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Grace CavalieriGrace Cavalieri's interviews and book reviews have appeared in various journals including The American Poetry Review. Her original "Poet and the Poem" series aired on public radio in 1977. "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress" is an outgrowth of that show premiering in 1997. Approximately  twelve episodes are produced each season, and a number of these are being added to this site. Ms. Cavalieri also has 16 books and chapbooks of poetry and 26 produced plays to her credit. She is twice the recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Award (1993, 2013), and has received the Bordighera Poetry Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, and a CPB Silver Medal, among other awards. In 2013 she received the Association Writing Program’s “George Garrett Award” for Service to Literature. A recent poetry book, Water on the Sun, is on the Pen American Center's "Best Books" list. (Photo courtesy of Dan Murano.)
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Akbar Ahmed
Akbar Ahmed

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Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland. Ahmed has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He has also taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books including a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11. He has just completed a new documentary titled Journey Into Europe, which will be accompanied by a book to be released in 2016.

Kwame Alexander and Peter KlappertKwame Alexander and Peter Klappert

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Kwame Alexander is a poet, publisher, and producer of literary programs. Alexander has authored/edited ten books, including a young adult title, Crush: Love Poems, and Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Family. He resides in the Washington, DC area, where he produces the annual Capital BookFest presented by The Washington Post, and currently serves as the President of Book-in-a-Day, a literacy program that teaches and inspires youth in the writing and publishing process. Peter Klappert is the author of six collections of poems, including Lugging Vegetables to Nantucket (Yale Series of Younger Poets, 1971), The Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty (Alfred A. Knopf, 1984; to be reprinted in the Classic Contemporary series of Carnegie-Mellon University Press) and Chokecherries: New and Selected Poems 1966-1999 (Orchises, 2000). He has taught at Rollins College, Harvard University, New College (FL), The College of William and Mary, and The Graduate Writing Program of George Mason University.

Karren AlenierKarren LaLonde Alenier

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Karren LaLonde Alenier is author of six collections of poetry, including Looking for Divine Transportation, winner of the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature, and On a Bed of Gardenias: Jane and Paul Bowles, new from Kattywompus Press. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On,her jazz opera with composer William Banfield, premiered at New York City’s Symphony Space’s Thalia Theater in June 2005. Composer John Supko is collaborating with her on How Many Midnights, an opera love story about Jane and Paul Bowles. She writes for Scene4 Magazine at She maintains a blog at

Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Carlos Parada AyalaLuis Alberto Ambroggio and Carlos Parada Ayala

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Luis Alberto Ambroggio is an internationally known Hispanic-American poet born in Argentina. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including two bilingual editions: Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems 1987-2006 (2009), with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos, and The Wind’s Archeology (2011). He holds the honor of having been appointed a member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and of PEN. His work has been translated into several languages and has been included in the Archives of Hispanic Literature of the Library of Congress. Ambroggio has co-edited the anthology At The Foot of the White House: Hispanic Poets in Washington, DC (2010) with Carlos Parada Ayala; and compiled, as a Cultural Envoy to Nicaragua, the anthology From Blue to Red: Voices of Nicaraguan Poets from the 21st Century (2011).

Carlos Parada Ayala was born in San Juan Opico, El Salvador. He is a recipient of Washington, DC’s Commission on the Arts Larry Neal Poetry Award in 2005, and has co-edited the anthology Al pie de la Casa Blanca: Poetas hispanos de Washington, DC, published by the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (New York, 2010).The Library of Congress selected this anthology to celebrate 400 years of Hispanic poetry in the United States in 2011. Parada Ayala is a member Late Night Hours, a group of Salvadoran poets, and is a founding member of ParaEsoLaPalabra, a collective of writers, artists and activists whose goal is to promote the arts, music and literature in the Spanish speaking communities of the Washington, DC area. His poetry has appeared in Beltway, Divided City, Arte Poético, Bark, La Bloga, and El Salvador’s Diario Colatino cultural magazine, and he has participated in his country’s International Gathering of Poets. His forthcoming poetry collection is entitled The Light of the Storm. Parada Ayala graduated from Amherst.

Abdul AliAbdul Ali and Le Hinton

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Abdul Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping, which won the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in GargoyleGathering of TribesNational Public RadioNew Contrast (South Africa), The Atlantic, and the anthology Full Moon on K Street, among other publications. A lecturer at Towson University, Ali has received grants, awards, and fellowships from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, American University, the College Language Association, and the Mt. Vernon Poetry Festival at George Washington University. Ali moved to Baltimore County to be closer to his 10-year-old daughter after living in Washington, DC, for 8 years.

Le HintonLe Hinton is the author of five poetry collections including, most recently, The Language of Moisture and Light (Iris G. Press, 2014). His work has been published in Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, Off the Coast, Unshod Quills, THEthe Poetry blog, and Watershed. His poem, "No Doubt About It (I Gotta Get Another Hat)," will appear in The Best American Poetry 2014 later this year.His poem “Epidemic” was the winner of the Baltimore Review’s 2013 Winter Issue contest and in 2014 was selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Public Poetry Project as one of four poems by Pennsylvania-connected poets that were made into posters and disseminated throughout the commonwealth. In 2012 his poem, “Our Ballpark,” was incorporated into Derek Parker’s sculpture Common Thread and permanently installed at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as part of the Poetry Paths project.

Cicely Angleton and Martin GalvinCicely Angleton and Martin Galvin

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Cicely Angleton was born and raised in Minnesota and Tucson, Arizona. A resident of Washington, D.C., for many years, she has a Ph.D. in medieval history. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two books of poems, A Cave of Overwhelming (2005) and Selected Poems (2007). She is included in the new anthology on aging, Inventory (2008).

Martin Galvin’s Wild Card (WWPH) won the 1989 Columbia Prize, judged by Howard Nemerov. His poems have been included in numerous national journals, including Poetry, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, Kansas Quarterly, Texas Review, and Poetry East, and in anthologies including Best American Poetry 1997, Poets Against The War (edited by Sam Hamill), and DC Poets Against the War. In addition to his 2007 chapbook Circling Out and his book Wild Card, he has two other chapbooks: Making Beds (Sedwick Books) and Appetites (Bogg Publications). Awards for his work include First Prize for “Hilda and Me and Hazel” in Poet Lore’s narrative poetry contest in 1992, First Prize in Potomac Review’s Best Poem Competition in 1999 for “Freight Yard at Night,” and First Prize from Sow’s Ear Poetry Journal for “Cream” in a 2007 national competition. He was awarded a writer’s residency at Yaddo for August of 2007.

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Emily FerraraEmily Ferrara, Sabine Pascarelli, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and Rose Solari

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Emily Ferrara is the author of The Alchemy of Grief, winner of the 2006 Bordighera Poetry Prize. The book was published in a bilingual edition (English and Italian) in 2007. She is an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she teaches medical creative writing and doctor-patient communication, and serves as a patient advocate. She has published and presented nationally on the power of writing to foster personal and professional development, and on creative writing as a form of reflective practice. A long-time member of PoemWorks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets, she has received recognition for her poetry from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Worcester County Poetry Association, and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies.  She lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with her wife, a Unitarian Universalist minister. Cicely Angleton and Martin Galvin

Sabine Pascarelli grew up in Germany where she earned a degree in German language and literature at Dortmund University. She writes literature for children, and her poems have appeared in both English and Italian in Only the Sea Keeps, Arabesque Review, Luna e l’Altro, Citra, and Il Chiasso Largo. She works as a translator of English, Italian, and German. Books she has translated include The Alchemy of Grief (Bordighera Press) by Emily Ferrara, winner of the Bordighera Poetry Award 2007; The Poet's Cookbook (Italian edition, 2009; German edition, 2010); Cosa Farei per Amore (Jacaranda Press, 2012), poems in the voice of Mary Wollstonecraft by Grace Cavalieri; and Repubblica (Toad Hall Press, 2013), by J.H. Beall. Pascarelli lives and works in Tuscany. Cicely Angleton and Martin Galvin

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.  She has published sixteen books; her most recent are The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012) and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life:  How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica, 2013). She has a book of poetry forthcoming in fall 2013, entitled The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books).Cicely Angleton and Martin Galvin

Rose Solari is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Difficult Weather and Orpheus in the Park, the one-act play Looking for Guenevere, and the novel A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland; and The Centre for Creative Writing, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, the Columbia Book Award, and an EMMA award for excellence in journalism. Her third book of poems, The Last Girl, is forthcoming in autumn, 2014.

L.S. AsekoffL. S. Asekoff

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L. S. Asekoff has published four books of poetry: Dreams of a Work (1994) and North Star (1997) with Orchises Press, and The Gate of Horn (2010) and the verse novella Freedom Hill (2011) with TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press. His poems have appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and Ninth Letter, and he has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry. He attended Bowdoin College, Trinity College (Dublin), and Brandeis University and taught for forty-two years at Brooklyn College where he was coordinator of the MFA Poetry Program and faculty associate of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities. He lives in Clermont, New York, with his wife, the printmaker Mary Louise Kalin. Photo courtesy of Star Black.

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Quique AvilésQuique Avilés

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Quique Avilés is a poet and performer whose work addresses social issues, especially issues of race, identity and the plight of the poor. A native of El Salvador and a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Avilés has been writing, performing, teaching workshops and mentoring young and emerging artists for more than 25 years. He has written and performed in five one-man shows: Caminata: A Walk through Immigrant America, Chaos Standing, Latinhood, Los Otros Dos/The Other Two and Salvatrucans. He was the founding artistic director of Sol & Soul, a DC-based arts and activism organization. Avilés' first book of poetry, The Immigrant Museum, was published in 2003 in collaboration with Raices de Papel, a design and bookbinding workshop based in Mexico City. He is currently working on his next one-man show, Rehab, which deals with the issue of addiction.

Naomi Ayala and Joseph BriggsNaomi Ayala and Joseph Briggs

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Naomi Ayala’s first book, Wild Animals on the Moon (Curbstone Press, 1997) was selected by the New York City Public Library as one of 1999’s Books for the Teen Age. Her newest book of poems, This Side of Early, was released by Curbstone in March, 2009. A Native of Puerto Rico, Ayala resides in Washington, DC, where she serves as the Executive Director of 826DC (formerly, the Capitol Letters Writing Center). Until recently, she was Senior Writer and Editor for a communications company that specializes in public health education. Ayala also teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.

Joseph S. Briggs has been filling audience halls on the East Coast with his powerful spoken word performances since his release from Federal custody in April 2004.  His two CDs, 1 Wise African and Inside This Man, are journeys into the mind of a young man whose misdirected anger and frustration led him down the wrong path. The CDs include poems about creativity, education, faith, high self-esteem, passion for performing, and courage. The poet says these qualities allowed him to achieve the overall goal of "getting out of this hellhole alive."

Zeina AzzamZeina Azzam

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Zeina Azzam is Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and its educational program, the Palestine Center. She has worked in the fields of education and Middle East affairs for over 30 years. Previously, she served as Director of Educational Outreach at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. She has also worked in the publishing field as editor of academic articles and monographs on Arab affairs. Zeina has presented at workshops and academic conferences on the Arab world, the Arab-Americans, the Palestinians, Islam, and Arabic language, literature, and music. Her articles and poems have appeared in several online and print publications, including Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, Electronic Intifada, Jadaliyya, Mondoweiss, Social Education, Calliope, Mizna, and Sukoon magazines, Split This Rock, and two anthologies. She holds an M.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Sociology from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College.

Holly Bass and Mary MorrisHolly Bass and Mary Morris

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Holly Bass is a writer, choreographer and performer. She has presented her solo work at the Kennedy Center (DC), the Whitney Museum (NY) and the Experience Music Project (Seattle). Her poems have been published in Callaloo, nocturnes (re)view, Role Call (Third World Press, 2002) and The Ringing Ear. She has been awarded two Artist Fellowship grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Holly studied modern dance and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. Mary Morris is the winner of the 2007 Rita Dove Award, and the 2005 New Mexico Discovery Award. She was finalist for the Faulkner Award and Pablo Neruda Prize. She has published in many journals including Quarterly West, Nimrod, Red Rock Review, Indiana Review, and The Sun. She was recipient of a Southwest Literary Foundation Award. Morris grew up in Oklahoma and lived for many south of Guadalajara, Mexico. She taught poetry in northern New Mexico. She has one son and lives with her husband in Washington, DC and Santa Fe.

James. H. BeallJames H. Beall

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James. H. Beall is a member of the faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, a senior consultant to the E.O. Hulburt Center for Space Research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, and a Senior Adjunct Professor at the College of Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is an astrophysicist, a poet, and an author on issues related to public policy. He is also a member of the Science and Engineering Advisory Board of High Frontier in Arlington, Virginia. He holds the degrees of B.A., M.S., and Ph.D., all in physics. Dr. Beall was the administrator for "In the Shadow of the Capitol," a history of the Black Intellectual Community in Washington, DC, between the years 1922 and 1963. His first book was Hickey, the Days; a forthcoming book is entitled Republic.

Anne BeckerAnne Becker

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Poet laureate emerita of Takoma Park, MD, Anne Becker is poet in residence at Pyramid Atlantic, a print-making and book arts studio and gallery in downtown Silver Spring, MD, where she is developing projects to promote collaborations between poets, visual artists, dancers and musicians. Her books include The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin and The Good Body (chapbook). Since 2001 she has led a special poetry workshop, Writing the Body, for those who have experienced life-threatening or chronic illness as patient, caregiver or family member.  For seventeen years she was senior producer of Watershed Tapes, which produced audiocassette recording of nationally and internationally known poets including Alicia Ostriker, Sharon Olds, Joseph Brodsky, Czeslaw Milosz, and Yehuda Amichai.

Anne Becker, Ernie Wormwood, Moira Egan and Lyn LifshinAnne Becker, Ernie Wormwood, Moira Egan and Lyn Lifshin

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The Poet and the Poem program "A Gathering of Women Poets," features Anne Becker, Ernie Wormwood, Moira Egan and Lyn Lifshin. Anne Becker is a poet, teacher, and former producer of literary recordings. Her book, The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin, was published in 1996. A chapbook, The Good Body, is forthcoming. Ernie Wormwood is a teacher and poet. Her forthcoming books are Intimacies and All Bodies Do Not Rise. Moira Egan has an MFA from Columbia University, where James Merrill chose her manuscript for the Austin Prize. Her first book of poems, Cleave (2004), was nominated for the National Book Award. Recently published books by Lyn Lifshin include The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me. She has more than 120 books & four edited anthologies to her publishing credit.

Martin BidneyMartin Bidney

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Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University (NY), Martin Bidney wrote two critical works–Blake and Goethe, then Patterns of Epiphany–before beginning his 11 books of translated and original verse. Violinist and vocalist, he writes melodious replies to each lyric he renders from German, Russian, or Polish in books of form-true “dialogic” poetry.  In East-West Poetry and A Unifying Light his poems comment on verses of the Qur’an. In West-East Divan his poems reply to those of Goethe, in Poems of Wine and Tavern Romance to lyrics of the medieval Persian poet Hafiz. He has a book of lyrical “con-verse-ations” with the Crimean Sonnets of Mickiewicz.  In Shakespair he responds to the Bard’s 154 sonnets with his own on facing pages.

George BilgereGeorge Bilgere

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George Bilgere, author of The Good Kiss and Witter Bynner fellow in 2001, was selected for the fellowship by Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Mr. Bilgere writes about having grown up in a one-parent, Midwestern family, learning to ride a bicycle on his own, and dealing with the difficulties of fragmented family life both then and now. He is also author of The Going: Poems (1994).

George Bilgere and Charles JensenGeorge Bilgere and Charles Jensen

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George Bilgere's most recent book is The White Museum (Autumn House Press, 2010), chosen by judge Alicia Ostriker for the 2010 Autumn House Poetry Series. His other books include Haywire, which won the May Swenson Award in 2006, The Good Kiss, winner of the University of Akron Poetry Prize in 2002, Big Bang (Copper Beech, 1999), and The Going (University of Missouri Press, 1995). He has won numerous awards, including the Midland Authors Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Bilgere has received grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, and the Ohio Arts Council. Bilgere directs the Creative Writing Program at John Carroll University where he’s won the Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Charles Jensen is the author of three chapbooks, including Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007). His first full-length collection, The First Risk, was published in 2009 by Lethe Press. A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, The Journal, New England Review, Spork, and West Branch. He holds an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. He is the founding editor of the online poetry magazine LOCUSPOINT, which explores creative work on a city-by-city basis. Photo courtesy of Eric Drusman.

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Remica L. BinghamRemica L. Bingham

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Remica L. Bingham earned an MFA from Bennington College, is a Cave Canem fellow and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Her first book, Conversion (Lotus Press, 2006), won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Her second book, What We Ask of Flesh, was published by Etruscan Press in February 2013. Currently, she is the Director of Writing and Faculty Development at Old Dominion University. She resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband and children.

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Sheila BlackSheila Black

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Sheila Black is the author of House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press), and two chapbooks, How to be a Maquiladora (Main Street Rag) and Continental Drift with painter Michele Marcoux (Patriothall, Edinburgh UK). She edited with Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press 2011), which was named a Notable Book for 2012 by the American Library Association (ALA). A third full-length collection, Wen Kroy, won the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry from Dream Horse Press and is forthcoming in Winter 2012. She was recently selected by Poet Laureate Philip Levine to receive a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship in Poetry. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her husband Duncan Hayse and three children, Annabelle, Walker, and Eliza. She works as a Development Officer for the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Foundation.

Richard BlancoRichard Blanco

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After the 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama, Blanco was informed that he was chosen as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps of greats like Elizabeth Alexander, Maya Angelou and Robert Frost. Blanco released his first book of poetry in 1999, City of a Hundred Fires, a critically acclaimed collection which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2005, he published Directions to the Beach of the Dead, which received the Beyond Margins Award. The year 2011 saw Blanco putting forth the electronic chap book Place of Mind, and the following year he released Looking for the Gulf Motel, a full collection of poems that touches on the author's life as a gay man negotiating space between domestic and immigrant cultures. Photo credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Jody Bolz, Sarah Browning, Donna Denizé and Judith McCombsJody Bolz, Sarah Browning, Donna Denizé and Judith McCombs

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Jody Bolz, Sarah Browning, Donna Denizé and Judith McCombs are poets, teachers and editors. Jody Bolz is the author of A Lesson in Narrative Time. She edits Poet Lore, America's oldest poetry magazine. She taught in the English Department of George Washington University. Sarah Browning is the author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden. She is coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology, and coordinates the group of the same name. Donna Denizé is the author of The Lover's Voice and Broken Like Job. She was awarded by Williams College the George Olmsted Jr. Prize for excellence in teaching She teaches literature at St. Albans School for Boys in Washington D.C. Judith McCombs is the founding editor of Moving Out, which survived for three decades as one of the nation's oldest feminist literary magazines. Her publications include Critical Essays on Margaret Atwood and Margaret Atwood: A Reference Guide. She has also published several books of poems, most recently Habit of Fire: Poems Selected & New.

Ann Bracken and Nancy WhiteAnn Bracken and Nancy White

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Ann Bracken is an educator, expressive arts consultant, writer, and the owner of The Possibility Project. Using original combinations of poetry and journaling experiences, Ann teaches women in transition the skills of accessing creative ability to empower performance in breakthrough ways. Ann is currently working on two poetry collections: Aphrodite’s Accident, a series of poems exploring the arc of relationships, and Dreams on Deferral Boulevard, a retrospective of a woman’s journey through depression in the 1960s.

Nancy White won the Washington Prize for Poetry with her first book, Sun, Moon, Salt. A second edition is due out this year. Her next book, Detour, is due from Tamarack Editions in 2010. Her work appears in The Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, FIELD, Ploughshares, Rattle, Seneca Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and others. She teaches at Adirondack Community College, and currently is working on a book of poems about the earlier days of making a living off the land, a project supported by a grant from the Lower Adirondack Region Arts Council.

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Eva Brann

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Eva Brann has been a tutor (and was a former Dean), at St John’s College in Annapolis for 57 years. She also teaches during the summer at St. John’s Santa Fe campus. She’s the author of 20 books of essays, translations, and aphorisms, and two more books now ready for publication. She’s one of our country’s leading authorities on the great philosophers; her writings examine the works of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Adam Smith, Hume, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Herodotus, among others. Brann was born to a Jewish family in Berlin. She immigrated in 1941 to the United States and received her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1950, her M.A. in Classics from Yale University in 1951, and her Ph.D. in Archaeology from Yale in 1956. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Middlebury College. Among other distinctions, Brann holds “The National Humanities Medal.” This award, given by the President of the United States, honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened our nation’s understanding of and engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects.

Alan BrittAlan Britt

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Alan Britt recently read poems at Manhattan’s Tribute WTC Visitor Center, New Jersey City University's Ten Year 9/11 Commemoration, and—as part of the We Are You Project—at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery in New York City’s East Village. His poem, "September 11, 2001," appears in International Gallerie’s Poetry in Art/Art in Poetry issue (v. 13, no. 2, Dec. 2010). His most recent book is Alone with the Terrible Universe (CypressBooks, 2011). Recent anthologies that include his poems are Emergency Verse: Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State (Caparison, 2011); The Poet's Cookbook: 33 American Poets with German Translations (Forest Woods Media Productions/Goethe-Institut, 2010); American Poets Against the War (Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009); and Vapor transatlántico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bilingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets published in 2008 by Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Britt teaches English and Creative Writing at Towson University, Maryland.

Fleda Brown and W.D. SnodgrassFleda Brown and W.D. Snodgrass

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Fleda Brown and W.D. Snodgrass are distinguished American poets. Fleda Brown won the Felix Pollak Prize for her newest collection of poems, Reunion. She is the author of five previous collections, most recently The Women Who Loved Elvis All Their Lives, Fishing With Blood, Do Not Peel the Birches, The Devil's Child, and Breathing In, Breathing Out, winner of the Philip Levine Prize, Anhinga Press. She is the current poet laureate of Delaware, and recently retired from the University of Delaware. W.D. Snodgrass was Born in Beaver Falls, PA, in 1926 . He published his first book of poems, Heart's Needle, in 1959. Since then he has published over twenty books of poetry, translation, memoir, and criticism. His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1960. His Selected Translations (1998) was awarded the Academy of American Poets' Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. His most recent book is Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems. (Photo of Merrill Leffler © Kathryn Harris. Photo of W.D. Snodgrass © Kathleen Snodgrass. Reprinted with permission.)

Andrea Hollander Budy and Sarah MaclayAndrea Hollander Budy and Sarah Maclay

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Andrea Hollander Budy is the editor of When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women (Autumn House Press, 2008) and the author of three full-length poetry collections, including Woman in the Painting (Autumn House Press, 2006), The Other Life (Story Line Press, 2001), and House Without a Dreamer (Story Line Press, 1993), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Other honors include the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for prose memoir, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council. Budy lives in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains near Mountain View, where she and her husband and son ran a bed-and-breakfast inn for fifteen years. Since 1991 she has been the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Photo courtesy of Marcus Cafagña.

Sarah Maclay is the author of The White Bride (University of Tampa Press, 2008) and Whore (Tampa Review Prize for Poetry), as well as three limited edition chapbooks. Her poems, essays and reviews have been published in APR, FIELD, Ploughshares, The Writers’ Chronicle, VerseDaily, The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present (Scribner, 2008) and numerous other spots including Poetry International, where she currently serves as book review editor. A multiple Pushcart nominee, she is the recipient of a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXI. She is now a member of the English faculty at Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches creative writing and literature. She is the artistic director of The Third Area: Poetry at Pharmaka, a collective-run art gallery in downtown LA. She lives in Venice, California where she conducts workshops privately and, periodically, at Beyond Baroque. Photo courtesy of Mark Lipson.

Michael BywaterMichael Bywater

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Michael Bywater is an English author, broadcaster, and culture critic. He writes for the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, and several other periodicals. He is also a regular broadcaster for the BBC, development executive at Studio Lambert TV in London, and intermittently teaches tragedy at the University of Cambridge. He is author of Lost Worlds: What Have We Lost, and Where Did It Go? and Big Babies: Or: Why Can’t We Just Grow Up? He is currently writing a book on male friendship, A Fine Bromance. A book on his journeys around the Australian Outback in a Cessna 172 is forthcoming. He divides his time between London and Paxos, Greece. He has one daughter, Benedicta.

Cardozo Education Center Emerging WritersCardozo Education Center Emerging Writers

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Five young writers from the Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, D.C., voice their craft. The program’s featured writers are Jaiho Masam (age 15); Nicholas Cary (17); Iyana Morgan (15); Kaitlyn Murphy (15); and Carina Urbina (11). The group poem ending the program is a result of ten writers in the poetry seminar offering one line of each their poems. The ten writers are Angelica Edwards, Jerome Clarke, Carina Urbina, Brianna Devine, Dechauna Johnson, Kaitlyn Murphy, Adaiah Brown, Iyana Morgan, Nicholas Cary, and Jaiho Masam.

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Kenneth CarrollKenneth Carroll

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Kenneth Carroll's poetry, short stories, essays, and plays have appeared in numerous publications earning him a Pushcart Prize nomination. He's published in Literary magazines and anthologies: In Search of Color everywhere, Bum Rush The Page, Potomac Review, Worcester Review, the Washington Post, Indiana Review among others. Kenneth's first collection of poems is entitled So What! He's performed at the Kennedy Center, Nuyorican Cafe, Beyond Baroque, and the Library of Congress. As Director of DC WritersCorps, he's been cited for community service numerous times, and was recognized by The Clinton White House for his achievements. He teaches at Duke Ellington High School for the Arts, and the Writer's Center. Mr. Carroll is married and has a daughter and two sons.

Anne Caston and Laura OremAnne Caston and Laura Orem

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Anne Caston is a former nurse who teaches now as a core faculty member in poetry in the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her collections of poetry are Flying Out With The Wounded (New York University Press, 1996) and Judah's Lion (Toad Hall Press, forthcoming 2009). Anne was formerly the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellow in Poetry at UW-Madison and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at GWU. She was awarded an NEA Individual Artist Award in Poetry (1999). She is currently at work on a third collection of poems, The Empress of Longing. Anne divides her time between Anchorage, Alaska, and Palmyra, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband.

Laura Orem is a writer, mixed-media artist, and teacher who lives on a small farm in Red Lion, PA. She holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars. She has taught at Harford Community College and Villa Julie College in Maryland, as well as online creative writing courses through the University of Gävle, Sweden. Currently she is a Writing Fellow teaching at Goucher College in Baltimore. Her poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in many journals, including The Writer's Chronicle, HEArt (Human Equity Through Art), Nimrod, WordWrights, and Poets Against the War. She is a featured blogger at The Best American Poetry website, and is a book review editor for The Montserrat Review.

Wing-chi Chan

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Wing-chi Chan is a Washingtonian poet and musician. He organized the Washington, DC, Youth Orchestra’s ten concert tours to Europe and Asia during his tenure as Development Director.  He also served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts and the China National Symphony. He serves as adjunct professor at Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenyang Music Conservatory in China, and as external examiner for New York University’s Master’s program. Chan has synchronized tonal rhyming perception in composing English poetry.  In 2007, Chan, as choral conductor, took a team of twelve American vocalists to participate in a Memorial Concert for the 70th Anniversary of Nanking Massacre.

Jeffrey ChappellJeffrey Chappell

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Jeffrey Chappell is a professional musician and a lifelong student of spirituality. He is a meditator and a practitioner of the MariEL healing method. As a concert pianist, he has traveled around the world giving performances and music seminars. He is also a composer, recording artist, jazz musician, and college professor. His numerous articles have been published in Piano & Keyboard magazine, where he was a contributing editor, and in Clavier Magazine.

Lucille Clifton and Eavan BolandLucille Clifton and Eavan Boland

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Lucille Clifton served as the poet laureate of the state of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She is owner of Pulitzer Prize nominations for poetry in 1980, 1987, and 1991, the Lannan Literary Award for poetry in 1997, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 1997, the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award in 1997, the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award in 1999, and the National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 (2000). She was also a National Book Award nomination for The Terrible Stories (1996). Her current book is Voices, Boa Editions, 2008.

Eavan Boland is the Director of the Creative Writing Department at Stanford University. One of Ireland’s best recognized women poets, Boland’s collections of poems include In Her Own Image (1980), Night Feed (1982), Outside History (1990), and In a Time of Violence (1994). She has also written a prose memoir, Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (1995), Collected Poems (2008), plus articles and essays. She was raised in Dublin, New York, and London, and since the eighties, she’s been teaching in colleges in Ireland, and in America.

Hilda Stern CohenHilda Stern Cohen

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In 1945, "Hilde" Stern (1924-1997) arrived as a refugee in Austria, where she waited to emigrate to the U.S. The 21-year-old German-Jewish woman had lost her parents and grandparents, but survived the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz. In the Lodz ghetto, the young girl, writing in German, was part of the literary circle around  painter and poet Izrael Lejzerowicz. This circle was also frequented by the young Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb. During the months that Hilde (later Hilda) waited for her visa for the U.S., she wrote down poetry and her thoughts on whatever paper she could find. The faded notebooks were first discovered by her husband, Dr. Werner V. Cohen, after Hilda’s death in Baltimore in 1997. Transcribed by him and then brought to the attention of the Goethe-Institut/German Cultural Center, Hilda Stern Cohen’s collected prose and poetry were published by the Research Center for Holocaust Literature at the University of Giessen, Germany, in 2003. In 2008, a second volume appeared in English, entitled Words that Burn Within Me: Faith, Values, Survival, with many translations from the German as well as the texts of interviews with story-teller Gail Rosen. Music heard on the program is composed by William Gilcher. Performers: Mezzo-Soprano, Elizabeth Bolton; Piano, Thomas Moore; Flute, Anna Gilcher.

Michael CollierMichael Collier

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Michael Collier is the author of four books of poems, The Clasp and Other Poems, The Folded Heart, The Neighbor, and, most recently, The Ledge which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Thomas Watson fellowships and a "Discovery"/The Nation Award among others. Michael Collier is currently a professor of English at the University of Maryland and serves as the director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College. He is a former Poet Laureate of Maryland.

Billy CollinsBilly Collins

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Billy Collins was the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2001-2002. His books of poetry include Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House, 2001); Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist; Questions About Angels (1991), a National Poetry Series selection by Edward Hirsch; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977).

Jim DanielsJim Daniels

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Jim Daniels, poet, fiction writer, and screenwriter, is the author of numerous books of poetry, including, most recently, Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry. His fourth collection of short stories, Trigger Man, will be published in 2011 by Michigan State University Press, and his fourteenth book of poems, Birth Marks, will be published in 2013 by BOA Editions. In 2010, he wrote and produced the independent film Mr. Pleasant (http://www/, his third produced screenplay. His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, in Billy Collins' Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser's “American Life in Poetry” project. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. At Carnegie Mellon, he is the Thomas Stockham Professor of English. A native of Detroit, Daniels lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, the writer Kristin Kovacic, and their two children near the boyhood homes of Dan Marino and Andy Warhol.

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Kyle Dargan & Sandra BeasleyKyle Dargan & Sandra Beasley

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Kyle Dargan is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at American University and the founding editor of POST NO ILLS magazine. His debut collection of poems, The Listening, won the 2003 Cave Canem Prize, and his second collection, Bouquet of Hungers, was nominated for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry. His poems and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Callaloo, Denver Quarterly, The Newark Star-Ledger, Ploughshares, The Root, and Shenandoah. He has received fellowships to attend the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and The Fine Arts Work Center. Photo courtesy of Marlene Hawthrone Thomas.

Sandra Beasley won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize for Theories of Falling, selected by Marie Howe. Her poems have been featured in Verse Daily, Best New Poets, Slate, The Believer, AGNI online, 32 Poems, Blackbird, and Black Warrior Review. Awards for her work include the 2008 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, and fellowships to Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Millay Colony, and VCCA. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she is an editor for The American Scholar and a Board Member for the Writer’s Center.

Christina DavisChristina Davis

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Christina Davis is the author of Forth A Raven (Alice James Books, 2006). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Jubilat, The May Anthologies (selected by Ted Hughes), New Republic, Pleiades, Paris Review and in other publications. She is the recipient of residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and of several Pushcart Prize nominations. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford, she is the curator of poetry at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University. Photo by Jo Eldredge Morrissey.

Mark Dawson and Richard PeabodyMark Dawson and Richard Peabody

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Mark Dawson was born in Columbia, Tennessee. He earned a BA degree in English from Lipscomb University, and an MFA Degree from the University of Alabama, where he served as Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Black Warrior Review. He won the Academy of American Poets Prize and has had poems in The North American Review, The Antioch Review, Willow Springs, Colorado Review, Flyway, Nimrod, Measure, and other journals. He is the author of a limited edition letterpress chapbook from Aralia Press (West Chester, PA) titled Solitary Conversations. He was an Associate Professor of English at Faulkner University and now lives and works in Washington, DC.

Richard Peabody is a poet, fiction writer, editor, and teacher. He is the founder of Gargoyle magazine and editor/co-editor of sixteen anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Conversations with Gore Vidal, A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation, Alice Redux, Sex & Chocolate, and Grace and Gravity: Fiction by Washington Area Women. He is the author of the novella Sugar Mountain, two short story collections, and six poetry collections including Last of the Red Hot Magnetos and I’m in Love with the Morton Salt Girl. He teaches at the Writer’s Center and at Johns Hopkins, where he received the Faculty Award for Distinguished Achievement. Photo courtesy of Dan Vera.

Tory DentTory Dent

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Tory Dent is the author of HIV, Mon Amour (1999), which won the 1999 James Laughlin Award. She is also the author of What Silence Equals (1993) and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her honors include grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Photo by Arne Svenson.

Brian DeShazorBrian DeShazor

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Brian DeShazor is a writer, artist, musician, and public broadcaster. He recently collaborated with editor Joanne Griffith on Redefining Black Power: Reflections On The State of Black America (City Lights Books, 2012.) His forthcoming book, The Queer Time Capsule, is an extension of his recent art installation of the same name, exhibited in the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, New York City, 2012. He lectures throughout the country on the  history of public broadcasting and its role in the social and artistic movements of the 20thcentury, including African-American civil rights, the black power movement, the black arts movement, women's issues, LGBTQ rights, and the anti-war movement. He is the producer and host of the program From the Vault on public radio, and Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives in Los Angeles. Photograph copyright © Phillip Ward. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Courtesy of Crisperanto: The Quentin Crisp Archives (

Brian DeShazorSharon Dolin

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Sharon Dolin is the author of five collections of poetry, including Whirlwind (2012), Burn and Dodge (2008), Realm of the Possible (2004), Serious Pink (2003), and Heart Work (1995). Her poems have recently appeared in Poetry, Hotel Amerika, The AWP Chronicle, The Cortland Review, Drunken Boat, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, New American Writing, The New Republic, Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner. She holds a Ph.D in English from Cornell University as well as an MA in English from University of California, Berkley, and has studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She lives in New York City, where she teaches the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y and directs the Center for the Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition. Photo credit: Alfredo Rossi.

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Twain DooleyTwain Dooley

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Affectionately known as “Uncle Twain,” his funky blend of humor and insight has made Twain Dooley a popular part of DC's poetry and storytelling scenes. As founding member of the Modern Urban Griots, he has performed in such places as The Whitney Museum, The National Theater, and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Twain has earned a position on ten nationally competing poetry slam teams and has been the DC/Baltimore slam champion a record three times. His work has been published in a variety of places such as The Drumming Between Us and I Just Hope It's Lethal. Twain enjoys sharing his love of words with students, and is still working on the story of his life, None of This Makes Sense. You can find Twain hosting an open mic at Busboys and Poets or dancing with his wife (fellow poet Gail Danley) and their children.

Rita DoveRita Dove

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Rita Dove was the Library's seventh Poet Laureate (1993-1995). She was the first woman, and first African American, appointed to the post since "Poet Laureate" was added in 1985 to the title "Consultant in Poetry." She was the youngest Poet Laureate in the Library's history. Her books include The Yellow House on the Corner (1980); Museum (1983); Thomas and Beulah, which won Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1987); Grace Notes (1989); Selected Poems (1993); Mother Love (1995); On the Bus With Rosa Parks (1999); as well as short stories, plays, essays, and a novel. Her latest book is American Smooth (2004). Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1952, Ms. Dove has used family history and social history in much of her writing. She is the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Rita Dove holds the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities and the National Humanities Medal. Among other honors she was awarded the Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award. Rita Dove is married to the German novelist Fred Viebahn; their daughter, Aviva, is an art historian.

Rita Dove and Henry TaylorRita Dove and Henry Taylor

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Rita Dove and Henry Taylor are Pulitzer Prize winning authors. Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995 and as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2004 to 2006. She has numerous literary and academic honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, and the 1996 National Humanities Medal. In 2006, she received the Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service. Henry Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Literature at American University, where he taught from 1971 until 2003. His books of poems are The Horse Show at Midnight (1966), An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1975), The Flying Change (1985; Pulitzer Prize), Understanding Fiction: Poems 1986-1996 (1996), Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews (2000), and Crooked Run (2006). He has received Fellowships in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry.

Jehanne DubrowJehanne Dubrow

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Jehanne Dubrow is the author of four poetry collections, including most recently Red Army Red and Stateside (Northwestern UP, 2012 and 2010).Her first book, The Hardship Post (2009), won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award, and her second collection From the Fever-World, won the Washington Writers' Publishing House Poetry Competition (2009).  Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry,and on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.  She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she is the Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House and an assistant professor in creative writing at Washington College. 

Cornelius EadyCornelius Eady

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Poet/Playwright Cornelius Eady was born in Rochester, New York. He is presently Associate Professor in Literature at American University, in Washington DC. He is author of six books of poetry, including Brutal Imagination (G.P. Putnam, 2001.) With poet Toi Derricote, he co-founded Cave Canam, a summer workshop/retreat for African American poets. Cornelius Eady's awards include the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award; and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. Among other honors, he was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his book Boom Boom Boom; and he holds the Lamont Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets for Victims of the Latest Dance Craze.

Thomas Sayers Ellis, James Tatum, and William CookThomas Sayers Ellis, James Tatum, and William Cook

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Thomas Sayers Ellis, a poet and photographer, is author of the poetry collections The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc. His poems have appeared in Grand Street, Poetry, The Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, and 2010), Tin House, The Nation, and Callaloo. His photographs have appeared in Tuesday: An Art Project and Columbia: A Journal of the Arts and on the cover of Transition Magazine. A member of the Cave Canem faculty, he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Photo courtesy of Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

The recent book, African American Writers & Classical Tradition (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2010), is a collaboration by William W. Cook and James Tatum. James Tatum is the Aaron Lawrence Professor of Classics Emeritus at Dartmouth. He is the author of seven books, most recently The Mourner's Song: War and Remembrance from the Iliad to Vietnam. Other recent publications include a Poetry Foundation article on 9/11 memorials; a review of Carl J. Richard, "The Golden Age of Classics in America" (Harvard, 2009); and a review-essay of Mary A. Favret, "War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime" (Princeton, 2010). William W. Cook is a poet, and author of several books. He is the Israel Evans Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres, and the Professor Emeritus of English and African American studies at Dartmouth . His publications are on American poetry and drama in African American literature; the relationship of African American literature to the rhetoric, thematics, and narrative devices of classical literature; and oratory/preaching as shaping structures for African American literature and discourse.

Thomas Sayers Ellis and Richard HarteisThomas Sayers Ellis and Richard Harteis

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Thomas Sayers Ellis, a poet and photographer, is author of the poetry collections The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc. His poems have appeared in Grand Street, Poetry, The Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, and 2010), Tin House, The Nation, and Callaloo. His photographs have appeared in Tuesday: An Art Project and Columbia: A Journal of the Arts and on the cover of Transition Magazine. A member of the Cave Canem faculty, he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Photo courtesy of Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Richard Harteis’ latest book, The Revenant (Little Red Tree), includes a series of elegies for his late partner of 36 years, the poet William Meredith. He is president of the William Meredith Foundation and lives in West Palm Beach and Uncasville, Connecticut, where his home has been added to the state registry of historic landmarks and serves as the Meredith Center for the Arts. This past summer a 35 mm, 90-minute film was produced of his memoir, Marathon, and is available on Netflix.

Claudia EmersonClaudia Emerson

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Claudia Emerson is the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her third collection, "Late Wife." This prize-winning book is a series of poems telling of the journey from a failed marriage to a solitary life, finally bridging to a new marriage. Her previous books are "Pinion," "An Elegy" (2002,), and "Pharaoh, Pharaoh" (1997); all three are from Southern Messenger Poets, Louisiana State University Press. She has published dozens of poems in literary journals and anthologies and has authored essays as well as short fiction. Emerson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her master's (summa cum laude) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught at Washington and Lee University and is presently associate professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Emerson was appointed a Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress in 2005 by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

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Daniel Mark EpsteinDaniel Mark Epstein

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Daniel Mark Epstein is the author of Lincoln and Whitman as well as biographies of Aimee Semple McPherson, Nat King Cole, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. His poems appear in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, among other national publications. He has authored verse plays and translations and eight volumes of poetry, the latest The Traveler's Calendar. Among other honors, he holds the Prix de Rome Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Daniel Mark EpsteinMartín Espada

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Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new collection of poems is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), and Alabanza (2003). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Robert FanningRobert Fanning

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Robert Fanning is the author of two full-length poetry collections, American Prophet (2009) and The Seed Thieves (2006), as well as a chapbook entitled Old Bright Wheel (2002). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals, and have been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer’s Almanac. His writing awards include a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Inkwell Poetry Award, and the Foley Poetry Award, and he has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is a professor of creative writing at Central Michigan University and lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children. To read more of his work, visit

Judith Farr and Myra SklarewJudith Farr and Myra Sklarew

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Judith Farr, Professor Emerita of English and American Literature, Georgetown University, is a poet, novelist and critic. Poet Marianne Moore awarded Judith's first poetry prize at age 16. Her critical books include The Life and Art of Elinor Wylie (LSU Press,1983); The Passion of Emily Dickinson (Harvard Univ. Press, 1992); and The Gardens of Emily Dickinson (Harvard Univ. Press, 2004). This last book was awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize of the Keats & Shelley Memorial Trust of the British Academy in 2005, as the best book written in English by a woman on a literary topic that year. Her novel, I Never Came To You in White (Houghton Mifflin, 1996), was a finalist for the Pen Hemingway Prize. Myra Sklarew is former president of the artist community Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is Professor Emerita of Literature, American University, and recipient of the 1998 University Scholar/Teacher Award. She has authored three chapbooks and six collections of poetry, most recently Lithuania: New & Selected Poems, and The Witness Trees. She has also written a collection of short fiction (Like a Field Riddled by Ants) and essays (Over the Rooftops of Time). She was educated at Tufts University as a biologist, studying bacterial genetics and bacterial viruses, and then in the Writing Seminars with Elliott Coleman at The Johns Hopkins University. She has also worked in the Department of Neurophysiology at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Emily Ferrara, winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize, is an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she teaches and has developed curricula in creative writing, and cultural competence in medicine. She earned a BS in Communications from Boston University, and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University. Her poems have recently appeared in Lumina, The Worcester Review, VIA, and Ballard Street Poetry Journal. The Alchemy of Grief is her first full length book. Sabine Pascarelli grew up in Germany where she earned a degree in literature at Dortmund University. She is an author of children's literature. Her most recent book, published in Germany, is Glenscheck & Co. She has won fiction awards, from La Spezia, Italy and the most recent, Mirabilia, in 2006.Recent poems were in English journals Only the Sea Keeps and Arabesque. She works as a translator of English, Italian, and German. Pascarelli lives in Tuscany with her husband Salvatore and their two sons, Marco and Claudio.

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Ethan Fischer writes mystery plays for radio and poems for children and grownups. He helped found and still produces the long-running Rumsey Radio Hour. He is a translator of Goethe, Trakl, and Rilke. His illustrated book of poetry is Beached in the Hourglass (The Bunny and the Crocodile Press, 2005). Ethan Fischer is senior editor of Antietam Review. He was a visiting poet at Marshall University and Bluefield College and broadcasts news over WRNR in Berkeley County, West Virginia, and beyond. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Ethan Fischer teaches English and Creative Writing at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Ed Zahniser serves as poetry editor of the quarterly Good News Paper, which he co-founded in 1979. Ed’s poems have appeared in over 80 U.S. and U.K. magazines and seven anthologies. His books of poetry are The Way to Heron Mountain (Night Tree Press, 1986), A Calendar of Worship and Other Poems (Plane Buckt Press, 1994), and Mall-hopping with the Great I AM (Somondoco Press, 2006). Ed frequently speaks on wilderness preservation topics across the United States and has lectured at West Virginia University, Shepherd University, Cornell University, and Vassar College. He edited his father’s writings, Where Wilderness Preservation Began: Adirondack Writings of Howard Zahniser (North Country Books, 1992). Ed is the senior writer and editor for the publications group of the National Park Service, located in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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Nick Flynn is a member of Columbia University's Writing Project, in which he serves as an educator and consultant in New York City public schools. He has won the 1999 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and a 1999 "Discovery"/The Nation Award. Mr. Flynn has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and from the MacDowell and Millay Colonies. He is the author of Some Ether. Photo by Matt Valentine.

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Frederick Foote , M.D. (CAPT, MC, USN, Ret.),  is the author of Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War, which won the 2013 Grayson Books Poetry Prize. The book describes the experiences of America’s Wounded Warriors, as well as foreign Muslim patients, and extols the healing feats of our military and V.A. medics.  The poems have appeared widely in national magazines, including The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The Progressive, and Commonweal. Dr. Foote directs the Warrior Poetry Project at Walter Reed and is poetry editor of O-Dark-Thirty, the magazine of the Veterans Writing Project ( Dr. Foote was educated at St. John’s College (Annapolis), the University of Chicago, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Yale University. He served 29 years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted medical Corpsman, general medical officer, and neurologist. Apart from 6 years at sea, Dr. Foote has spent much of his career at The National Naval Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Center), Bethesda, MD. 

Frederick FooteEmily Fragos

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Emily Fragos’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and selection as a 2015 Witter Bynner Fellow by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright. She has published two books of poetry, Hostage: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011) and Little Savage (Grove Press, 2004), and selected and edited five poetry anthologies for the Everyman's Pocket Library: The Letters of Emily Dickinson, Art & Artists, Music's Spell, The Great Cat, and The Dance. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Boston Review, Ploughshares, Parnassus, The Threepenny Review, The Yale Review, The Southwest Review, The Cimarron Review, The Dish, and numerous other journals. She has served as guest poetry editor of Guernica and written articles on dance and music for Bomb, Pointe, Playbill, and International Piano. Several of her poems have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Greek. She has long volunteered to teach poetry workshops for the disabled and elderly at nursing/rehabilitation centers in Westchester County, New York. Fragos has taught at Yale and Fordham University and currently teaches at NYU and Columbia. Photograph by Dmitri Kasterine.

Lesley Lee FrancisLesley Lee Francis

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Lesley Lee Francis is the granddaughter of Robert Frost. She received her A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Duke University. She became a professor of Spanish language, literature, and history at a number of colleges and universities and ran a summer program in Spain. Having retired from the professional staff of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington, D. C., she continues teaching and writing and helps organize the annual Frost Symposium. Dr. Francis has lectured and published extensively on her grandfather; her biographical study, Robert Frost: An  Adventure in Poetry, 1900-1918, is available in paperback (Transaction Publishers). Currently she lives in Arlington, VA; her three daughters and six grandchildren live nearby. Her new book, You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost (University of Virginia Press, 2015), is now available. Photograph by Paul Fetters.

Sunil Freeman and Maria Van BeurenSunil Freeman and Maria Van Beuren

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Sunil Freeman is author of two books of poems, That Would Explain the Violinist (Gut Punch Press) and Surreal Freedom Blues (Argonne Hotel Press).  He is assistant director of the Writer's Center, and has been a managing editor of Poet Lore, the nation's oldest continuously publishing poetry journal. He is a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and his political prose can be seen on their website.  His poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Gargoyle Bogg, Abbey, Minimus, Wordwrights, The Delaware Poetry Review, Beltway, and Kiss the Sky: Fiction and Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix.

Maria van Beuren is a graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, the city where she has lived for the past 30 years. She is president and CEO of Coughlin Indexing Services, Inc., a company with 5 full-time book/serial indexers. In her non-indexer life, she runs an annual writers’ and artists’ retreat at Toad Hall, her New Hampshire home. She is a published poet and essayist, and has a novel in progress. Maria van Beuren has embarked on a publishing venture, Toad Hall Press, which will concentrate on publishing poetry–its first book forthcoming in Spring 2009.

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Forrest Gander and Robert BringhurstForrest Gander and Robert Bringhurst

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Forrest Gander has degrees in geology and English literature.  His recent books include the novel As a Friend, the book of poems Core Samples from the World, and the translation Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (PEN Translation Prize Finalist), all from New Directions. A United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, Gander is recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting foundations. His forthcoming titles include Watchword, a translation of Pura López Colomé’s Villaurrutia Prize-winning poetry and Spectacle & Pigsty, a co-translation of poems by Kiwao Nomura. Gander is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University.  

Robert Bringhurst was born in “South-Central,” the roughest part of Los Angeles, in 1946. He left California as an infant and was raised in the mountains of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Alberta. He studied physics and linguistics at MIT, Arabic at the University of Utah, comparative literature at Indiana University, and published his first small book of poems in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1972. He has lived in Canada most of the time since 1973 and is regarded in that country as an important Canadian poet. He has spent most of his life studying Native American languages and has published important translations from several of these – especially Haida, Cree, and Navajo. His recent Selected Poems is published in Canada by Gaspereau Press, in the U.K. by Jonathan Cape, and in the U.S. by Copper Canyon.

Diana Garcia
Diana Garcia

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A native of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Diana Garcia was born in Camp CPC, a farm labor camp owned by the California Packing Corporation. She received her MFA from San Diego State University. A professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, she co-directs the Creative Writing and Social Action Program. Her poetry, fiction, and essays are included in several anthologies, among them Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Literature from California; Touching the Fire: 15 Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance; Pieces of the Heart: New Chicano Fiction; and Placing the Academy. She co-edited the 2009 award-winning anthology Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing. Her collection of poetry, When Living Was a Labor Camp (University of Arizona Press, 2000), was selected as an American Book Award winner in 2001. In 2005 she was included in the California History Museum’s exhibit on Latinas in the Arts and Sciences. Photo by Tomasa Garcia. Photo credit: Tomasa Garcia.

Philip GefterPhilip Gefter

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Philip Gefter is an American author and photography critic. His biography of Sam Wagstaff, Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe was published by Liveright/W. W. Norton & Company in 2014. He was on staff at The New York Times for over fifteen years, as the Page One Picture Editor and as a Senior Picture Editor for Culture. His essays are collected in the book, Photography After Frank (Aperture, 2009). Gefter received a fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute in painting and photography. Upon graduation, he took a job as a picture researcher in the Time-Life Picture Collection. Following that, he took a job at Aperture Foundation, where, as assistant editor, he worked on the Aperture History of Photography series and on Edward Weston: Nudes; America and Lewis Hine; and the re-publication of Robert Frank’s The Americans. The Gefter and Press film Bill Cunningham New York received nominations for Best Documentary from The Directors' Guild of America, the Producers' Guild of America, and The Independent Spirit Awards. In 2013, it was acquired by the Film Department of The Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection.

David GewanterGet Lit – Words Ignite
Zariya Allen, Belissa Escobedo, and Rhiannon McGavin

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Zariya Allen, Belissa Escobedo, and Rhiannon McGavin attend the LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). They are part of the organization Get Lit – Words Ignite and members of its elite performance troupe, the Get Lit Players. These three young poets have performed among esteemed activists including Dr. Cornel West, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Maria Shriver, as well as music icons like Queen Latifah & John Legend. Their poem “Somewhere in America” is one of the most watched spoken word performances ever, with over 5 million views on YouTube and counting. Fusing the power of classic poetry with the spoken word movement, Get Lit reaches over 20,000 at-risk teens each year who transform their lives, families, and communities through art and social activism. Get Lit builds scholars, not statistics, and navigates Los Angeles through this youth-led revolution to let teens reclaim their educations and unearth their potential.

David GewanterDavid Gewanter

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David Gewanter's book In the Belly (University of Chicago Press, 1997), won Ploughshares' John Zacharis First Book Award. His latest book, The Sleep of Reason (University of Chicago Press, 2003) was a finalist for the James Laughlin Prize. He is co-editor, with Frank Bidart, of Robert Lowell: Collected Poems (FSG, 2003). The recipient of a Witter Bynner fellowship and Whiting Writer's Award, he teaches at Georgetown University. Photo by Joy Young.

David Gewanter and Cliff BernierDavid Gewanter and Cliff Bernier

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David Gewanter is the author of a new book of poetry, War Bird (University of Chicago Press, 2009), as well as The Sleep of Reason (Chicago, 2003), finalist for the James Laughlin Award, and In the Belly (Chicago, 1997), winner of the John C. Zacharis Prize. He is also co-editor, with Frank Bidart, of Robert Lowell: Collected Poems of Robert Lowell (FSG & Faber, 2003), which won the Ambassador Book Award (The English Speaking Union of the United States), and was named Contemporary Poetry Review’s “Book of the Year.” A Witter Bynner Fellow and Whiting Award winner, he teaches at Georgetown University.

Cliff Bernier’s chapbook Earth Suite is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. A second chapbook, Dark Berries, is forthcoming from Pudding House Publications. He has appeared in print and online journals, and is featured on a CD of poetry duets, Poetry in Black and White, as well as on two jazz poetry CDs, Live at IOTA Club and Cafe and Live at Bistro Europa. He has been a reader for the Washington Prize and a judge for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Award.

Maria M. GillanMaria M. Gillan

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Maria Mazziotti Gillan holds the May Sarton Award in Poetry. She has eight collections of poetry to her credit, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1988), Where I Come From (l995) and Things My Mother Told Me (Guernica Editions, I998). Her latest book is Italian Women in Black Dresses. Maria is co-editor of three anthologies published by Penguin/Putnam: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing up Ethnic in America. She directs the Poetry Center at Passaic Community College in Paterson, NJ; and is Director of the Creative Writing Program, Binghamton-State University of New York. Photo by Ellen Denuto.

Brian Gilmore and Brandon D. JohnsonBrian Gilmore and Brandon D. Johnson

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Brian Gilmore and Brandon D. Johnson are poets trained in the Law. Brian Gilmore is a public interest lawyer, and writer and the author of two collections of poetry, Elvis Presley is alive and well and living in Harlem, and Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: Poem for Duke Ellington. He is a columnist with the Progressive Media Project and a contributing writer to Jazz Times Magazine. Brandon D. Johnson is author of Love's Skin, Man Burns Ant, The Strangers Between, and co-author of The Black Rooster Social Inn: This Is The Place. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow. Born in Gary, Indiana, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College and his Juris Doctorate from Antioch School of Law.

Daniela GioseffiDaniela Gioseffi

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Daniela Gioseffi is an American Book Award winning author of 13 books of poetry and prose. Her first book of poems, Eggs in the Lake (Boa Editions, Ltd., 1979) contained work that won a New York State Council for the Arts grant award. Women on War: International Writings from Antiquity to the Present, (The Feminist Press, 2003) and On Prejudice: A Global Perspective (Anchor/Doubleday, 1993) won award grants from The Ploughshares Foundation for Peace. Her latest book of new and selected poems, in bilingual edition, is Blood Autumn (Autunno di sangue).  She has had plays produced off Broadway and won a PEN Short Fiction Award in 1995.

Robert L. GironRobert L. Giron

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Robert L. Giron is the author of five collections of poetry: Songs for the Spirit, Metamorphosis of the Serpent God, Wrestling with Wood, Recuerdos [Memories], and Impressions françaises [French Impressions]; he also translated Jesus Gardea’s poetry collection Songs for a Single String, which was  a finalist for the 2003 Violet Crown Book Award for Literary Prose & Poetry.  His poetry has appeared in several anthologies and journals over the years. He is also the editor of the online journal ArLiJo, the award-winning The Sligo Journal, and past poetry editor of Potomac Review. He co-edited an award-winning collection on women’s studies and has edited two award-winning anthologies of poetry, including Poetic Voices Without Borders 2. He established Gival Press, the award-winning independent literary press in 1998, which has published over 60 titles of fiction and poetry by both emerging and established authors whose work have won numerous national and international awards. A resident of Arlington, Virginia, he teaches English and creative writing at Montgomery College in Maryland.

Michael S. GlaserMichael S. Glaser

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Michael S. Glaser was named Poet Laureate of Maryland in August, 2004. Dr. Glaser is a professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he co-founded and directs the bi-annual Literary Festival and the annual Voices reading series. He is a recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Columbia Merit Award from the Poetry Committee of the Greater Washington, D.C. area for his service to poetry. Glaser has served as a Maryland State Arts Council poet-in-the-schools for over 20 years and also makes presentations for the Maryland Humanities Council. Over 400 of his poems have been published in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies. His works include A Lover's Eye (The Bunny & Crocodile Press), In the Men's Room and Other Poems, which was the winner of the 1996 Painted Bride Quarterly chapbook competition, and Being a Father, which was published in July 2004. His poetry has been described as "coaxing the profound from the seemingly ordinary . . . in the particular he finds the universal, and from the metered rhythm of his words, we experience the delight of recognition. We see ourselves anew." Glaser has also edited two anthologies of Maryland poets, The Cooke Book (1989) and Weavings 2000: The Maryland Millennial Anthology. He is married to the educator, Kathleen W. Glaser, and is the proud father of five grown children.

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Louise GlückLouise Glück

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Louise Glück has authored 11 books of poetry. Her seventh book, The Wild Iris, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. She has been named winner of the New Yorker magazine's Book Award in poetry. She is recipient of the National Book Circle Award, the Academy of American Poets Prize, several Guggenheim fellowships, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award, and the Boston Globe Literary Press Award. Glück's book of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. In 2001 Glück received the Bollingen Prize. She was named judge for the Yale Series of Younger poets (through 2007) and has taught at Williams College, Columbia, the University of Iowa, the University of California-Berkeley, Brandeis, Harvard, and Yale University. Glück was the twelfth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress from 2003-2004.

Patricia GrayPatricia Gray

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Patricia Gray's book, Rupture, was chosen by the Montserrat Review as one of the best books of poetry for 2005. In September, she was a featured writer/panelist at the Southern Women Writer's Conference in Georgia, and in February 2006 she was a featured writer and panelist at the 10th annual South Carolina Book Festival. Also in 2006, she was awarded an Artist Fellowship for poetry from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Since 1994, Gray has coordinated the Poetry at Noon reading series at the Library of Congress. And in 2005, she served on the 10-member coordinating committee for "DC Celebrates Whitman: 150 Years of Leaves of Grass." She lives and works on Capitol Hill.

Michael Gushue and Mark TrainerMichael Gushue and Mark Trainer

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Michael Gushue co-curates the Capitol Hill Poetry Series in Washington, DC, runs the micro-press Beothuk Books and is cofounder of Poetry Mutual/Vrzhu Press, a poetry incubator that sponsors events, publishes books and builds community among writers and audiences. His work has appeared online and in print, most recently in the anthology Full Moon on K Street and the online journal Locuspoint. His books are Gathering Down Women, from Pudding House Press, and Conrad, from Souvenir Spoon Books. He works for the federal government in international development and lives in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. 

Mark Trainer's short stories have appeared in Shenandoah, The Mississippi Review, Brain/Child, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere.  His nonfiction has appeared in The Washington Post. He is the former editor of The Blue Moon Review. He has taught fiction writing at George Washington University, Goucher College, and the University of Virginia.  His story New Wife won the Jeffrey Archer competition and was published by St. Martins Press in December 2010.  He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, with his wife, the writer Jennifer Howard, and their two children.

Kimiko HahnKimiko Hahn

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Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books and often finds that disparate sources have triggered her material—whether Flaubert’s sex-tour in The Unbearable Heart, an exhumation in The Artist's Daughter or classical Japanese forms in The Narrow Road to the Interior.   Rarified fields of science prompted her latest collections Toxic Flora and forthcoming Brain Fever (both W.W. Norton). Hahn’s most recent award was a Guggenheim Fellowship and she is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York.

Donald HallDonald Hall

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Donald Hall is the 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He has published 15 books of poetry, beginning with Exiles and Marriages in 1955. In 2006 he published White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946–2006 (Houghton Mifflin), a volume of his essential life's work. Among his books for children, Ox-Cart Man won the Caldecott Medal. His 20 books of prose include Willow Temple: New and Selected Stories (2003), The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005), and a collection of his essays about poetry, Breakfast Served Any Time All Day (2003). He has written extensively about life in New Hampshire ― Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987) and Here at Eagle Pond (2000). He is currently working on a third volume, Eagle Pond, scheduled for publication in 2007. For his poetry, Donald Hall received the Marshall/Nation Award in 1987 for his The Happy Man; both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1988 for The One Day; the Lily Prize for Poetry in 1994; and two Guggenheim Fellowships. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Clarinda Harriss and Dan VeraClarinda Harriss and Dan Vera

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Clarinda Harriss is a Professor Emerita of Towson University, where she taught in and then chaired the English Department for several years.  She now devotes her time to writing poetry and short fiction; directing BrickHouse Books, Inc., Maryland's oldest independent literary press; and freelancing as an editor and columnist. Harriss' most recent poetry collections are Air Travel, Dirty Blue Voice, and Mortmain.   She and Moira Egan are co-editors of Hot Sonnets (Entasis Press, 2011), an anthology of erotic sonnets of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In 2010, the first annual Clarinda Harriss Award for Poetry, named by CityLit in her honor, was awarded. The annual awarding will take place each September at the Baltimore Book Fair.

Dan Vera is the author of The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). His poems appear in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Cutthroat, Gargoyle, Ishmael Reed's Konch, and Undefined, as well as in the anthologies Divining Divas: Gay Poets on Their Divas, Full Moon on K Street, Dog Blessings, and DC Poets Against the War. He is cofounder of Vrzhu Press, publisher of Souvenir Spoon Books, editor of the gay culture journal White Crane, co-host of the Capitol Hill reading series, and has helped create the new poetry incubator Poetry Mutual of America.

Judith Harris and Miles David MooreJudith Harris and Miles David Moore

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Judith Harris is the author of the poetry collections The Bad Secret and Atonement, and the critical work Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self through Writing. She has had essays appear in American Women in Psychology, College English, and Tikkun. She led the annual Frost Place Seminar in Franconia, N.H., in 2006.  She teaches creative writing, literature, and psychoanalytic theory at George Mason University. Miles David Moore is a Washington reporter for Crain Communications Inc. He is a member of the board of directors of The Word Works and producer/host of the monthly Iota Poetry Series readings in Arlington, Va. He is the author of three books of poetry: The Bears of Paris (Word Works, 1995); Buddha Isn't Laughing (Argonne House Press, 1999); and Rollercoaster (Word Works, 2004). Both Miles David Moore and Judith Harris have published poems in notable American literary journals.

Reginald HarrisReginald Harris

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Winner of the 2012 Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography, Reginald Harris is Poetry in the Branches Coordinator and Information Technology Director for Poets House. A Pushcart Prize Nominee and recipient of Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, his first book, 10 Tongues (Three Conditions Press, 2002), was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year. An Associate Editor for Lambda Literary Foundation’s Lambda Literary Review, Harris’s poetry, fiction, reviews, and articles have appeared in numerous journals and websites, including African-American Review, Baltimore Review, MELUS Journal, smartish pace, and Sou'wester. His works have also been anthologized in Best Gay Poetry 2008; Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade; Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing; and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. Co-compiler of Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books and a contributor to LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia of Contemporary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Literature of the United States, he lives in Brooklyn with his partner.


Marc HarshmanMarc Harshman

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Marc Harshman was appointed the poet laureate of West Virginia in 2012.  His full-length collection, Green-Silver and Silent: Poems, was published by Bottom Dog Press later that same year.  He has published four poetry chapbooks, including Rose of Sharon (Mad River Press, MA). His poems have appeared in many periodicals, among them Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, The Progressive, Appalachian Heritage, and Basalt, and several of them been anthologized in collections by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. His eleven children’s books include The Storm, a Smithsonian Notable Book. His children's titles have also been published in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Danish, and Swedish.  Two new children’s titles are forthcoming. Marc holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Pittsburgh.  He recently received an honorary doctorate from Bethany College in recognition of his life’s work.

Robert HassRobert Hass

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Robert Hass has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and St. Mary's College (California). He became a permanent faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989. In addition to his own books of poetry, Hass has written essays on poetry and is known for four books of translations of Polish Nobel Prize poet Czeslaw Milosz. He has produced extensive work on the haiku form, publishing The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. Robert Hass won the Yale Series of Younger poets Award in 1972, launching his first volume of poetry. Since that time he has received the William Carlos Williams Award, a Guggenheim, the Danforth Fellowship, the MacArthur "Genius" Award, and twice the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hass served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress from 1995-1997. He founded River of Words, an organization promoting arts education and environmental awareness issues. His dedication to concerns linking art and nature led to his selection as 1997 "Educator of the Year" by the North American Association of Environmental Education.

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Ava Leavell Haymon and Julie Kane

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Ava Leavell Haymon is a poet, playwright, and teacher. In June 2013 she was appointed State Poet Laureate of Louisiana. Her poems have appeared in many journals, in five chapbooks from independent small presses, and in four full collections—The Strict Economy of Fire, Kitchen Heat, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, and Eldest Daughter,all from LSU Press. Women’s Voices for Change chose Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread as one of the ten best poetry books of 2010. Haymon teaches poetry writing in Louisiana and in New Mexico, where she directs a retreat center for writers and artists.  She offers workshops and reads her poems widely in the United States and in Canada. She has performed often in collaborative concerts with musicians, dancers, actors, and other writers, and has written text for composers and dance companies.  Both jazz and classical contemporary composers have set her poems to music.

Julie KaneA native of Boston and longtime resident of Louisiana, Julie Kane was the 2011-2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate. Her most recent poetry collections are Rhythm & Booze (2003), which was Maxine Kumin’s selection for the National Poetry Series; Jazz Funeral (2009), which won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize; and Paper Bullets (2014), a new collection of light verse. She also wrote the libretto for Starship Paradise, a one-act opera with music by Dale Trumbore which was premiered in 2013 by Center City Opera Theater of Philadelphia. A former George Bennett Fellow in Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy and Fulbright Scholar to Vilnius Pedagogical University (Lithuania), Julie teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA.

Terrance HayesTerrance Hayes

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Born in Columbia, South Carolina, poet Terrance Hayes earned a BA at Coker College and an MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. Hayes’s poetry collections include Lighthead (2010), which won a National Book Award, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which was chosen for the National Poetry Series and also a finalist for an LA Times Book Award and an Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award; and Muscular Music(1999), which won a Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poems have also been featured in several editions of Best American Poetry and have won multiple Pushcart Prizes. Hayes’s additional honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Pittsburgh. Hayes lives in Pittsburgh.

Allison Adele Hedge CokeAllison Adelle Hedge Coke

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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s books include Streaming, Blood Run, Off-Season City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Effigies, Effigies II, and Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer. Awards include an American Book Award, a King-Chavez-Parks Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award (2015) from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, a 2015 Pen Southwest Book Award, and a 2016 Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship. She teaches for Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA program in Writing & Publishing, for the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma State University, and serves as a Visiting Writer for the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. Photo by Shane Brown.

Eleanore HeginbothamEleanore Heginbotham

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Eleanore Heginbotham has been teaching, speaking about, and writing on Emily Dickinson for at least three decades. Her two books on Emily Dickinson focus on Dickinson's "fascicles," the 40 small books the poet self-"published." Heginbotham's teaching career began in Liberia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, where her Foreign Service husband was stationed; she also taught in Hong Kong as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. For 10 years she was a Professor at Concordia University Saint Paul (Minnesota), and before that, for 18 years a teacher at Stone Ridge Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD).

Juan Felipe HerreraJuan Felipe Herrera

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Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He is the author of 28 books of poetry, novels for young adults, and collections for children, including Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), winner of National Book Critics Circle Award and the International Latino Book Award. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN / Beyond Margins Award. Elected a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets in 2011, Herrera, who was born in Fowler, California, in 1948, served as the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015. Photo Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts.

Geoffrey HimesGeoffrey Himes

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Geoffrey Himes has written about music on a weekly basis in the Washington Post since 1977 and is currently a senior editor at Paste Magazine. This show features his songs. He has also written about music for Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford American, The New York Times, National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, the Nashville Scene, Baltimore Magazine, the Baltimore City Paper, the Los Angeles Times, and other outlets. His book on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., was published by Continuum Books in 2005. Himes has contributed chapters to the books Best Music Writing 2010 and Music at the Crossroads: Lives & Legacies of Baltimore Jazz. He is currently working on a book about Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and Ricky Skaggs for the Country Music Hall of Fame. His stage musical, A Baltimore Christmas Carol, premiered at Baltimore’s Patterson Theatre in 2004. He is currently the Educational Director of the Hippodrome Foundation's Young Critics Program. His lyrics have been recorded by Billy Kemp & the Paradise Rockers, Fred Koller, the Kinsey Report, Steve Key, Mojo Filter and Edge City. His poems have appeared in Salt Lick, Chicory, the Baltimore City Paper, and The WPFW Poetry Anthology. He has lived in Baltimore since 1974.

Jane HirshfieldJane Hirshfield

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Jane Hirshfield is the author of six books of poetry, most recently After, named a best book of 2006 by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and (London's) The Financial Times. She is also the author of a now classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, and three books collecting the work of women writers from the past. Her honors include finalist status for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize, the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and major fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, NEA, and Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and multiple editions of The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

Cynthia HuntingtonCynthia Huntington

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Cynthia Huntington's fourth collection of poetry, Heavenly Bodies, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry. Her three other poetry collections are The Radiant (Four Way Books), winner of the Levis Prize; We Have Gone to the Beach (Alice James Books), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award; and The Fish-Wife (Pacific Poetry Series). Among her other publications is a prose memoir, The Salt House (The University Press of New England). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Arts Councils of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and formerly served as New Hampshire State Poet Laureate. She served as Chair of the Poetry Jury for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. A professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, she has taught workshops at the University of California at Irvine, the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Programs, and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Major JacksonMajor Jackson

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Major Jackson is originally from Philadelphia, Pa. He now teaches at the University of Vermont as Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Major Jackson is recipient of fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Cave Canem, The MacDowell Colony, among others. He was a 2003-2004 Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress, and a finalist for the National Book Critics' Award in 2002 for Leaving Saturn (Univ. of Georgia Press). He was recently honored as one of ten poets in America to win the 2003 Whitting Writer's Award.

Reuben JacksonReuben Jackson

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Reuben Jackson lives in Washington, DC, where he works as an archivist with The Smithsonian Institution's Duke Ellington Collection. His poems have been published in 21 anthologies, journals such as Chelsea, Gargoyle, Callaloo and The Indiana Review, and a volume of verse entitled fingering the keys, which won the 1992 Columbia Book Award. Reuben has also written music reviews for The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines, and for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He is a poetry instructor at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Gray JacobikGray Jacobik

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Gray Jacobik, a professor emeritus, is a poet, mentor, and painter who lives in Deep River, Connecticut. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, American Poetry Now, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Poets Guide to the Birds, and Poetry from Paradise Valley. Among other honors, she has received The Yeats Prize, The Emily Dickinson Prize, an NEA Fellowship, and served as the Frost Place Poet-in-Residence. Her poem, “The Skeptic’s Prayer,” received the 2009 Third Coast Poetry Prize (Western Michigan University), and in 2010 “Paris, 1970” was a finalist in Narrative Magazine’s Second Annual Poetry Contest. Her book, The Double Task, received The Juniper Prize and was nominated for The James Laughlin Award and The Poet’s Prize. The Surface of Last Scattering was selected by X. J. Kennedy as the winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Brave Disguises received the AWP Poetry Series Award. Her most recent book, Little Boy Blue: A Memoir in Verse, is published by CavanKerry Press. Gray invites anyone interested in learning more about her work to visit her website: Her blog, Come A Little Bit Closer Now Baby, is dedicated to the art of close reading and appears on the Michigan Quarterly Review’s website.

Gray JacobikHonorée Fanonne Jeffers

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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of three books of poems, The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State University Press, 2000), chosen by Lucille Clifton for the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for a first book of poetry; Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan University Press, 2003); and Red Clay Suite (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007).  A founding fellow of Cave Canem, the workshop retreat for African American poets, her other honors include the Julia Peterkin Award for Poetry, as well as awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Rona Jaffe Foundation and fellowships from the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Antiquarian Society, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has appeared in African American Review, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The Civil Rights Reader (University of Georgia Press, 2009), Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner, among others. A critic and award-winning fiction writer as well, she is the recipient of a fiction scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Goodheart Prize for Fiction, and has been cited in “100 More Distinguished Stories” of the Best American Short Stories anthology. Her essays, reviews, and stories have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, The Kenyon Review, the New England Review, Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, StoryQuarterly, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Jeffers is a native southerner, but she lives on the prairie now; she teaches at the University of Oklahoma, where she is associate professor of English and creative-writing coordinator.

Rod Jellema & Cathy EisenhowerRod Jellema & Cathy Eisenhower

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Rod Jellema is Professor Emeritus of English and former Director of Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, College Park. His last book, A Slender Grace, won the Towson University Prize for Literature. He has new poems forthcoming in Image and in International Poetry Review, and is currently gathering his Collected Poems, scheduled for publication.

Cathy Eisenhower lives and works as a librarian in Washington, DC. She runs the interrupting cow, a chapbook press. Her first collection, clearing without reversal, is forthcoming from Edge Books, and her second book will follow shortly from Roof Books. Her first chapbook, Language of the Dog-Heads, was selected for inclusion in the 2002 Bookmobile Project touring exhibition.

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A. Van JordanA. Van Jordan

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A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise (2001), which won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award; M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics (2007); and The Cineaste (2013). Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers’ Award (2004), an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (2005), and a Pushcart Prize (2007). He is also the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), a United States Artists Fellowship (2009), and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry (2015).

Jordan has taught at a number of academic institutions including the University of North Carolina Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently serves on faculty at Warren Wilson College and as the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.

Carolyn Joyner and Jody BolzCarolyn Joyner and Jody Bolz

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Carolyn Joyner has performed her poetry in the Washington, DC area at several venues, including Heart & Soul Cafe, It's Your Mug, the House of Ruth, Mangos, Cafe Bloom, Culture Café, and Sankofa Books and Video. She also performed at the 7th Annual Black Writers conference at Chicago State University. She toured England with "Collective Voices," a DC-based Female Poetry Group. She was a Cave Canem Fellow and a recipient of the Larry Neal Award Recognition.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in writing, with a focus on poetry from Johns Hopkins University.

Jody Bolz is the author, most recently, of A Lesson in Narrative Time (Gihon Books, 2004). Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals (The American Scholar, Indiana Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry East among them) and in many anthologies, including Her Face in the Mirror: Jewish Women on Mothers and Daughters (Beacon Press) and Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of the Southern Poetry Review (University of Arkansas Press). After receiving her MFA from Cornell University, she worked as an environmental journalist and taught for more than 20 years at George Washington University. Her honors include a Rona Jaffe Foundation writer’s award. Since 2002, she has edited Poet Lore, America's oldest poetry magazine, founded in 1889.

Katia KapovichKatia Kapovich

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A Russian poet and former literary dissident now living in Cambridge, MA, Ms. Kapovich was selected in 2001 by Poet Laureate Billy Collins to receive a Witter Bynner fellowship. She writes in English as well as in Russian and co-edits the English-language poetry magazine, Fulcrum. Her poems have appeared in the London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and in many other literary journals.

Wayne Karlin and Ilyon WooWayne Karlin and Ilyon Woo

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Wayne Karlin is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Lost Armies, The Wished-For Country, Rumors and Stones, Prisoners, and Marble Mountain. He is co-editor, with Le Minh Khue and Trong Vu, of The Other Side of Heaven: Post-War Fiction by Vietnamese and American
. His articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in, among other publications, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, and The Nation. Karlin served in the Marine Corps in Viet Nam. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1998, he was awarded the Paterson Prize in Fiction, and in 2005, he received an Excellence in the Arts Award from the Vietnam Veterans of America. He lives in Maryland, where he is a Professor of Language and Literature at the College of Southern Maryland. Photo courtesy of Valerie Nyce.

Ilyon Woo has been obsessed with the Shakers since childhood. Her first book, The Great Divorce, is the true story of a nineteenth-century mother’s fight to recapture her children from this celibate Utopian sect. Her first book has garnered attention from national media outlets such as NPR (The Diane Rehm Show, All Things Considered), The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Woo holds a B.A. in the Humanities from Yale College and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. She has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships, including her first at age sixteen from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in New York with her husband and two young sons. Photo courtesy of Youngjoon Park.

Candace Katz and Barbara QuickCandace Katz and Barbara Quick

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Candace Katz is Deputy Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She holds a Ph.D in English from Harvard University, a J.D. from Georgetown University, and is a registered Private Investigator in Virginia. She is the author of Schaeffer Brown’s Detective Fundamentals and Schaeffer Brown’s Detective Tips.

Barbara Quick's first novel, Northern Edge, won the Discover Prize and has been optioned for a film. Vivaldi’s Virgins, her second novel, has been translated into 14 languages. A Golden Web, set in medieval Bologna, will be published by HarperCollins in April 2010. Barbara lives in the California Wine Country with her fiancé Wayne Roden, who is a violist in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Dolores KendrickDolores Kendrick

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Dolores Kendrick was appointed Poet Laureate of Washington D.C. in 1999. She is the author of the award-winning book The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women (1989). Adapted into a play and performed in Cleveland and D.C.'s Kennedy Center, the piece won the New York New Playwright's Award. Kendrick's other books are Through the Ceiling, Now Is the Thing to Praise and Why the Woman is Singing on the Corner. Kendrick is the Heinz Professor Emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy. She has been honored with the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Fulbright fellowship and an NEA award among many others. She has been inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for writers of African American descent, sponsored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center. Kendrick was one of the original designers and teachers at the School Without Walls, a high school in Washington D.C. She holds an honorary doctorate from St. Bonaventure University, N.Y.

David KeplingerDavid Keplinger

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David Keplinger is the author of four books, most recently The Most Natural Thing (New Issues, 2013) and The Prayers of Others (New Issues, 2006), and three works in translation from Danish and German. He has won the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Cavafy Award, and the Colorado Book Award, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the D.C. Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Danish Arts Council. He been translated and anthologized in China, Italy, Germany, and Denmark.  In 2011 he wrote, performed, and produced an album, By & By, based on the poetry of his Civil War veteran great-great-grandfather, Isaac P. Anderson. Keplinger's work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Agni, Poetry International, The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, and many other journals. In 2014/15 he served as Humanities Scholar at the Washington Performing Arts Society and is Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kelly White (Rome, 2015).

Fatemeh KeshavarzFatemeh Keshavarz

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Fatemeh Keshavarz, born and raised in the city of Shiraz, completed her studies in Shiraz University, and University of London. She taught at Washington University in St. Louis for over twenty years where she chaired the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from 2004 to 2011. In 2012, Keshavarz joined the University of Maryland as Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies, and Director of Roshan Institute for Persian Studies. Keshavarz is author of award winning books including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi (USC Press,1998), Recite in the Name of the Red Rose (USC Press, 2006) and a book of literary analysis and social commentary titled Jasmine and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran (UNC Press, 2007). She has also published other books and numerous journal articles. Keshavarz is a published poet in Persian and English and an activist for peace and justice. She was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly on the significance of cultural education. Her NPR show The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi brought her the Peabody Award in 2008. In the same year, she received the “Herschel Walker Peace and Justice Award.

Myong-Hee Kim, Barbara Goldberg, Sibbie O'Sullivan, and Kathi WolfeMyong-Hee Kim, Barbara Goldberg, Sibbie O'Sullivan, and Kathi Wolfe

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Born in Seoul, Korea, Myong-Hee Kim studied philosophy at Korea University. After moving to the United States, she studied creative writing and psychology at George Washington University. Her poems, in English and Korean, have been published various places, including the Christian Science Monitor and Korean language newspapers. In 2002 her translation of the Korean poet Lee Sang, Crow's Eye View, was published by The Word Works. She writes a weekly column for DC's Korean newspaper Joongang Daily. Barbara Goldberg is the author of six books of poetry. She recently received the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize for The Royal Baker's Daughter, forthcoming from University of Wisconsin Press in 2008. She is the translator, along with Israeli poet Moshe Dor, of The Fire Stays in Red: Poems by Ronny Someck (University of Wisconsin/Dryad Press) and After the First Rain: Israeli Poems on War and Peace (University of Syracuse Press). Sibbie O'Sullivan's poems have appeared in many publications, among them West Branch; The Laurel Review; Nimrod; Gargoyle; Dreamworks; South Florida Poetry Review; New Delta Review; Poet and Critic; Calapooya Collage; Westminster Review; Poets On; Apalachee Quarterly; Sou'Wester; Hubbub; Zone 3, and WordWrights. Her awards in poetry include the Mademoiselle College Poetry Prize; the Judith Siegal Pearson Poetry Prize, and the Billee Murray Denny Poetry Prize. Kathi Wolfe is a poet and writer. Her poetry has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Gargoyle and other publications. She has read at many poetry series, including the Library of Congress Poetry at Noon series. In 2006, Wolfe received a Puffin Foundation grant for her work on her chapbook of poems on Helen Keller.

Alan KingAlan W. King

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Alan King is an author, poet, and journalist who lives in the D.C. metropolitan area. He writes about art and domestic issues on his blog at In addition to teaching at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, he’s also the senior program director at the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, a Cave Canem fellow, and VONA alumnus. Alan is currently a Stonecoast MFA candidate, and has been nominated twice for a Best of the Net selection. He is also a Pushcart Prize nominee. Drift (Aquarius Press, 2012) is his first book.

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Amy KingAmy King

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Amy King lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is the author of the poetry collections, I'm the Man Who Loves You (BlazeVOX Books, 2007), Antidotes for an Alibi (BlazeVOX Books, 2005), and The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press, 2003). She teaches Creative Writing and English at SUNY Nassau Community College and has also taught a workshop of her own design, "Making the Urban Poetic" at Poets House in Manhattan. Ms. King is the editor-in-chief for the literary arts journal, MiPOesias, and an interview correspondent for miPOradio. She is the List Editor for the Poetics List, sponsored by The Electronic Poetry Center (SUNY-Buffalo/University of Pennsylvania). Her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she has been the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry.

Ted KooserTed Kooser

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Current Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Ted Kooser, who was born in Ames, Iowa, received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State and his master's in English from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including "Delights & Shadows," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. His other honors include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and the Stanley Kunitz Prize from Columbia. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Stanley KunitzStanley Kunitz

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Stanley Kunitz was born in Worchester, Massachusetts in 1905 and educated at Harvard University. He was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 1974-76 before the title was changed to Poet Laureate in 1985. He was next appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 2000-2001. His honors include the National Medal of the Arts, presented by President Clinton in 1993 and the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. As editor of the Yale Series of Younger Poets (1969-1977) he encouraged young writers in their careers. Poets who are prominent figures in American culture acknowledge Stanley Kunitz. A founder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Poets House in New York City, he also taught for many years in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. His honors include the Bollingen Prize, Harvard's Centennial Medal, The Levinson Prize, The Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, The Shelley Memorial Award, a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He was designated State Poet of New York and a Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets. He lived with his wife, the artist Elise Asher, in New York City and in Provincetown, where he cultivates a celebrated seaside garden. Stanley Kunitz has authored ten books and welcomed his 100th year with an eleventh publication (with Genine Lentine,) The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden. Selected poetry collections by Stanley Kunitz: Collected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2000;) Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (1995;) Next-to-Last Things: New Poems and Essays (1985;) The Poems of Stanley Kunitz, 1928-1978; The Testing Tree (1971;) and, Intellectual Things (1930).

Laurie LamonLaurie Lamon

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Laurie Lamon was chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall as a 2007 Witter Bynner Fellow. She teaches poetry workshops and literature seminars at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, where she is associate professor of English. She received her doctorate from the University of Utah and her M.F.A. from the University of Montana. Her poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and Poetry Northwest. She is the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Award in 2005, a Graves Award in 2002, and a Pushcart Prize in 2001 for the poem "Pain Thinks of the Beautiful Table." Her work is included in 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Ordinary Days, edited by Billy Collins, and is forthcoming in the second Poetry Daily anthology. Her first collection of poems, The Fork Without Hunger, was published by CavanKerry Press in 2005.

Laurie LamonHiram Larew

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Hiram Larew’s poetry has appeared in more than 100 journals and books such as Rhino, Ars Poetica, Poet’s Corner, and Innisfree. His poems have received numerous awards, including three Pushcart nominations and first prizes from Louisiana Literature, the Washington Review, and Baltimore’s ArtScape festival. His third collection, a chapbook titled Utmost, was published in 2016 by I. Giraffe Press. He has written and revised poetry while at the Weymouth Center in North Carolina, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Rope Walk, the Catskills Poetry Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and he has organized a number of poetry events that feature the diversity of voices in the greater D.C. area.  He is a member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Poetry Board, and his poetry papers are held in the Washington Writers’ Archive at George Washington University’s Gelman Library.

Mary Ann LarkinMary Ann Larkin and Patric Pepper

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Mary Ann Larkin is the author of five chapbooks of poetry. In 2010, Broadkill River Press published a full collection of poems: That Deep and Steady Hum. Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.  In 2003 she and her husband Patric Pepper founded Pond Road Press, which in 2006 published Tough Heaven: Poems of Pittsburgh by Jack Gilbert.  She was a co-founder of the Big Mama Poetry Troupe, a group of feminist poets based in Cleveland in the seventies, who for five years performed from Chicago to New York. A graduate of Duquesne University, Larkin has taught at a number of colleges and universities.

Patric PepperPatric 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 (WWPH) Poetry Prize. From 2008 through 2013, Pepper was President of WWPH, and continues to serve as Production Coordinator. He is founder and editor with his wife, Mary Ann Larkin, of Pond Road Press, which published Tough Heaven: Poems of Pittsburgh, by Jack Gilbert in 2006. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cape Cod Poetry Review, District Lines, Fugue, Gargoyle, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal.

Merill LefflerMerill Leffler

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Merrill Leffler has published two collections of poetry, Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love and Take Hold, and was the guest editor for The Changing Orders: Poetry from Israel for Poet Lore. Forthcoming in 2007 is a collection of poems, Mark the Music and, with Moshe Dor, A Guest in Your Own Body, translations of poems by the late Israeli poet Eytan Eytan. Leffler has taught literature at the University of Maryland and U.S. Naval Academy and was a senior science writer at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Program. He is the publisher of Dryad Press and lives in Takoma Park with his wife, the poet Ann Slayton. (Photo of Merrill Leffler © Michael Fincham. Reprinted with permission.)

Philip LevinePhilip Levine

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Philip Levine is the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate. He was born in Detroit in 1928, and educated at Wayne State, the University of Iowa, and Stanford University. He is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry, and his honors include the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, and two National Book Critic Circle Awards. Levine's first book of poems, On the Edge (1963), won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. Levine's other prizes include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Frank O’Hara Prize and the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, an award of merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award, and the Golden Rose from the New England Poetry Society. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997, elected as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000, and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002.  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Levine taught Literature and Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno from 1958-1992. In 1970, Levine was chosen Outstanding Professor at the University, and the following year he was chosen Outstanding Professor for the California State University System. He has also taught or served as a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley; Vassar College; Vanderbilt University; Princeton University; Tufts University; Columbia University; the University of Houston; New York University; and elsewhere. He currently divides his time between Fresno, California, and Brooklyn, New York. Photograph courtesy of Frances Levine.

Chris LlewellynChris Llewellyn

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Chris Llewellyn’s poetry collections include Fragments from the Fire: The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire of March 25, 1911, and Steam Dummy & Fragments from the Fire: Poems. Her poems have also been published in journals and anthologies, including Sixty Years of American Poetry. Among her other publications are essays on Muriel Rukeyser and on labor poetry studies. She has received the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her new, expanded edition of Fragments from the Fire is a collaborative work with author/sweatshop activist Michelle Gaffey. Llewellyn's New and Selected Works (forthcoming, 2016) includes companion pieces for poems by her sister, the late Ohio poet Elizabeth Ann James.

Herbert Woodward MartinHerbert Woodward Martin

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Herbert Woodward Martin has published seven volumes of poems. His latest volume Escape to the Promised Land (Bottom Dog Press) is a finalist in The Ohioana Awards presented by The Ohioana Library. His selected poems, Inscribing My Name, was published Kent State University Press in 2007. Martin was given an Ohio Governors Award for Individual Artist in Poetry in 2001 by the Ohio Arts Council, and in 2004 The Ohio Arts Council Awarded him an individual grant to write poetry. Martin has been closely associated with the nineteenth-century African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, who achieved national and international recognition near the end of that century. His association has allowed him to produce the scholarly works Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Singer of Songs, Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Eyes of The Poet, In His Own Voice: The Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar and The Selected Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Martin is the author of two opera libretti, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground and It Pays to Advertise. He also has to his credit the texts for a new Magnificat and the cantata, Crispus Attucks: American Patriot. He is presently at work on a new opera with the working title The Last Czar. His poems have appeared in a variety of American and British journals.

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Laini Mataka and Ann SlaytonLaini Mataka and Ann Slayton

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Laini Mataka was born and raised in Baltimore. Her first album, Black Ivory, was recorded in 1971. She hosted a radio show, Still Black After All These Years, at Morgan University's station. Her book titles for Black Classic Press are Never as Strangers, Restoring The Queen, and Bein' A Strong Black Woman Can Get U Killed!! Mataka has been an educator since 1996. Ann Slayton's poems have appeared in Poetry Now, Pembroke Magazine, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore and Washington Review; and the anthologies Rye Bread, City Celebration, and Takoma Park Writers. Two book publications are: The Music Beginning Here (Sibyl-Child Press) and Catching the Light (Dryad Press). She was co-founder of the Washington Women's Arts Center, and worked for 30 years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter. She lives in Maryland with her husband Merrill Leffler.

Hope Maxwell-Snyder and Rob CarneyHope Maxwell-Snyder and Rob Carney

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Hope Maxwell-Snyder and Rob Carney currently reside in West Virginia and Utah, respectively. Hope Snyder is originally from Colombia, South America. She received an MA in Spanish from George Washington University, another Master's in Spanish and Latin American Literature from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Spanish Medieval Literature from the University of Manchester in England. She is the author of two plays, The Backroom and Lullaby for George; a novel, Orange Wine; and two collections of poetry, Chains and Strings of Broken Hearts. She is the founder and producer of the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Rob Carney is originally from Washington state and earned his BA from Pacific Lutheran University, his MFA from Eastern Washington University, and his Ph.D from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is the author of New Fables, Old Songs; Boasts, Toasts, and Ghosts; and Weather Report. His collection This Is One Sexy Planet won the 2005 Frank Cat Press Annual Poetry Contest. He is a professor at Utah Valley State.

C.M. Mayo and Francisco AragónC.M. Mayo and Francisco Aragón

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C.M. Mayo is a Texas native raised in Northern California and a longtime resident of Mexico City. She currently divides her time between Mexico City, where she offers workshops via Dancing Chiva, and Washington D.C., where she is on the faculty of The Writer's Center. She is the author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, as well as the travel memoir, Miraculous Air, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Founding editor of Tameme, the bilingual Spanish/English chapbook press, Mayo is also a translator of contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction. Her anthology of Mexican fiction in translation, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, was published by Whereabouts Press in March 2006.

Francisco Aragón is the author of Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press, 2005) and editor of the award-winning anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007). His poems have appeared in print and web venues, including Crab Orchard Review, Mandorla, Jacket, and Poetry Daily, among many others. He is the director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame, where he oversees Latino Poetry Review, Momotombo Press, and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, among other initiatives. A board member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the Guild Complex in Chicago, Aragón resides in Arlington, Va., and works out of the ILS’ office in Washington, D.C.

Greg McBride and Sarah BrowningGreg McBride and Sarah Browning

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Greg McBride's chapbook, Back of the Envelope, appeared from Southeast Missouri State University Press in 2009. His full-length manuscript, Dead Man's Word, was a finalist for the 2009 DeNovo First Book Award, the 2009 Three Candles Press First Book Award, and the 2009 Washington Writers' Publishing House book award. His awards include the 2008 Boulevard Emerging Poet prize. His work appears in Arts and Letters, Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review Online, Hollins Critic, River Styx, Salmagundi, and Southern Poetry Review. A Vietnam veteran and retired lawyer, he edits and publishes The Innisfree Poetry Journal, an online literary journal.

Sarah Browning is director of Split This Rock, a national organization dedicated to integrating the poetry of provocation and witness into public life and supporting the poets who write this vital work. She is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Poetry Co-Editor of On The Issues Magazine, author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). The recipient of an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, she has also received a Creative Communities Initiative grant and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. She co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love reading series at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC.

Greg McBride and Sarah BrowningShara McCallum

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Shara McCallum has published four collections of poetry, including The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (2011), This Strange Land (2011), Song of Thieves (2003), and The Water Between Us (1999). Her poems have appeared in such literary journals as The Antioch Review, Witness, The Iowa Review, and Verse and in over 20 anthologies, including The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (ed. Michael Collier, 2000) and Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century. The recipient of a 2011 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, McCallum holds a Ph.D in African American and Caribbean Literature from Binghamton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a professor of English and director of the Stadler Center for Poetry of Bucknell University. Photo credit: Steven Shwartzer.

Richard McCann and Reb LivinstonRichard McCann and Reb Livingston

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Richard McCann is the author of Mother of Sorrows, a work of fiction, and Ghost Letters, a collection of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award, 1993 Capricorn Poetry Award). He is also the editor (with Michael Klein) of Things Shaped in Passing: More 'Poets for Life' Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, Ploughshares, Tin House, and the Washington Post Magazine, and numerous anthologies, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007 and Best American Essays 2000. He is currently working on a memoir, The Resurrectionist, which explores the experience and meanings of his experience as a liver transplant recipient. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University. Photo by Sigrid Estrada.

Reb Livingston is the author of Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books, 2007) and Pterodactyls Soar Again (Whole Coconut Chapbook  Series, 2006). Her work has appeared in The American Poetry ReviewCoconut, MiPOesias, and other literary magazine. One of her poems was chosen by Billy Collins for The Best American Poetry 2006 (Scribner).  She is the editor of No Tell Motel, publisher of No Tell Books, and co-editor of the No Tell Motel anthology series.  She has creative writing degrees from Bennington (MFA) and Carnegie Mellon (BA). She lives in Virginia with her husband and son. Photo by Rachel Beamer.

Jill McDonough and Elisavietta RitchieJill McDonough and Elisavietta Ritchie

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Jill McDonough was selected as a 2010 Witter Bynner Fellow by U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. Her first book is Habeas Corpus (Salt Publishing, 2008), fifty sonnets about executions in American history from 1608 to 2005. Her poems appear in The Threepenny Review, Poetry, The New Republic, and Slate; and her awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the NEA, the Fine Arts Work Center, Stanford's Stegner Program, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She has been teaching through Boston University's Prison Education Program since 1999, and is currently also an adjunct professor at University of Massachusetts Boston and Harvard University Extension School.

Elisavietta Ritchie's 15 books and chapbooks include Real Toads; Awaiting Permission to Land; Spirit of the Walrus; Arc of the Storm; Elegy for the Other Woman; Tightening The Circle Over Eel Country (winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association "New Writer's Award"); and Flying Time Stories and Half-Stories. Both Raking the Snow (poems) and In Haste I Write You This Note: Stories and Half-Stories were contest winners. She edits, translates, and teaches creative writing to adults and students, participates in a poetry-in-the-schools program, and serves as poetry mentor for selected teenagers. She created and edited the anthology The Dolphin's Arc: Endangered Creatures of the Sea, among others.

Campbell McGrathCampbell McGrath

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Campbell McGrath is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Pax Atomica (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2004) and Heart of Anthracite (Stride Books, UK, 2005). Among his awards are the Kingsley Tufts Prize, a WItter-Bynner Fellowhip in association with the Library of Congress, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. Mr. McGrath teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.

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Heather McHughHeather McHugh

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Heather McHugh's latest book of poems is EYESHOT (Wesleyan University Press 2003). She makes her home in Maine and teaches, at various times, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC. Ms. McHugh has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, PEN (Voelcker Poetry Award), Wellesley College (Sara Teasdale Award), and, together with her husband, translator Nikolai Popov, the 2001 Griffin Prize for Poetry in the International Category.

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