A CLOSER LOOK: Barbara Crooker

Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett is the author of nine books of poetry and more than two dozen poetry chapbooks. Recent chapbooks include The Wither’d Sedge (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and Swimming in a Watering Can (FootHills Publishing, 2014). He was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2012. In June 2014 he retired from teaching at Wells College and is now Professor Emeritus of English. In July 2015 he received the first annual Writing the Rockies Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Creative Writing. Poems of his have appeared recently in Stone Canoe, Light, The Healing Muse, Tar River Poetry, Think, and Able Muse.

Lucia Cherciu

Lucia Cherciu was born in Romania and came to the United States in 1995. She is a Professor of English at SUNY / Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, NY, and she writes in both English and Romanian. Her newest book of poetry, Edible Flowers (
Main Street Rag, 2015), is available at bookstore/product/ edible-flowers. Her other books of poetry are Lepădarea de Limbă (The Abandonment of Language) (Editura Vinea, 2009) and Altoiul Râsului (Grafted Laughter) (Editura Brumar, 2010). Her poetry has appeared in Antioch Review, Connecticut Review, Cortland Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry East, Astra, Contrapunct, Hyperion, Oglinda Literară, Pro Saeculum, Salonul Literar, Timpul, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her web page is

Philip Dacey

Philip Dacey’s latest of thirteen books is Church of the Adagio (Rain Mountain Press, 2014). He appears in Scribner's Best American Poetry 2014. Winner of three Pushcart Prizes, Dacey has published whole volumes of poems about Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Eakins, and New York City. With David Jauss, he co-edited Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms (HarperCollins, 1986).

Jane Ellen Glasser

Jane Ellen Glasser’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals, such as Hudson Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, 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 and was released in December 2011. Her collection The Red Coat, published in 2013, is available from FutureCycle Press, which also published the chapbook Cracks in 2015. Her work may be previewed on her website:

Erica Goss

Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. She is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press, 2014). Erica teaches poetry workshops and works as a Development Director for California Poets in the Schools. Her poems, reviews, and articles appear widely. Please visit her at:

Elise Hempel

Elise Hempel’s poems have appeared in many places over the years, including Able Muse, Measure, Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry.  Her chapbook Only Child was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014.  She is the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize in Poetry.

Alec Hershman


Alec Hershman lives in Bangkok, Thailand. He has received awards from the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts, The Jentel Foundation, The St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, and The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and Natural Design. More of his work appears in forthcoming issues of Cimarron Review, Western Humanities Review, The Adroit Journal, Bodega, and Cleaver Magazine. More at

Rich Ives

Rich Ives lives on Camano Island in Puget Sound. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Dublin Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily, and many more. He is a winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander and has been nominated twice for the Best of the Web, three times for Best of the Net and six times for The Pushcart Prize. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air Magazine. Tunneling to the Moon, a book of days with a work for each day of the year, is available from Silenced Press; Sharpen, a fiction chapbook, is available form Newer York Press, and Light from a Small Brown Bird, a book of poems, is available from Bitter Oleander Press. He is also the winner of the What Books Press Fiction Competition, and his story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, is now available.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones teaches at Oakland High School in Oakland, CA. His work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and DMQ Review, and has been reprinted in Southern Poetry Review’s anthology, “Poets of the West.”

Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Kathryn Kirkpatrick lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where she is a Professor of English at Appalachian State University. She has a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emory University, where she received an Academy of American Poets poetry prize.  Her poetry collections include The Body’s Horizon (1996), which was selected by Alicia Ostriker for the NC Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell award; Beyond Reason (2004), which was awarded the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association; Out of the Garden (2007), which was a finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association poetry award; Unaccountable Weather (2011); Our Held Animal Breath (2012) which was selected by Chard DeNiord for the Brockman-Campbell Award; and Her Small Hands Were Not Beautiful (2014), selected by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda for the Brockman-Campbell Award.  She has held writing residencies at Norton Island in Maine and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. Her long poem about Maud Gonne in six voices was performed in 2013 as part of the Yeats Summer School festivities in Sligo, Ireland. As a literary scholar in Irish studies and the environmental humanities, she has published essays on class trauma, eco-feminist poetics, and animal studies.

Sandra Kohler
Sandra Kohler is the author of three collections of poems, Improbable Music (Word Press, 2011), The Ceremonies of Longing, winner of the 2002 Associated Writing Programs Award Series in Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), and The Country of Women (Calyx, 1995). Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere over the past 35 years. Born in New York City in 1940, Kohler attended public schools there, Mount Holyoke College (A.B., 1961) and Bryn Mawr College (A.M., 1966 and Ph.D., 1971). She has taught literature and writing in venues ranging from elementary school to university. A resident of Pennsylvania for most of her adult life, she moved to Boston in 2007.

Charlotte Mandel

Charlotte Mandel’s latest book of poetry, Through a Garden Gate with color photographs by Vincent Covello, is published by David Robert Books. Previous titles include two poem-novellas of feminist biblical revision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. Awards include the New Jersey Poets Prize and two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Critical essays include a series on the role of cinema in the life and work of H.D. Visit her at

G.H. Mosson

G.H. Mosson is the author of two books of poetry, Questions of Fire (Plain View, 2009) and Season of Flowers and Dust (Goose River, 2007). His poetry and literary commentary have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Smartish Pace, Unsplendid, Measure, The Potomac Review, and has been thrice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has an MA from The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, where he was a teaching fellow and lecturer, 2003-2005. He lives in Maryland with his family.

Simon Perchik

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

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 available on Amazon. His online chapbook, Afterthoughts, Siestas, and his recording of his Institute for Higher Study appeared in Mudlark in December 2010.

David Salner

David Salner is the author of three collections of poems, the just-published Blue Morning Light (Pond Road Press, 2016), Working Here (Rooster Hill Press, 2010), and John Henry’s Partner Speaks (WordTech, 2008). His poetry has appeared in Threepenny Review, Poetry Daily, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, River Styx, and previous issues of Innisfree Poetry Journal.

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.

Anne Harding Woodworth on Rebecca Foust

Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014).

Richard Lee Zuras

Richard Lee Zuras was born and raised in Virginia, and earned his BA at George Mason University. He earned his MFA as the McNeese Fellow under the auspices of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, before doing Ph.D. work in North Dakota under the late poet Jay Meek. His work has been published in South Dakota Review, Weber Studies, Passages North, Confrontation, Red Rock Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Big Muddy, Xavier Review, Story Quarterly, Confrontation, Laurel Review, Lake Effect, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere. He has held scholarships at Bread Loaf and Wesleyan University, and has garnered a Yemassee Award. Currently, Richard is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where he lives with his wife, two sons, and a red Siberian Husky.

Martha Zweig

Martha Zweig’s collections include Monkey Lightning (Tupelo Press, 2010), What Kind (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), Vinegar Bone (Wesleyan University Press, 1999), and Powers (l976), a chapbook from the Vermont Arts Council. She has received Hopwood and Whiting awards. Her poems are widely published; three were featured in Poetry. Her MFA is from Warren Wilson College.

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