Ellen Bass's poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her non-fiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins, 1996). Her work has frequently been published in The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review, as well as in many other journals. Among her awards are a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, two Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda Literary Award, Elliston Book Award, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com
Bruce Beasley is a native of Macon, Georgia, and author of seven collections of poems, including The Creation (winner of the Ohio State University Book Award), Summer Mystagogia (selected by Charles Wright for the Colorado Prize in Poetry), Lord Brain (winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Award), and most recently The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems (University of Washington Press, 2007) and Theophobia (BOA Editions, 2012). He has won three Pushcart Prizes and his work is included in The Pushcart Book of Poetry: The Best Poems from the First Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust. He is a professor of English at Western Washington University.
French-American poet Brigitte Byrd is the author of three poetry books, most recently Song of a Living Room (Ahsahta Press). Her newest poems are featured in The Laurel Review, Sentence, and the North American Review. She is also an editorial reviewer for Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. She teaches Creative Writing at Clayton State University where she is a Professor of English. http://www.brigittebyrd.com
Andrea Cohen's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her books include Furs Not Mine, just out from Four Way Books, Kentucky Derby, Long Division, and The Cartographer's Vacation. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA and the Writers House at Merrimack College.
William Corbett is a poet, memoirist and art writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York where he directs the small press Pressed Wafer. He has published books on the painters Philip Guston and Albert York, and edited the letters of the poet James Schuyler, Just the Thing: Selected Letters of James Schuyler. His most recent books of poetry are Elegies for Michael Gizzi (Kat Ran Press) and The Whalen Poem (Hanging Loose Press). In the fall, his book on the painter Sharon Horvath, The Worlds of Sharon Horvath, will appear from Pressed Wafer and Granary Books will publish his collaboration with the painter Rackstraw Downes, I Rode with the Cossacks.
Linda Gregerson is a Renaissance scholar, classically trained actor, and devotee of the sciences. She is the author of six collections of poetry: Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976 to 2014 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2015); The Selvage (2012); The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; Waterborne, winner of the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and Magnetic North, a finalist for a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.
Gregerson's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Granta, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. She is also the author of two volumes of criticism, including Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry.
Niillas Holmberg is a writer, musician and actor from Ohcejohka in Saamiland, Finland. He works in three languages; Nortern Saami, Finnish and English. He has published three collections of poetry which have been translated into seven languages. Heâ€™s been awarded multiple prizes from around world for his work.
Christopher Howell's most recent of his ten full-length collections of poems are Gaze (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and Dreamless and Possible: poems New & Selected (University of Washington Press, 2010). He has received two National Endowment Fellowships, fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Washington Artist Trust, and three Pushcart Prizes. Since 1975 he has been principal editor for Lynx House Press, and in 2006 was awarded the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Editorial Excellence in recognition of this long service. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Portland State University, Colorado State University, Willamette University, Pittsburg State University (Kansas), Whitman College, Emporia State University, and, since 1996, at Eastern Washington University where he also continues as Director and principal editor for Lynx House Press and for EWUâ€™s Willow Springs Editions.
Andrew Motion was UK Poet Laureate from 1999-2009. He was born in London and in 2015 was appointed a Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder and co-Director of The Poetry Archive (poetryarchive.org.uk), and the recipient of several prizes for his work, including most recently the Ted Hughes Award; he was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. His most recent collection of poems is Peace Talks (2015).