Meena Alexander was born in India and brought up there and in Sudan. Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2013 ) is her seventh book of poetry. Her poems have been translated and set to music — “Impossible Grace,” the lyric base of the First Al Quds Music Award was performed in Jerusalem and the poem “Acqua Alta, ” was set to music by Jan Sandstrom for the Serikon Music Group’s climate change project in Sweden. She has received awards from the Guggenheim, Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundations. She is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center and Hunter College, CUNY. meenaalexander.com
Kazim Ali’s books include four volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, the mixed genre Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities and Sky Ward. He has also published two novels Quinn’s Passage and The Disappearance of Seth, two collections of essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice, and translations of Sohrab Sepehri, Marguerite Duras and Ananda Devi. His poems and essays have appeared widely in such journals as American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. He is contributing editor of AWP Writers Chronicle, associate editor of Field, and founding editor of Nightboat Books. He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College and has served as visiting writer at many colleges and universities.
Joyce Ashuntantang was born in Kumba Town, Cameroon. She is presently an Associate Professor of English at University of Hartford, Connecticut. An actress, poet, screenwriter and filmmaker, she is the author of several important texts including Landscaping Postcoloniality: the Dissemination of Anglophone Cameroon Literature (2009) and A Basket of Flaming Ashes (2010). She earned a B.A in Modern English Studies from the University of Yaoundé, a Masters in Librarianship from the University of Wales, U.K., and a PhD in English from the City University of New York. She is the CEO/founder of EduART INC; a non-profit organization created to promote art as a medium for social change. She blogs her world at www.joyceash.com.
And Introducing…Will Barnes teaches middle school science and language arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His manuscript about text, memory and landscape in the west is called The Ledgerbook. Poems from this collection have been published in the CutBank Review, the Eleventh Muse, the Anthology for the Academy of American Poets Prize, and Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.
Cyrus Cassells’ The Crossed-Out Swastika was recently named a finalist for the Balcones Prize for the Best Poetry Book of 2012. His sixth book, The Gospel according to Wild Indigo (Copper Canyon) and Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas are forthcoming. His translations of Catalan and Italian poetry and prose have appeared in several journals and magazines.
Lenny Foster’s photography career began in 1993 after a trip to the Southwest. Foster’s photography hangs in many private collections, the Harwood Museum in Taos, N.M., the Albuquerque Museum, and in the permanent collection at the Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Foster was honored as a Taos Living Master by the Taos Fall Arts Committee in 2007, and in 2010 Lenny’s image, The Spirit of Bandelier won The Patsy Schumacher Best of Show Award at the Taos Fall Arts Festival. Lenny Foster’s work can be seen at Living Light Photography Studio/Gallery, Taos, N.M.
Veronica Golos is co-editor of Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.
Lucy Bryan Green is a fiction and nonfiction writer and lecturer in English at Pennsylvania State University. Her book reviews, short fiction, and creative essays have appeared or will soon appear in Superstition Review, So to Speak, Orion Headless, Sojourners, Word Riot, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Cold Front, New Letters, Green Mountains Review, among others. Some of her reviews can be accessed at the following links: – http://www.newletters.org/WEB%20files%2077%20/WEB_Green%20Review.pdf – http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2011spring/bradfield.shtml – http://coldfrontmag.com/tag/lucy-bryan-green
Richard Greenfield is the author of Tracer (Omnidawn 2009) and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press, 2003), which was named a Book Sense Top University Press pick. He earned a BS in Arts & Letters (in English & Philosophy) from Portland State University (1996), an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana (1999), and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver (2005), where he was a Frankel Fellow. He was a visiting writer at Brown University (2006) and a Bates College Learning Associate (2010). Since 2009, he has been a professor of creative writing and poetry at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. With Mark Tursi, he is a founding editor of Apostrophe Books, a small press of poetry, which began publishing books in 2007.
Trained as an architect at Baghdad University, Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan currently makes his living as an award-winning journalist, producing cultural programming on Radio Free Iraq. He has published four poetry collections in Arabic, The Circle of Sundial (1998), Suggested Signs (2007), Being Here (2008), and Dayplaces (2010). His collected poems were published in 2010 by the Arabic House for Publishing in Beirut. In 2011, he was a Resident at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He is an active translator, primarily of poems and philosophical texts, including both European and Asian philosophies.
Phyllis Hotch’s books include three poetry collections, A Little Book of Lies, No Longer Time, and her most recent, 3 A.M., published by 3: A Taos Press. Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Threepenny Review, Women’s Review of Books, Visions International, and Chokecherries. She has been awarded the Senior Poet Laureate Prize, 2011 Wildwood Poetry Prize, Recursos Discovery Prize, and Passager Poetry Prize. After moving from Massachusetts to Taos in the late 80′s, she served as president and board member of SOMOS and organized a Taos chapter of PEN.
Jeffrey Levine is the author of two books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, and Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. His many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize, and the 2007 American Literary Review poetry prize. Levine is founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award-winning independent literary press. In addition, he serves on the core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and is founder of Tupelo Press Seminars. Blog: www.jeffreyelevine.com Website: www.tupelopress.org
Kaylee Lockett is an Oklahoma City native. She has studied writing at Classen School of Advanced Studies and the Oklahoma Arts Institute and intends to pursue an English degree. Kaylee is an active writer, blogger, dancer and lover of the earth.
Sarah Maclay is the author of Music for the Black Room, The White Bride and Whore (all, U of Tampa), as well as three limited edition chapbooks. In 2013, The Huffington Post shortlisted her as one of five American poets to watch. Her poems and criticism have appeared in APR, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Writer’s Chronicle, Poetry Daily, VerseDaily, The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present, Poetry International, where she serves as Book Review Editor, and numerous other journals. Her short stage piece Fugue States Coming Down the Hall was anthologized in Scenarios: Scripts to Perform. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Special Mention, a 2009 Grisham fellowship, and the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. She teaches creative writing and literature at Loyola Marymount University and conducts workshops at The Ruskin Art Club and Beyond Baroque. www.sarahmaclay.com (photo credit: Holaday Mason & D. H. Dowling)
Djelloul Marbrook is the author of two poetry books, Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press, winner of the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and the 2010 International Book Award in poetry) and Brushstrokes and Glances (2010, Deerbrook Editions). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Orbis (UK), From the Fishouse, Oberon, The Same, Reed, Fledgling Rag, Poets Against the War, Poemeleon, Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, Atticus Review, Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, and Daylight Burglary, among others. The latest of his four books of fiction is Guest Boy (2012, Mira Publishing House CLC, Leeds, UK), to be followed by the rest of the trilogy in 2014. A retired newspaper editor and U.S. Navy veteran, he lives in New York’s mid-Hudson valley with his wife Marilyn. (photo credit: Jim Smith)
Valerie Martínez is a poet, translator, teacher, playwright, librettist, and collaborative artist. Her award-winning books include Absence, Luminescent, World to World, A Flock of Scarlet Doves, Each and Her, And They Called It Horizon and This is How It Began. Her most recent book, Each and Her (winner of the 2012 Arizona Book Award), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Open Book Award, the William Carlos William Award, and the Ron Ridenhour Prize. Her work has been widely published in The Best American Poetry, the Washington Post, and the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere series. Valerie has more than twenty years of experience as a teacher, primarily at the college level. She is Executive Director of Littleglobe, Inc., a non-profit collaborative of artists who create works of art about issues of urgency, including climate change. She was the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico for 2008-2010. www.valeriemartinez.net
Carol Moldaw’s most recent book is So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems (2010). She is the author of four other books of poetry, including The Lightning Field, which won the 2002 FIELD Poetry Prize, as well as a novel, The Widening. She lives outside of Santa Fe with her husband and daughter and teaches privately. www.carolmoldaw.com.
Sawnie Morris has received a Poetry Society of America Award and been co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award for her chapbook The Sound a Raven Makes. Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, drunkenboat.com, The Journal, and other magazines. Her prose on poetry has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Boston Review. Her full-length collection of poems has been finalist most recently for the 2013 New Issues Press Award. She is Curator of Art & Activism at Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters, a 25 year old non-profit advocacy organization for New Mexico’s waters.
The author of fifteen volumes of poetry, Francesc Parcerisas, born in 1944, is Catalan Spain’s most lauded contemporary poet. He is also revered for translating into Catalan a staggering array of English language classics, including Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. (photo credit of Parcerisas and Cassells: Margo Berdeshevsky)
Wang Ping was born in Shanghai. She is the founder of the Kinship of Rivers Project. Her numerous publications include Of Flesh and Spirit, The Magic Whip, The Last Communist Virgin, all from Coffee House Press; New Generation: Poetry from China Today; Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, co-translation with Ron Padgett; Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities. The Last Communist Virgin won 2008 Minnesota Book Award and Asian American Studies Award. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. www.wangping.com;www.behindthegateexhibit.wangping.com; www.kinshipofrivers.org
Joan Roberta Ryan is a writer living in Taos, New Mexico where she indulges her passions for reading and writing poetry, skiing, hiking, and cooking Mediterranean foods. Formerly, she ran her own direct marketing agency in Philadelphia, handled advertising and publicity for New York publishers and studied Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, Roanoke Review, Off the Coast, Concho River Review, Prick of the Spindle and other venues.
Mirabai Starr is a critically acclaimed author and translator of sacred literature. She teaches and speaks widely on contemplative practice, interspiritual experience, and the transformational power of loss. Her works include Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross, The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life, by Teresa of Avila and The Showings of Julian of Norwich, Mother of God Similar to Fire (in collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols) and Contemplations, Prayers, and Living Wisdom (Sounds True). GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, positions her at the forefront of the emerging Interspiritual Movement. (photo credit: Lisa Law)
Catherine Strisik is co-editor of Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.
Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and his island home. He has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and in the New York City public school system. His work has appeared in such journals as Poetry International, American Letters & Commentary, The Same, St. Ann’s Review, Sulfur, Rattapallax, and in the anthologies Chance of A Ghost and The American Voice in Poetry. He is the author of four volumes of poetry: An Island of His Own, The Goat, and Gone Away, all from Junction Press, and No Back Door (Shearsman Books, 2010), for which he received the Paterson award. About Taylor’s poems Derek Walcott has observed, “The sense of search, of the avoidance of flash, mutes his meters to an admirable degree, and the tone, which he found remarkably early, keeps him separate and unique.”
Leslie Ullman is the author of three previous poetry collections and winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection, Progress on the Subject of Immensity, is published by University of New Mexico Press. A former creative writing professor at University of Texas-El Paso, she now lives in Taos and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She also works as a ski instructor at Taos Ski Valley. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, and her most recent essay, “A Spiral Walk Around the Golden Mean,” will appear in the October issue of The Writer’s Chronicle. www.leslieullman.com. (photo credit: Michele Potter)
Political activist and wilderness advocate, Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, and Wild in the Plaza of Memory. Translated into a dozen languages, her work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide. Uschuk has been awarded the 2011 War Poetry Prize from Winning Writers, 2010 New Millenium Poetry Prize, 2010 Best of the Web, Struga Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, and prizes from Ascent and Amnesty International. Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Fort Lewis College. Editor-In-Chief of Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts, Uschuk lives in Bayfield, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona. Uschuk was featured at the 2013 Prague Summer Programs and was the 2011 John C. Hodges Visiting Writer at UT, Knoxville. She’s working on a multi-genre book of healers and healing.