eight-year-old retired refrigeration mechanic. Since his retirement in 2007, he has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, won the 2010 A. E. Coppard Prize for Fiction, and, more recently, won Honorable Mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paterson Literary Review, Slipstream, and others. His published books are Along the Highway and Terminally Human. For more information visit his website at www.barrynorth.org



Andrew Oerke

Andrew Oerke's poems his have appeared in The New Yorker, The New RepublicPoetry, and in numerous other magazines.  In 2006 two new books of his poetry, African Stiltdancer and San Miguel de Allende, were published jointly by Swan Books and the UN Society for Writers and Artists.  They have received the United Nations Literature Award.  His most recent book of poetry, Never Seek to Tell Thy Love, was published in 2010.



Al Ortolani

Al Ortolani's poetry and reviews have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Midwest Quarterly, The English Journal, and the New York Quarterly. He has four books of poetry, The Last Hippie of Camp 50 and Finding the Edge, published by Woodley Press at Washburn University, Wren's House, published by Coal City Press in Lawrence, Kansas, and Cooking Chili on the Day of the Dead from Aldrich Press in Torrance, California. He is an editor for The Little Balkans Review and is on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Writer's Place.



Jef Otte

Jef Otte is a writer and journalist whose work has previously appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Copper Nickel, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice, and other journals and news outlets. He also can juggle, but is not good at it. He's currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Western Michigan Universityrecently ranked west Michigan's third-sexiest institution of higher learningand lives in Kalamazoo with his tenacious wife and two sons.

William Page

William Page's poetry has appeared widely in such journals as The Southern Review, The North American Review, Southwest Review, Nimrod, Wisconsin Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, The Literary Review, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, The Chariton Review, Southern Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, Tar River Poetry, Ploughshares, The Pedestal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal, and in a number of anthologies. His third collection of poems, Bodies Not Our Own, received a Walter R. Smith Distinguished Book Award. His collection William Page Greatest Hits 1970-2000 was published by Pudding House Publications. He is Founding Editor of The Pinch and a retired professor of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis.


Rebecca Parson

Rebecca Parson's poetry has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Montreal Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and elsewhere. A finalist for the Southwest Review's Morton Marr Poetry Prize, she is also a recipient of scholarships and awards from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Academy of American Poets, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Johns Hopkins University.



Beth Paulson

Beth Paulson's poems have appeared nationally in over a hundred journals and anthologies and she has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. Beth lives on Colorado's Western Slope where she teaches writing workshops and co-directs the Open Bard Poetry Series.  Her fourth book, Canyon Notes, was published in 2012 by Mt. Sneffels Press. Visit her at www.wordcatcher.org.



Patric Pepper

Patric Pepper has published two collections of poetry, a chapbook, Zoned Industrial, and a full length collection, Temporary Apprehensions, which won the 2004 Washington Writers' Publishing House Poetry Prize. His work has most recently appeared in Cape Cod Poetry Review, District Lines, and Gargoyle.


Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013).  For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.



Heddy Reid

Heddy Reid is the author of A Far Cry, a chapbook of poems, and The Soul in Balance, a book of selected meditations paired with photographs of the Washington Cathedral. Her work has been published in Innisfree, Passager, Poet Lore, and The Southern Review, as well as several anthologies.  Heddy has taught poetry to adults and serves on the Poetry Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  She and her husband have two grown sons and two grandsons.



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.



William 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 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, 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.


Joseph Saling

Joseph Saling's first book of poems, A Matter of Mind, is available from Foothills Publishing. His poetry and stories have appeared in such journals as The Raintown Review, The Formalist, Poet Lore, Carcinogenic Poetry, and The Bacon Review. He lives in Metro Atlanta with his wife Sandy and their dog Yeats. To pass the time between poems, he writes stories, paints with acrylics, works on a novel, and makes a living as a freelance health writer and editor. More of his writing is available at http://JoeSaling.com.



Dave Seter

Currently enrolled in the MA in Humanities Program at Dominican University of California, Dave Seter earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.  His poetry has recently appeared in Appalachia, Tulane Review, Spillway, Raven Chronicles, and various other publications.  He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.  Born in Chicago, he has lived on both coasts, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California.  His first collection, the chapbook Night Duty, was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.


Felicity Sheehy

Felicity Sheehy is a college senior at Yale University. Her work has previously appeared in The Connecticut Review, The Kenyon Review, and The New Republic. She has received awards from the Connecticut Poetry Society and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony.


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.


Paul Tayyar

Paul Tayyar is an English Instructor at Golden West College, and he received his Ph.D. in American Literature from U.C. Riverside. His most recent book is the novel In the Footsteps of the Silver King (Spout Hill Press), and his collections of poetry include Postmark Atlantis (Level 4 Press) and Scenes From A Good Life (Tebot Bach). His literary press, World Parade Books, recently published Edward Field's Kabuli Days: Travels in Old Afghanistan and Rafael Zepeda's Desperados.

Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review and a founding editor of Toadlily Press. Her chapbook, Minor Heaven, appears in Desire Path (Toadlily Press, 2005). Her poems, essays and photographs have appeared in artists books, exhibition catalogs, galleries, museums, anthologies and literary journals. CityLit Press published a new book of poems and photographs, It Can be Solved by Walking (2012).



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