Bio: he grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border, in the small desert farming town of El Centro, California. He studied poetry at U.C. Berkeley in the MFA In Writing Program at Pacific University, Oregon. His poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Cider Press Review, North American Review and Rattle. He lives in Ojai, California with his wife and cat. Visit him at: www.robertpeake.com
Bio: he is the author of Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008), lives in Bemidji, Minnesota. His awards include fellowships from Cave Canem, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, DIAGRAM, Tin House, and numerous journals, and in several anthologies including Black Nature. More information, as well as poems, can be found at his website: www.seanhillpoetry.com.
Bio: she grew up in Georgia, received an MA from SUNY Buffalo in 1997, an MFA from Brooklyn College in 2000. She teaches English at Nassau Community College on Long Island and has been writing poems throughout her numerous careers, which have included working for the Department of Defense, managing a popular fast food restaurant, multi-tasking as a medical technician in Labor & Delivery, serving as a residence counselor and advocate for the learning disabled, directing an ESL school in Manhattan and many other positions better left a mystery. She spends much of her time in Brooklyn and Baltimore. Visit her at: http://amyking.org/
Bio: he was born and brought up in a rural community in the English county of Cumbria, home to the Lake District or Lakeland as it's sometimes known. After spending years enjoying the scenery, he decided to try and capture it in images on film, and that's how he became an amateur photographer. He work includes rugged areas of Scotland and Wales. He lives in the UK. Visit his website at: http://www.viewlakeland.com/
Bio: she directs the Southern Illinois University Carbondale MFA Program in Creative Writing, serves as editor and poetry editor with Crab Orchard Review, and directs an annual summer writing conference for teen writers. She is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently My Father's Kites (2010 by Steel Toe Books). She was born in London and grew up in Toronto and the Bronx. She presently lives, writes and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois. Visit the review she edits at: http://craborchardreview.siuc.edu/
Bio: he is the author of seven collections of poetry. He has published a novel, Uncoupling, and a collection of poems, stories and essays: The Ira Sadoff Reader. A book of literary criticism, History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of American Culture, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2009. His work is widely anthologized in The Harper American Literature, The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Poetry, and St. Martin's Introduction to Literature, among others. He has received many grants and awards, including from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His newest collection TRUE FAITH (from BOA) is due in Jan. 2012. He currently teaches in the M.F.A. program at Drew University, and serves as the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of English at Colby College, in Maine. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bio: she is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at SUNY Brockport, lives, writes, and teaches in Rochester, New York. Her poetry has recently appeared in Redactions: Poetry and Poetics, Red Wheelbarrow, Hazmat Literary Review, Poetry MidWest, Umbrella, The Centrifugal Eye, Oak Bend Review, decomP, Pirene’s Fountain and elsewhere. Contact her at: email@example.com
Bio: she studied fine art and graphic design at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, and then went on to take part in a painting marathon with Graham Nixon, Dean of New York Studio School, NYC. Then she took part in the University of Vermont, Cultural Immersion Program and stuided abroad in Oslo, Norway. She says her art technique is contemporary 2-D mixed media painting. She uses paint, photography, technology and any other materials that works for her. Her technique is very painterly, where color and space are important. She feels we all share a common humanity which forever binds us,and that's what keeps her painting. Born in Montana, she now resides in Florida. Visit her at: http://www.manneckart.com/home
Bio: he is the author of five collections of poetry, and the editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, author of “Musings” (a weekly column on poetry), founder of Poetry Hickory, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and a writer of reviews of contemporary poetry. His work has received awards from the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Academy of American Poets, the NC Writers’ Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC. Born in Greenwood, SC, he has lived in NC for the past twenty-five years and currently teaches at Catawba Valley Community College. Visit him at: http://redroom.com/author/scott-owens
Bio: her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including Divan, Page Seventeen, Tamba, Poetrix, Polestar and a poem has been accepted for the APC Dear Dad anthology. She is now dipping her toe into performance poetry. The emerging poet lives in the Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, Australia. Visit her at: http://vickithornton.weebly.com/index.html
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