About Aracelis Girmay:
Aracelis Girmay is the author of Teeth, published by Curbstone Press in 2007, for which she was awarded a GLCA New Writers Award. Her collage-based book, changing, changing, was published by George Braziller in 2005. Girmay has been awarded writing grants from the Watson Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, & the NEA. A Cave Canem graduate & Acentos board member, she was the 2008-2009 visiting writer in Queens College’s MFA program &, for years, has facilitated arts/activism workshops with young people in the Bronx. In addition to teaching at Drew, Girmay teaches poetry at Hampshire College. Her new book of poems, Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
About Ellen Doré Watson:
Ellen Doré Watson’s most recent volume of poems is Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Her other books include This Sharpening, also from Tupelo, and two from Alice James, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. Broken Railings was awarded the Green Lake Chapbook Award from Owl Creek Press. Individual poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, the Zoland Poetry Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. She has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press). Watson has also co-translated contemporary Arabic language poetry with Saadi Simawe, and a second book of Prado translations is due from Tupelo in 2012. Recently appointed an Elector of the Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Watson lives in western Massachusetts, where she directs the Poetry Center at Smith College and serves as poetry and translation editor of The Massachusetts Review.
About Sean Nevin: