Catherine Strisik is the author of The Mistress (3: A Taos Press, 2016), current finalist for 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in Poetry. The Mistress is a poetic sensual journey in a struggle against Parkinson’s Disease: the “mistress” in her marriage. Blindness, disorientation, love, vanity and the body all collude in poems of striking elegance and bravery. Her poem, “Call Out My Name” from the collection, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Strisik is also the author of Thousand-Cricket Song (Plain View Press, 2010, 2nd edition 2016.) Says poet and translator, Ken McCullough, “…a powerful choral piece in which we experience by increments, the poet’s deepening understanding, hence solidarity. While the cumulative effect is of limitlessness, Strisik eschews hyperbole; she merely shifts to a wider and higher angle.”
Currently, Strisik is writing her third poetry collection, Insect Poems. Active in the Taos poetry community for over 34 years where she teaches private poetry workshops, her varied and many publications include Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Cutthroat, Tusculum Review, Drunken Boat, Cider Press Review, Studio. Strisik is featured on NPR affiliate, WordTemple Series, and, The Spoken Word, KUNM, University of N.M. She is also a language therapist for children with dyslexia. (photo credit: Jim O’Donnell)
Will Barnes, author of the poetry collection, The Ledgerbook (3: A Taos Press, 2016) was raised in Colorado and has lived in New Mexico for 25 years. He is an attorney, botanist, and teacher and currently works for the New Mexico State Land Office in Santa Fe. He spent ten years as a field botanist for the Valles Caldera National Preserve, has taught middle school science and language arts, and now supervises the wildlife biologist, forester, and archaeologists for the Land Office. In 1998 and 1999, while studying for his Masters degree in Biology, Will was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for poetry at the University of New Mexico. He was selected to perform in the Taos Poetry Festival, the Santa Fe Reading Series, and Artists for Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest in 2014. He received his MFA in poetry from New York University in May, 2015. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Julia.
Veronica Golos is the author of A Bell Buried Deep, co winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize (Story Line Press). In the book, Golos uncovers the biblical story of Sarah and Hagar, involving race, servitude, history, slavery, and freedom, in a series of lyrical persona poems.
She is also the author of Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award. Witnessing-from-afar the continuing US war in Iraq, “Golos takes the fragments, the bits and pieces that reach us from the battlefield, and weaves them with a morality and a sorrow,” states writer and journalist Barbara Nimri Aziz.
Her third book, Rootwork (3:A Taos Press) explores in epistolary poems the re-imagined life and thoughts of pre-Civil War American abolitionists John Brown and Mary Day Brown, as well as ghosts and runaways.
Golos was Poet in Residence at Sacred Heart Academy in Greenwich, CT in 2005, at the Nassau Museum of Art, and Yaxche School in Taos, New Mexico. She has lectured on Teaching Poetry to Children at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and Colorado State College. Most recently Golos taught poetry at The University of New Mexico’s Summer Writer’s Conference. Golos’ work has been widely published and anthologized nationally and internationally, and poems from Vocabulary of Silence are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi. In addition to being co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, she is the Poetry Editor for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. (photo credit: Jim O’Donnell)
ESSAY & REVIEW EDITOR, WILLIAM BARNES