Afaa Michael Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of fourteen poetry collections, including City of Eternal Spring, The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 and The Government of Nature. He is alumnae professor of English at Simmons College in Boston. Weaver is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Pew fellowship, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, three Pushcart Prizes, and a Fulbright scholar appointment, among other honors.

Alicia Ostriker

Alicia Ostriker has published twelve volumes of poetry, most recently The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011 and The Book of Seventy (for which she received the 2009 Jewish National Book Award), The Volcano Sequence and No Heaven. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Yale Review, Ontario Review, The Nation, and many other journals and anthologies. Twice a National Book Award finalist, she has also received awards from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the Poetry Society of America, the San Francisco Poetry Center, and the Paterson Poetry Center. As a critic, she is the author of Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the bible. Her newest prose work is For the Love of God: the Bible as an Open Book. Ostriker lives in Princeton, NJ, and is Professor Emerita of English at Rutgers University.

Anne Marie Macari

Anne Marie Macari’s third book, She Heads Into The Wilderness, was published in 2008 by Autumn House Press. In 2000 she won the APR/Honickman first book prize for Ivory Cradle, chosen by Robert Creeley. She is also the author of Gloryland, published by Alice James Books. In 2005 Macari won the James Dickey Prize from Five Points Magazine, and her poems have appeared in numerous other magazines such as: The Iowa Review, The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and Field.

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.

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.

Gary Short

Gary Short is from Virginia City, Nevada. He is the author of three poetry collections: Theory of Twilight (Ahsahta Press, 1994); Flying Over Sonny Liston (University of Nevada Press, 1996), which won the Western States Book Award; and 10 Moons and 13 Horses (University of Nevada Press, 1996). He has been a Stegner fellow at Stanford, a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has been poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review, Shankpainter, and Great Basin Magazine. His recent prizes include a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He now teaches fall semesters at the University of Mississippi and has a home in Panajachel, Guatemala.

Gerald Stern

Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University.  He is the author of 15 books of poetry, including, most recently, Save the Last Dance  (Norton, 2008) and Everything is Burning (Norton, 2005), as well as This Time:  New and Selected Poems, which won the 1998 National Book Award.  Early Collected:  Poems from 1965-1992 was published by W. W.  Norton in the spring of 2010, and the paperback of his personal essays titled What I Can’t Bear Losing, was published in the fall of 2009 by Trinity University Press. Stern has a memoir from Trinity University Press, Stealing History, due in 2012, along with a new book of poems from W. W. Norton, In Beauty Bright.  He was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.  He is retired from the University of Iowa Writers’ WorkshopIn 2012, Gerald Stern was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hillary Gulley

Hillary Gulley is a writer and translator. Raised in West Virginia, she also lived in Spain, Hungary, Cuba and Italy before moving to New York City in 2007. In 2012, she won a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for her work on Marcelo Cohen’s The End of the Same. In 2013, she was awarded an NEA Fellowship for a July residency at Vermont Studio Center. Her first book is an anthology of Cuban short stories she translated from Spanish entitled Cuba in Splinters, Eleven Stories from the New Cuba, published by O/R Books in April 2014. She teaches composition, narrative and poetry at CUNY—Queens College.

Ira Sadoff

Ira Sadoff is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently True Faith (BOA Edidtions, 2012), and Barter and Grazing (Illinois UP). His Ira Sadoff Reader compiled selected poems, published essays and short stories. His work is widely anthologized, including in the Scribner Series Best Poems of 2002 and 2008, Harper American Literature, St. Martin’s Introduction to Literature, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Body Electric, The Paris Review Anthology, and The Bread Loaf Anthology of Poetry. He is also the author of one novel, Uncoupling, and a critical book on contemporary poetry, aesthetics and politics, History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of Culture (Iowa, 2009). Recipient of grants and prizes from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and The Poetry Society of America, he currently holds the Jeremiah Roberts Chair in English at Colby College; he has also taught in the MFA programs at the Iowa Writers Workshop, the University of Virginia, Warren Wilson College, and at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

Jane Mead

Jane Mead is the author of The Usable Field (Alice James, 2008), House of Poured-Out Waters (Illinois, 2001) and The Lord and the General Din of the World (Sarabande, 1996). Her poems appear regularly in literary journals such as American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly, The Washington Post, and the New York Times, and have been included in many anthologies, including The Body Electric (Norton), The Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets (University of New England Press) and Poet’s Choice (Ecco). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Completion Grant from the Lannan Foundation, and a Whiting Writer’s Award. She has taught at Colby College in Maine, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was for many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University. She farms in Northern California.

Judith Vollmer

Judith Vollmer‘s fifth book of poetry, The Water Books, was published by Autumn House Press in 2012. Her previous collection, Reactor (University of Wisconsin Press 2004), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and featured in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Her other books include The Door Open to the Fire, awarded The Cleveland State Poetry Prize in 1997 and finalist honors for the Paterson Prize; Black Butterfly (limited edition), awarded the Center for Book Arts chapbook prize in 1997; and Level Green, awarded the Brittingham Prize (Wisconsin 1990.) Vollmer has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies from the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, the Centrum Foundation, and others. Her essay on Baudelaire, “The Stroll and Preparation for Departure” is included in the Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire (Cambridge University Press 2006). Vollmer teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She lives in Pittsburgh and co-edits the national poetry journal 5 AM.

Marisa Frasca

Marisa Frasca’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, among them: Voices in Italian Americana, 5 AM, Arba Sicula, Philadelphia Poets, Adanna Journal, and Embroidered Stories Anthology. She was named first runner-up for the 2013 National Bordighera Poetry Prize for her book, Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom, recently published by Bordighera Press. Frasca was a Riggio fellow and scholar at The New School of Writing where she earned a BA, and she holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University’s low-residency program in poetry and poetry in translation. Born in Vittoria, Italy, Frasca resides in Manhattan and Long Island’s North Fork.

Michael Waters
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Michael Waters’ ten books of poetry include Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity (2006—finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize); and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001—finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize) from BOA Editions, and Bountiful (1992); The Burden Lifters (1989); and Anniversary of the Air (1985) from Carnegie Mellon UP. In 2011, Shoestring Press (UK) published Selected Poems. His co-edited volumes include Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation, he has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, Rolling Stone, and The Pushcart Prize, and has chaired the Poetry Panel for the National Book Award. Waters is Professor of English at Monmouth University.

Mihaela Moscaliuc

Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Father Dirt (Alice James Books, 2010), which won the Kinereth Gensler Award, and co-translator of Carmelia Leonte’s Death Searches for You a Second Time (Red Dragonfly Press, 2003). Her poems, translations, reviews, and articles appear in The Georgia Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Arts & Letters, Mississippi Review, Connecticut Review, Absinthe, Poetry International, Pleiades, and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. In 2011, she received a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Moscaliuc was born and raised in Romania, and has taught at Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Monmouth University.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips’ third book, Elegy for a Broken Machine, is forthcoming in March 2015 from Alfred A. Knopf. He is the author of two previous poetry collections, Boy and Chattahoochee, which won the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His honors include both Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Discovery / The Nation Prize from the 92nd Street Y, and the Translation Prize of the American-Scandinavian Foundation. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

Ross Gay

Ross Gay was born in 1974 in Youngstown, Ohio. His books are Against Which (CavanKerry, 2006) and Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Alehouse, among other journals. He is a Cave Canem fellow and a recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. In addition to being a book artist, a basketball coach and an editor with chapbook press Q Avenue, Gay teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and gives readings and workshops in various venues across the country.
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Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap grew up in Missoula, Montana. She attended Brown University where she studied English and American Literature. She received her MFA from Arizona State University, and is completing her PhD at the University of Southern California. Vap is the author of five collections of poetry. Her first book, Dummy Fire, was selected by Forrest Gander to receive the Saturnalia Poetry Prize. Her second, American Spikenard, was selected by Ira Sadoff to receive the Iowa Poetry Prize. Faulkner’s Rosary and Arco Iris were released by Saturnalia Books in 2010 and 2012—and Arco Iris was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2012. End of the Sentimental Journey was released in 2013 from Noemi Books, initiating their Infidel Poetics Series. She is a recipient of a 2013 NEA Literature Fellowship for Poetry, and her book Viability was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Jo Bang, and is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015. Vap has taught poetry and literature at Arizona State University and University of Southern California, and for many years now she has taught creative writing to kids in public schools. She lives with her family in Venice, CA.

Sean Nevin

Sean Nevin is the author of Oblivio Gate (Southern Illinois University Press) and A House That Falls (Slapering Hol Press). His honors include a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, the Alsop Review Poetry Prize, the Katherine C. Turner Academy of American Poets University Prize, and two fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, and JAMA, and anthologies including Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (Bottom Dog Press), Beyond Forgetting: Prose and Poetry about Alzheimer’s (Kent State University Press) and the anthology from the Academy of American Poets, New Voices: University and College Prizes 1998-2008. His poetry and interviews have recently been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated shows ‘The Story with Dick Gordon’ and ‘Speaking of Faith’ with Krista Tippett. He directs the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University.