Francisco X. Alarcón, award-winning Chicano poet and educator, was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now lives in Davis, where he teaches at the University of California. He is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, including Borderless Butterflies / Mariposas sin fronteras (Poetic Matrix Press 2014), Ce • Uno • One: Poems for the New Sun (Swan Scythe Press, 2010), From the Other Side of Night / Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems (University of Arizona Press, 2002), Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes (Creative Arts Book Company, 2001), and Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (Chronicle Books, 1992). He is the author of six acclaimed books of bilingual poems for children on the seasons of the year originally published by Children’s Book Press, now an imprint of Lee & Low Books. He is the creator of the Facebook page “Poets Responding to SB 1070.”
Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author and of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, and of Small Gods of Grief which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry in 2001. Her third poetry collection, A New Hunger, was selected as an ALA Notable Book in 2008. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and her work has been widely anthologized. She is the editor of four anthologies: Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars, Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades, Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the Cities, and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences. Bosselaar taught at Emerson College in Boston and at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She currently teaches at the University of California Santa Barbara and is a member of the founding faculty at the Low Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.
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.
Alex Cigale’s own English-language poems have appeared in numerous journals, including in Colorado Review, Green Mountains Review, North American Review, Tar River Poetry, Tampa Review, and The Literary Review, and his translations in Cimarron Review, Literary Imagination, Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review, PEN America, Two Lines, and World Literature Today. From 2011 until 2013 he was Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is a 2015 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, for his work on the poet Mikhail Eremin of the St. Petersburg “philological school”. He serves on the editorial boards of MadHat Annual, The St. Petersburg Review, and Verse Junkies, and is the editor of the Spring 2015 Russia Issue of the Atlanta Poetry, and of an Indigenous Writing from the Former USSR feature in Fulcrum 8.
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.
John FitzGerald is a poet, writer, editor, and attorney for the disabled in Los Angeles. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland, he attended the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. He is author of Favorite Bedtime Stories (Salmon Poetry), The Mind (Salmon Poetry), Telling Time by the Shadows (Turning Point), and Spring Water (Turning Point Books Prize). Other works include Primate, a novel & screenplay, and the non-fiction Everything I Know. He has contributed to the anthologies Human and Inhuman Monstrous Poems (Everyman), Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it (Salmon Poetry), Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry), Rubicon: Words and Art inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis (Sybaritic Press), and From the Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anais Nin (Sybaritic Press), and to many journals, notably The Warwick Review, World Literature Today, MadHatters Review, Barnwood Mag, and Lit Bridge.
H. L. Hix’s recent books include a poetry collection, I’m Here to Learn to Dream In Your Language (Etruscan Press, 2015), and an anthology of artist/writer collaborations, Ley Lines (Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2014). He lives a few hours due north of Taos, with his partner, the poet Kate Northrop; their writing studio was once a garage, and before that was a barn. www.hlhix.com
Arian Katsimbras ( featured poet) was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, where he attended the University of Nevada-Reno. He has been the recipient of the DQ Poetry Award and the Emily Morrison Prize in Poetry selected by Jamaal May. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, Waxwing Literary Journal, and Tahoma Literary Review. Arian lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, and is an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech.
Karen Kevorkian has published poetry collections with What Books Press and Red Hen Press in Los Angeles. She has published both fiction and poetry, poetry recently in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry Flash, Poetry International, Volt, Quarterly West, Massachusetts Review, and Agni Review. She teaches poetry and fiction writing at the University of California at Los Angeles, and before that at the University of Virginia. Previously she worked as editor of exhibition catalogues for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A Texas native, Kevorkian was educated at the universities of Texas, Virginia, and Utah. Comment on her work notes the emotional range and precision of the language. In Taos she has several times been a fellow at the Wurlitzer Foundation.
Katica Kulavkova (Ćulavkova) was born (1951) in Veles (ex Yugoslavia). She is Professor of Theory of Literature, Literary Hermeneutics and Creative Writing at the University of Skopje, a member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Art, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Salzburg), and Vice President of PEN International. She lives in Skopje and studied literature at the University of Cyril and Methodius, at the Sorbonne, and at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). Her first book of poems appeared in 1975. Since then, she has published more than twenty books of poetry (in Macedonian and in translation), as well as two collections of short fictions, one poetic play, and many other books, as both author and editor. Kulavkova has received numerous Macedonian literary awards. (Photo credit: Philip Kondovski)
Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong is a poet and a software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has lived in nine states and two continents. Writing is a way for her to traverse seen and unseen geographies. Her work has been nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize, broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio and published in various journals and anthologies, including California Quarterly, The Columbia Review, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, The Pedestal, Nimrod, and others. Her book-length poetry manuscript, Ravel, has been listed as a finalist for the Many Voices Project by New Rivers Press, and the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. She is curating a digital anthology, The Taste of Each, which is currently open to submissions.
A winner of the Albanian National Silver Pen Prize in 2000 and the International Kristal Vilenica Prize in 2009, Luljeta Lleshanaku is the author of six books of poetry in Albanian and six poetry collections in other languages: Antipastoral, 2006, Italy; Kinder der natur, 2010, Austria; Dzieci natury, 2011, Poland. Haywire: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), a finalist for the “2013 Popescu Prize” by Poetry Society, UK, which includes work from Fresco: Selected Poems (2002), and Child of Nature (2010). Lleshanaku was nominated for the European poetry prize “The European Poet of Freedom, 2012”, in Poland.
Damon Ferrell Marbut is author of the Amazon bestselling poetry book, Little Human Accidents, and a collection of French Quarter bar poems called Human Crutches which is currently being considered for a Stonewall Award. Notably, he has also published a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age novel, Awake in the Mad World. A graduate from the writing program at The University of South Alabama, Damon lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. His new book proposals are under consideration for a Guggenheim Fellowship. (photo credit: Larry Graham)
Holaday Mason is author of Towards the Forest and Dissolve (New River Press 2007, 2011), Light Spilling From Its Own Cup (Inevitable Press,1999) and Interlude (Far Star Fire Press, 2001). Her manuscript, The Weaver’s Body was finalist & won honorable mention for 2014 Dorset Prize. The Red Bowl, a Fable in Poems is forthcoming in 2017. Pushcart nominee, publications include, Poetry International, American Literary Review, Pool, Smartish Pace, Runes, Solo, The River Styx, The Spoon River Review, The Laurel Review. Co- editor of Echo 68, poetry editor of Mentalshoes.com, her photography has graced several websites & a book cover. Holadaymason.com
Bejan Matur is Kurdish from Marash in Southeast Turkey. Her first book, Rüzgar Dolu Konaklar was published in 1996, and won several literary prizes. Her second book, Tanrı Görmesin Harflerimi (1999), and other books Ayın Büyüttüğü Oğullar and Onun Çölünde were published in subsequent years. Her work has been translated in 24 languages. Other books include: İbrahim’in Beni Terketmesi, Doğunun Kapısı: Diyarbakır ,Kader Denizi with the photographs taken by Mehmet Günyeli. In February 2011, she published her most recent book, Dağın Ardına Bakmak a prose book about the PKK Guerillas. In Autumn of 2011, Reflection on Islamic Art was published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation. She is a former director of DKSV (Diyarbakır Cultural Art Foundation) located in Diyarbakır. Matur conducted social projects with children, women and the younger population who were removed from their village.
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University and board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington,D.C. Miller is the author of several collections of poems and two memoirs. His most recent book of poetry is Falta de Ar published in Portugal by Medula Press, October 2014.
Daniel David Moses calls the Six Nations lands along the Grand River in southern Ontario, Canada, his home. His poems are collected in Delicate Bodies, The White Line, Sixteen Jesuses and the CD River Range. Other publications include Pursued by a Bear, Talks, Monologues and Tales, essays (2005), Kyotopolis, a play in two acts (2008) and A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems (2012), all from Exile Editions. His best known play, Almighty Voice and His Wife, is included in the Norton Anthology of Drama, 2nd Edition, Volume 2. He is founding co-editor of Oxford University Press’ An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, the fourth edition of which appeared in February 2013. As an associate professor and Queen’s National Scholar, he teaches playwrighting in the Department of Drama at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. (photo credit: John Reeves)
Matt Pasca’s poetry has appeared in over twenty journals, including Paterson Literary Review, Georgetown Review, Naugatuck River Review and Pedestal Magazine, and ten print anthologies. His first book, A Thousand Doors, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his poem “Receiving Line” won the 2012 Great Neck Poetry Prize. After earning degrees from Cornell and Stony Brook Universities, Pasca signed on at Bay Shore High School, where he has taught since 1997. A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Pasca also advises the award-winning literary-art magazine The Writers’ Block and acts as a copyeditor and reviewer for the Long Island Authors Group. Matt has performed his work in New Mexico, Montana, New Jersey, all around New York and teaches workshops at colleges, conferences and continuing Ed. programs. www.mattpasca.com @Matt_Pasca
Besides the Noble Prize-winning Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) is available in English in Mark Rudman’s translation of My Sister – Life (1983, Northwestern), James Falen’s retranslations of My Sister – Life and the Zhivago Poems (2012, also Northwestern), and the Selected Poems in the translation of Peter France and Jon Stallworthy (1992, Penguin). Peter France’s translation of the poet Gennady Aygi’s tributes, forthcoming from New Directions, contains an immensely personal portrait of the aged Pasternak, as does Bella Akhmadulina’s poem in memoriam (1962). The insurmountable difficulty in translating Pasternak is the syntactic complexity of his verse. Like Tsvetaeva’s compression, it resists “unpacking,” so that any resulting English poem requires “smoothing out,” and a loss of some of the densely textural qualities of the original. Significant for “Improvization” is that in his teens, Pasternak had studied composition at the Moscow Conservatory, under the influence of Alexander Scriabin, who died in 1915 at the age of 43.
Melissa Reeser Poulin grew up in southern California and currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, a metal artist. She teaches creative writing in public high schools and English for adult speakers of other languages at an international center. Melissa is co-editor of Winged: New Writing on Bees, a collection of work from 36 new and established writers on the relationship between humans and honeybees, with proceeds to benefits pollinator conservation. Please visit wingedbook.com.
Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently: Cloud Pharmacy and The Alchemist’s Kitchen. She is a co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders and has received awards from The Times Literary Supplement – London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Rich’s individual poems appear in the Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, and Poetry Ireland.
The life of Marina Tsvetayeva (1892-1941), perhaps the most tragic of all Russian poets, involved extremes of wealth and poverty, with ostracism from both sides of the political divide. Her father was a foremost Russian art historian who founded the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art in Moscow, and the family lost everything in the aftermath of the Revolution. During her lengthy Paris émigré period, she became a pariah due to her husband’s (a former White Army officer) collaboration with the Soviet secret police (including suspected participation in assassinations). Their flight back to the Soviet Union, ahead of the Nazi occupation of France, resulted in her husband’s execution and her own starvation and suicide. Of all the poets, Tsvetaeva had felt the strongest affinity with Pasternak, for the soulfulness and emotional intensity of his work, and their correspondence was one of the most significant relationships in either lifetime. The addressee of this poem, the late Symbolist lyrical poet Alexander Blok, was an idol to both.
Summer Wood is the author of the novels Raising Wrecker (Bloomsbury) and Arroyo (Chronicle Books) and teaches writing at the University of New Mexico’s Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. Raising Wrecker received the 2012 WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction from Women Writing the West. The novel is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, a BookBrowse Editors’ Choice, and a UK Booksellers’ Choice. Wood was awarded the Fourth $50,000 Literary Gift of Freedom from A Room of Her Own Foundation, and her short fiction has been honored with the 2013 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, the Barbara Deming Memorial Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination and other distinctions. Wood’s nonfiction has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Flyway, and other venues. Summer Wood and her partner Kathy Namba have three grown sons and divide their time between northern New Mexico and New Orleans.
Barbara Zaring has worked in Taos, NM, for over forty years. In addition to her many gallery shows, she has been in exhibitions in The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana and the Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico. She is published in more than a dozen books. Among her honors are Artist-in-Residence at Yosemite National Park, and the Art in the Embassies Program in Zagreb, Croatia. She was poster/cover artist for both Music from Angel Fire and Bravo! Vail music festivals.