Laurel Blossom’s second book-length narrative prose poem, Longevity, will be published in 2015 by Four Way Books, which also published Degrees of Latitude in 2007. Lyric collections include Wednesday: New and Selected Poems, The Papers Said, What’s Wrong, and a chapbook, Any Minute. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including 120 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, edited by Billy Collins; in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Pequod, The Paris Review, Pleiades, xconnect, and Harper’s, among others; and online at friggmagazine.com, BigCityLit.com, and elsewhere. Blossom has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and Harris Manchester College (Oxford University). Her poetry has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and the Elliston Prize. http://www.laurelblossom.com/
Lauren Camp is the author of This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010) and The Dailiness (Edwin E. Smith, 2013), selected by World Literature Today as an “Editor’s Pick.” She hosts “Audio Saucepan,” a global music/poetry program on Santa Fe Public Radio KSFR101.1FM, and writes the poetry blog, Which Silk Shirt. Online at www.laurencamp.com.
Ana Cristina César (1952-1983) was a poet and translator from Rio de Janeiro who came from a middle-class Protestant background and was usually known as “Ana C.” She had written since childhood and developed a strong interest in English literature. Ana spent time in England in 1968 and, on returning to Brazil, became a published author of note. The 1970s and early 1980s were the peak of her poetic career. One of the authors she admired was Sylvia Plath with whom she shared temperament and fate. In Rio de Janeiro in 1983, “Ana C.” committed suicide by jumping out of a window at her parents´ apartment.
Lise Goett’s second manuscript, Leprosarium, was the 2012 winner of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America. Her other awards include The Paris Review Discovery Award, The Pen Southwest Book Award in Poetry, the Capricorn Prize, the James D. Phelan Award, and The Barnard New Women Poets Prize for her first poetry collection, Waiting for the Paraclete (Beacon), as well as postgraduate fellowships from The Milton Center and the Creative Writing Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has held residencies at the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony, Cuidad Colón, Costa Rica, the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and the American Academy in Rome. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Image, Mandorla, and the Antioch Review. She teaches poetry workshops out of her home in Taos, NM.
Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books) and A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press). The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, and a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant, his poems have been featured by Poets and Writers, The Poetry Foundation, and Poetry Society of America. A co-editor of Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press) and The Other Latino: Writing Against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press), he teaches at the University of Southern California and in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University.
Sara Goudarzi is a Brooklyn writer. She was born in Tehran and grew up in Iran, Kenya and the U.S. Her non-fiction, poetry and translations have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Drunken Boat, National Geographic News and The Christian Science Monitor, among others. Sara is the founder and co-editor of /One/ The Journal of Literature, Art and Ideas and teaches writing at NYU. (photo credit: Anthony Rhoades)
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D., is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and the co-founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. She is the author of five books: Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women (Jewish Publication Society, 2001), The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons (Jewish Publication Society, 2006), The Omer Calendar of Biblical Women (Kohenet Institute, 2011), The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership (forthcoming, Ben Yehuda Press), and The Garden of Time (forthcoming, Skinner Press). She is a ritualist, a poet, and an essayist. Her work has been published in journals such as Religion and Literature, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, Torah Queeries, The New Jewish Feminism, and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. She lives in Manhattan with her wife and daughter.
Tiffany Higgins’ first collection of poems, And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet (Carolina Wren Press, 2009) was selected by Evie Shockley as the winner of the 2008 Carolina Wren Poetry Press prize. Her poetry is in Poetry magazine’s Nov. 2013 print issue and podcast. Audio recordings of her poems can be heard on From the Fishouse. Her poems have been published in Kenyon Review, Big Bridge, nocturnes, dritto, and other journals. She is currently translating Brazilian poets, and she teaches at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Merritt College in Oakland.
Brenda Hillman has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, and EmPress; she is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009) and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013). With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003). Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College of California where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. http://www.blueflowerarts.com/brenda-hillman.;http://brendahillman.net/bio.html
Keith Holyoak, poet, translator of classical Chinese poetry, and cognitive scientist, was raised on a dairy farm in British Columbia, Canada. Currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, he has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (see www.keithholyoak.com). A collection of Holyoak’s translations, Facing the Moon: Poems of Li Bai and Du Fu (Oyster River Press) appeared in 2007. He has also published two collections of his own poems, My Minotaur (2010) and Foreigner: New English Poems in Chinese Old Style (2012), both from Dos Madres Press. His spoken-word CDs are available from Broken Electric Records (www.BrokenElectric.com).
Joan Naviyuk Kane, is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Awards include a 2007 individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation, a 2009 Connie Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a National Native Creative Development Program grant, and a Whiting Writers’ Award for her first book, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. She received the 2012 Donald Hall Prize for her second book, Hyperboreal, published by Pitt Press. She is the recipient of the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, the 2013 Creative Vision Award from United States Artists, a 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship and will be the 2014 Indigenous Writer in Residence at the School for Advanced Research and faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Along with her husband and sons, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska. (photo credit: Seth Kantner)
Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up in England. She has published seven collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2007, and Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She was poet in residence at the Royal Mail and has held fellowships with the Royal Literary Fund at City University and at the International Writing Program in Iowa. She is the founder of The Poetry School, where she teaches. Her awards include a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors, a major Arts Council Writer’s Award and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of The English Society. Her recent pamphlet, Earthshine (Smith/Doorstop Books 2013), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, and a new collection, The Weather Wheel, is forthcoming from Carcanet Press in 2014.
Fred Marchant, author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize from The Word Works, Inc., and a twentieth anniversary second edition has been recently published, with an introduction by Nick Flynn. He has co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947. He is the Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program, and the Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston.
Susan McCabe, former Director of the PhD in Literature and Creative Writing, is a professor of English at USC, teaching modernist poetics, creative writing, and film. Her publications include many essays, poems and reviews, two critical books: Elizabeth Bishop: Her Poetics of Loss in 1994, and Cinematic Modernism: Modern Poetry and Film (Cambridge University Press, 2005); two books of poetry: Swirl (Red Hen Press, 2003); Descartes’ Nightmare won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in 2008 and was published by Utah University Press. She held a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in 2011, and serves on the MLA executive division in poetry. Currently, she is completing a literary biography of Bryher: Female Husband of Modernism and a book of poems, Fates.
Sawnie Morris is book review and essay editor of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art.
Yorgis Palamianakis is from Yergeri, a village near Heraklion, Crete. His poetry is influenced by the every day life of his village and the island of Crete, through the use of mandinada and rhyming couplets using a fifteen syllable rhythm that is traditional in the poetry and song of Crete. His verse has been compared to Vincence Kornaros, poet of the 17th Century. Yorgis is a member of the Association of Greek Literatures. He is also included in the Chari Patsi Encyclopaedia. He has published two books Expression of Life A and B.
Pascale Petit was born in Paris and lives in London. Her latest collection, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo (Seren, 2010, UK, Black Lawrence Press 2011, US), was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in The Observer. She has worked as Poetry Editor of Poetry London and currently tutors courses at Tate Modern and for The Poetry School. A selection of poems from her next collection Fauverie won the Manchester Writing Prize for Poetry in 2013. A pamphlet Effigies was published in 2013, in collaboration with the Syrian Kurdish painter Lawand, and commissioned by the A.M. Qattan Foundation at The Mosaic Rooms. (photo credit: Kaido Vainomaa)
Lynne Procope is a Cave Canem fellow and a former National Poetry Slam champion. She is co-author of the collaborative collection, Burning Down the House (Soft Skull). Her poems appear in Drum Voices Review 2000, Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (Manic D Press), His Rib: Women’s Anthology (Penmanship), Bowery Women (YDK ), The Last American Valentine (Write Bloody), Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press) and the So Much Things to Say anthology from the Calabash Literary Festival. Her work appears or is forthcoming in journals including: Pluck Literary Journal, Affilia Journal of Women & Social Work, Storyscape, decomP, Quarter After Eight, Washington Square Review. Recordings of her performances can be found on Indifeed and SpeakEasyNYC. She is curator of the Gaslight Salon Series, co-founder and managing editor of Union Station Magazine and executive director of the louderARTS Project.
Award winning sculptor, Deborah Rael-Buckley was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began taking courses in art history at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1980. She took a BA from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in the history of art and architecture, and was awarded the McNee Foundation Award, an Honors College award in 1994, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She finished her MFA in ceramic sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M) in 2000. She has shown and published her work nationally and internationally, most recently in Belgium. Her works have been included in public collections, including the Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, and the Albuquerque Museum, as well as many prestigious private collections of contemporary American ceramics. She lives and works in Taos, New Mexico, where she keeps her studio. www.raelbuckley.com
Hadaa Sendoo, born in 1961, is an award-winning Mongolian poet. He is founder and a leading figure of the World Poetry Almanac established in 2006. His poems, which have been translated into more than 30 languages, and are included in The Best Mongolian Poetry. In 2012, Hadaa Sendoo was invited to the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK, Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus. His poetry has appeared in the World Record Anthology by Bloodaxe, and MPT. In 2013, he was included in the list of world-class national poets in Esperanto. Hadaa Sendoo has received many poetry awards, including Mongolian Writers’ Union Prize.
Soraya Shalfoorosh has been featured in the Journal of the Academy of American Poets, Emerging Poet Series, with poems and reviews published in Tribes.org, Barrow Street, Skanky Possum, Bomb Magazine, Marlboro Review, WSQ. Soraya’s first book, Dark Moon is forthcoming with Barrow Street Press.
Ravi Shankar is founding editor and Executive Director of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has published or edited eight books/chapbooks of poetry, including the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove, called the work of “one of America’s finest younger poets” by Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he coedited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times, appeared as a commentator on the BBC, NPR and Jim Lehrer News Hour, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong and an Associate Professor of English at CCSU.
Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections: Trying to Help the Elephant Man Dance( The Backwaters Press, 2007 ) and Just Beautiful (New York Quarterly Books, 2010.) He has published poems in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review and Stand Magazine(U.K.) and has poems forthcoming in Mudlark, A Narrow Fellow and Plume Poetry Journal among others. After many years in Queens and Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.
Judith Taylor is the author of three poetry collections, Sex Libris (What Books Press 2013), Curios (Sarabande Books) and Selected Dreams from the Animal Kingdom (Zoo Press), and the co-editor of Air Fare: Stories, Poems and Essays on Flying (Sarabande Books). Her poetry is included in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and has been awarded Fellowhips from MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross, Djerrasi and VCCA. Formerly on the faculty of UCLA Extension Writers’Program, she now teaches private classes. Taylor is one of the founding editors of POOL: A Journal of Poetry and has managed and co-edited the journal since its inception in 2002.
Pui Ying Wong was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is the author of a full length book of poetry Yellow Plum Season (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), two chapbooks: Mementos (Finishing Line Press, 2007), Sonnet for a New Country (Pudding House Press, 2008) and her poems have appeared in Angle Poetry, Crannog (Ireland), Gargoyle, Narrow Fellow, Prairie Schooner, The Southampton Review, Ucity Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web and she was a finalist for the 2011 Sundress Best of the Net editions. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, the poet Tim Suermondt.