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NOTABLE ALUMNI POETS (A work in progress*)

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Anthony S. Abbot

Anthony S. Abbot ('91/'02): Anthony S. Abbott is Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. He is the author of two novels and six books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize nominated The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat. His most recent collection, If Words Could Save Us, received the 2012 Brockman-Campbell Award. Tony is past President of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Writers Network, and a recipient of the Sam Ragan Award for his writing and service to the literary community of North Carolina. www.thegirlintheyellowraincoat.com

 

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Kazim Ali
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Brett Hall Jones

Kazim Ali ('98): Kazim Ali's books of poetry include The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, the cross-genre memoir Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities and most recently, Sky Ward. He is also the author of two novels, Quinn's Passage and The Disappearance of Seth and the essay collections Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He has translated volumes by Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri and Ananda Devi. In addition to his work as a yoga teacher and political organizer, Kazim teaches at Oberlin College and has served as visiting faculty in various low-residency MFA programs including New England College, Naropa University, Stonecoast, Antioch University and Murray State University. Kazim co-founded Nightboat Books in 2004 with fellow Squaw Valley alum Jennifer Chapis.

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Joan Baranow

Joan Baranow: ('90/'91/'92/'93/'94/'99/'01/'03/'06/'08/'11):Joan Baranow, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Dominican University of California and Chair of the Department of Literature and Languages. Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, The Antioch Review, The Western Journal of Medicine, and other magazines. Her poetry has also appeared in Women Write Their Bodies: Stories of Illness and Recovery, issued by Kent State University Press. Her book of poetry, Living Apart, was published by Plain View Press. She won Individual Artists Fellowships in Poetry from the Marin Arts Council and from the Ohio Arts Council. She is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. With her husband, physician and poet David Watts, she produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine.

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Dan Bellm
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Dan Bellm (‘92/’95/’97/’03): Dan Bellm has published three books of poetry, most recently Practice (Sixteen Rivers Press), winner of a 2009 California Book Award and named one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of 2008 by the Virginia Quarterly Review. His first, One Hand on the Wheel, launched the California Poetry Series from Roundhouse Press; his second, Buried Treasure, won the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Best American Spiritual Writing, and Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry. He is also a widely published translator of poetry and fiction from Spanish and French, and has been awarded a 2013 Literature Fellowship in Translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches Literary Translation for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles and at New York University. He lives in Berkeley, California. www.danbellm.com

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Tara Betts
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Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Tara Betts: ('09): Tara Betts is the author of the book Arc & Hue, her debut collection on the Willow Books imprint of Aquarius Press. In 2010, Essence Magazine named her as one of their "40 Favorite Poets". Betts is a lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. A Cave Canem graduate, she received her MFA in Poetry from New England College. She appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jamand in the Black Family Channel series SPOKEN with Jessica Care Moore. After winning Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam. Tara’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, online and in the several anthologies including Gathering Ground (University of Michigan Press), Bum Rush the Page (Three Rivers Press), Poetry Slam (Manic D Press), Black Writing from Chicago (Southern Illinois University Press), ROLE CALL (Third World Press), These Hands I Know (Sarabande), Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism (Parker Publishing) and Letters to the World (Red Hen Press), among others. Tara has also been a freelance writer for publications including XXL, The Source, BIBR, Mosaic Magazine and Black Radio Exclusive. www.tarabetts.net

 
Michelle Bitting
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I C Rapoport

Michelle Bitting (’05): Michelle Bitting’s book Good Friday Kiss won the DeNovo First Book Award, chosen by Thomas Lux and published by C & R Press in 2008. She has poems published in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Narrative, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Passages North, diode, and others. Poems have appeared on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Recently, she was a finalist for the Poets & Writers California Exchange contest and Rona Jaffe Foundation Awards. Michelle has taught poetry in the U.C.L.A. Extension Writer’s Program and Twin Towers prison with a grant from Poets & Writers Magazine She is an active California Poet in the Schools and holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University, Oregon. www.michellebitting.com

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Laurel Ann BogenPhoto Credit:
Richard Beban

Laurel Ann Bogen ('80): Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies and Rag Tag We Kiss. From 1996 to 2002 Bogen was literary curator at the L.A. County Museum of Art, and, since 1990 has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award in 2008. Bogen was selected “Best Female Poet/ Performer” by L.A. Weekly and has read her work at Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority, MOCA and LACE. Bogen is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize and of two Academy of American Poets awards, and her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies.

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Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond ('97): Bruce Bond’s collections of poetry include Choir of the Wells: A Tetralogy (Etruscan, 2013), The Visible (LSU, 2012), Peal (Etruscan Press, 2009), Blind Rain (LSU, 2008), Cinder ( Etruscan Press, 2003), The Throats of Narcissus (University of Arkansas, 2001), Radiography (TIL Best Book of Poetry Award, BOA, 1997), The Anteroom of Paradise (Colladay Award, QRL, 1991), and Independence Days (R. Gross Award, Woodley Press, 1990). His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Raritan, New Republic, Poetry, and many other journals, and he has received numerous honors including fellowships from the NEA, Texas Commission on the Arts, and other organizations. Presently he is Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.

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Susan Browne
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Tina Humphreys

Susan Browne (‘88/’10): Susan Browne’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Mississippi Review, Subtropics, American Life in Poetry, Writer’s Almanac, and 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Everyday. Her first book, Buddha’s Dogs, won the Four Way Books Intro Prize. Her second collection, Zephyr, won the Editor’s Prize at Steel Toe Books. She teaches at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. She also teaches poetry writing workshops online. susanmariebrowne.com

 


Ewa Chrusciel
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Andrea Baccarelli

Ewa Chrusciel (‘08/’10): Ewa Chrusciel writes both in Polish and English. In 2003 Studium published her first book in Polish. Her second book in Polish: Sopilki came out in 2009. Her collection in English, Strata, which was published in the U.S. by Emergency Press in March 2011, was the winner of the 2009 international book contest. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals such as Macmillan Cancer Support Anthology, Boston Review (poet’s sampler), Colorado Review, Aufgabe, Spoon River Review, Omnidawn publishing blog, Process, Lana Turner, hot metal bridge, Mandorla, Canary, Rhino, American Letters and Commentary, Poetry Wales, Aesthetica (GB), Anthology 99 (Poland). Her translations of poetry appeared in numerous journals and two anthologies of Polish poetry in English translations: Carnivorous Boy, Carnivorous Bird and Six Polish Poets. She is a Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College. www.echrusciel.net/strata.htm

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Nicelle Davis
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John Michalski

Nicelle Davis ('08), originally from Utah, now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas is her second book. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. Her third collection, In the Circus of You, will be released by Rose Metal Press in 2014. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog and is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press and The Los Angeles Review. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. She currently teaches at Antelope Valley College.

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Shira Dentz
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Shira Dentz (’05): Shira Dentz is the author of a book of poems, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman Books), whichwas included in Poets & Writers' sixth annual feature of debut poetry books. She is also the author ofa chapbook, Leaf Weather (Tilt Press), and another full-length collection, door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), that is forthcoming. Her poems and stories have appeared in many journals including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, jubilat, and New American Writing, and have featured on NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She is a recipient of an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize.Shira first came to Squaw Valley as a fellowship student in 2007,and has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Utah. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is currently Poetry Co-Editor of Quarterly West, finishing a Ph.D. at the University of Utah, and a Fellow at the Tanner Center for the Humanities in Salt Lake City. Before leaving for Iowa City and Salt Lake City, she lived in Brooklyn, NY, and worked for many years as a graphic artist in an advertising agency and taught English as a NYC Teaching Fellow in a Brooklyn public high school.

 

 

Charles Douthat
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Ingbet Gruttner

Charles Douthat (‘04/’09): Charles Douthat’s first book of poetry, Blue for Oceans, was published by NHR Books in 2010. It won the 2011 L.L.Winship/PEN New England Award for the best book of poetry by a New England author.Charles, who started reading andwriting poems during a long mid-life illness, first came to Squaw Valley in 2004 and returned in 2009 Charles was born and raised in California and graduated from Stanford University. For the last 30 years he's lived in Connecticut where he still
practices law.. www.charlesdouthat.com.

 
Thomas Sayers Ellis
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Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Thomas Sayers Ellis ('90,'91): Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective (in Cambridge, Massachusetts); and received his M.F.A. from Brown University. He is the author of The Maverick Room (2005), which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001 and 2010), Grand Street, The Baffler, Jubilat, Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation. He is also an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A Program and a Cave Canem faculty member. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is currently working on The Go-Go Book: People in the Pocket in Washington, D.C. A new collection of poetry, Skin, Inc., has just appeared from Graywolf Press. www.tsellis.com

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Ann Fisher-Wirth

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Ann Fisher-Wirth (‘92/’00/’09): Ann Fisher-Wirth's fourth book of poems, Dream Cabinet, was published by Wings Press in 2012. Her other books of poems are Carta Marina, Five Terraces, and Blue Window, and the chapbook Slide Shows. Ann is also coeditor of the groundbreaking Ecopoetry Anthology (with introduction by Robert Hass), published by Trinity UP in 2013. Her poems have appeared widely in journals, online, and in anthologies, and have received numerous awards. She has held a senior Fulbright to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, where she directs the Environmental Studies minor; she also teaches at Southern Star Yoga Studio in Oxford, MS.
www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/pages/fisherwirth_a.html

 

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Molly Fisk
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Dorianne Laux

Molly Fisk (‘92/'95/'98/'04): National Endowment for the Arts fellow Molly Fisk is the author of two poetry collections: The More Difficult Beauty and Listening to Winter. 2013 will see the release of her volume of radio commentary, Blow-Drying a Chicken, and a self-help book for child abuse survivors: Healing Abuse, How to Create Your Own Sweet, Messy, Authentic Life. She's spoken at several TEDx events and is the Poet Laureate of radio station KVMR in Nevada City, CA. Fisk teaches widely on-line through her Poetry Boot Camp and Voice of Your Own classes, helps cancer patients heal through writing, and works with writers as a coach and body worker to dispel writer's block. www.mollyfisk.com

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Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald (‘06): Mark Fitzgerald is the author of By Way of Dust and Rain, which was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010 and was a finalist in the Elixir Press Poetry Award Series. His poetry has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Santa Clara Review, Squaw Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Temenos, Poetry Midwest, Naugatuck River Review, and elsewhere. Mark has also published nonfiction is such places as the California Literary Review, Air Transport World, Public Roads, and Outdoor America. Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, he received a B.A. in English from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from George Mason University—graduating with Phi Beta Delta honors. He has also studied in Strasbourg, France and was awarded a fellowship to pursue his writing at Oxford. Mark is a senior writer at Woodward Communications and teaches writing at the University of Maryland in College Park. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia and is currently at work on a second collection of poetry.www.mfitzgeraldspage.com

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CB Follett

CB Follett ('04/'00/'95/'93/'91): CB Follett is the author of 8 books of poems, the most recent Of Gravity and Tides (2013), and several chapbooks, most recent is Compass Points (2012). At The Turning of the Light won the 2001 National Poetry Book Award. She is Editor/Publisher of Arctos Press, was publisher and co-editor (with Susan Terris) of Runes: a Review of Poetry (2001-2008). Follett has numerous nominations for Pushcart Prizes for individual poems, as well as seven nominations as a individual poet; a Marin Arts Council Grant for Poetry; awards and honors and been widely published both nationally and internationally. Follett is Poet Laureate of Marin County, CA. (2010-2013).

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Veronica Golos
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Lenny Foster

Veronica Golos: Veronica Golos is the author of two books, Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi, and available in over 24 journals throughout the Middle East. A Bell Buried Deep was co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Edward Hirsch and is set to be re-issued by Tupelo Press in 2014. Golos’s poems are included in The Poet’s Craft, University of Michigan Press; Collecting Life, from 3: A Taos Press, 2011, and in journals in the US and internationally. Golos is Acquisitions Editor for 3:A Taos Press, and co-editor of the Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.

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Judy Halebsky
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Shinsuke Kiryu

Judy Halebsky ('06/'09/'11) : Judy Halebsky’s book of poems, Sky=Empty won the New Issues Prize, a first book award, and was also a finalist for the California Book Award. Her second collection, Tree Line, will be published by New Issues in 2014. Her chapbook, Space/Gap/Interval/Distance won the Poets-Under-Forty contest from Sixteen Rivers Press. In the summer of 2012, Judy traveled to Japan to visit places mentioned in Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior. The MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Canada Council for the Arts have supported her work. Originally, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she now lives at Ocean Beach on the outer edges of San Francisco. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Dominican University of California.

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Saskia Hamilton

Saskia Hamilton ('92/'89): Saskia Hamilton is the author of As for Dream (Graywolf, 2001) and Divide These (Graywolf, 2005), the editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell (FSG, 2005), and the co-editor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (FSG, 2008). She teaches at Barnard College in New York City.

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John Harvey
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Molly Boiling

John Harvey ('95): John Harvey has more than 100 published books to his credit. Principally known as a writer of crime fiction, the first of his Charlie Resnick novels, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century. His books have won major prizes in Great Britain, France and America, and in 2007 he was the proud recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. His most recently novel, Good Bait, was published in the US in 2013. From 1977 to 1999, he ran Slow Dancer Press, which published the work of Lucille Clifton & Sharon Olds in Britain, and has two volumes of poetry to his credit, Ghosts of a Chance (1992) and Bluer Than This (1998). A New & Selected Poems is due in 2014. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, by the University of Nottingham. http://mellotone.co.uk/

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Donna Henderson

Donna Henderson (‘88/‘89/’92/’94/’02/’09): Donna Henderson is the author of three collections of poems, including most recently The Eddy Fence, which was published in 2009 by Airlie Press, and which is currently a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in poetry. Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, performance venues and art installations, and her work has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. She is a founding member of the piano and poetry performance trio Tonepoem, and is currently collaborating on a song cycle with composer and pianist, Cassio Vianna, as well as completing a new collection of poems. A licensed clinical social worker, Donna maintains a psychotherapy practice in Monmouth, and alternates between teaching creative writing at Willamette University and counseling at Western Oregon University. She lives with her husband, Rich Sutliff, on their 20 acres south of Monmouth, where they are working to replant their wetlands in native plants, and to restore its indigenous oak savannah. Donna first participated in a SVCW summer poetry workshop in 1989, and has attended 5 times subsequently, most recently in 2009.

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Patricia
Spears Jones
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Patricia Spears Jones ('91/'92/'94): Patricia Spears Jones is the author of three poetry collections Painkiller (2010) and Femme du Monde (2006) from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills (1994) from Coffee House Press and two chapbooks Mythologizing Always and Repuestas! Her poetry is anthologized in Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days; Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry; Bowery Women: Poems; broken land: Poems of Brooklyn; Poetry After 911; Blood & Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard; Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology; Sisterfire; and Best American Poetry, 2000. She has written plays with music commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines: ‘Mother’ in 1994 and Song for New York: What Women Do When Men Sit Knitting in 2007. She edited and contributed to Think: Poems for Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Day Hat and co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Ordinary Women: Poetry by New York City Women (1978). Her poems, interviews, reviews and commentary can be found in Bomb; Tuesday; An Art Project, www.kwelijournal.com, downtown Brooklyn, Fifth Wednesday, Barrow Street, The Oxford American, The Poetry Project Newsletter, African Voices, PMS#8; Black Renaissance Noire, Court Green, Callaloo, nocturne, Agni, Black Issues Book Review, Essence, The Brooklyn Rail, The Southampton Review; TriQuarterly, Ploughshares and www.tribes.org. Has a MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She has taught at Poets House, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Cave Canem’s New York City Workshop, Parsons School of Design, Sarah Lawrence College, and summer courses at Naropa University, Pine Manor College, University of Rhode Island, and is scheduled for Manhattanville College, summer 2011. Her website is www.psjones.com.

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Marilyn Kallet

Marilyn Kallet ('96/'98/'05): Marilyn Kallet is the author of 14 books, including Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, Black Widow Press, 2009. She also translated Paul Eluard's Last Love Poems for Black Widow Press; in 2011, they will publish her translations of Surrealist poet Benjamin Péret's volume, The Big Game. In 2010, former Poet Laureate Robert Hass selected her poem "Fireflies" for American Life in Poetry (Column 280). Her children's book, Jack the Healing Cat, just came out in French from Celtic Cat Publishing (Jacques le chat guérisseur). She is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, where she also holds a Lindsay Young Professorship in English. She teaches poetry workshops for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts each May or June in Auvillar, France. She has been awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame in Poetry, in 2005. In 2000, the Knoxville YWCA named her Outstanding Woman in the Arts. Kallet directs the Young Writers' Workshop at the University of Tennessee, offering free creative writing workshops in every genre for high school students and their teachers, ongoing since 1994. www.redroom.com/author/marilyn-kallet/http://marilynkallet.com/

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Andrew Kaufman ('01/'08): Andrew Kaufman's Cinnamon Bay Sonnets won the 1996 Center for Book Arts award and was followed by Earth's Ends winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize. His most recent book, Both Sides of the Niger, was published by Spuyten Duyvil Press in 2013. He is currently completing a book of poems based on his encounters with genocide survivors and perpetrators in Rwanda and sex-slavery survivors in eastern Congo. An NEA award has made possible the Third World travel reflected in his poems. He earned his MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, his Ph. D. in English literature from the University of Toronto and has taught at a number of colleges and universities. He lives in NYC and attended SVCW in 2001 and 2008. www.andrewkaufman.wordpress.com

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Keetje Kuipers
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Betsy Dougherty

Keetje Kuipers ('05): Keetje Kuipers is a native of the Northwest. She earned her B.A. at Swarthmore College and her M.F.A. at the University of Oregon. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Oregon Literary Arts, and Soapstone. In 2007 she completed her tenure as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, which provided her with seven months of solitude in Oregon's Rogue River Valley. She used her time there to complete work on her book, Beautiful in the Mouth, which was awarded the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and was published in March 2010 by BOA Editions. It contains poems previously published in Prairie Schooner, West Branch, Willow Springs, and AGNI, among others. You can also listen to her read her work—which has been nominated five years in a row for the Pushcart Prize—at the online audio archive From the Fishouse. Keetje has taught writing at the University of Montana and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She divides her time between San Francisco and Missoula, Montana. www.keetjekuipers.com

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Danusha Lameris

Danusha Laméris (’00): Danusha’s work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, The Sun magazine and Crab Orchard Review as well as in a variety of other journals. Her poems have also appeared in the anthologies In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, and Intimate Kisses. She was a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 New Letters Prize in poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize four times. Her first book, The Moons of August, was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press poetry contest, and will be released in early 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz, California and teaches an ongoing poetry group.

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Lester Graves Lennon
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Brett Hall Jones

Lester Graves Lennon ('11/'09/'07/'05/'03/'01/'99): Lester Graves Lennon's first book of poetry, The Upward Curve of Earth and Heavens (2002), is found in more than 70 public and university libraries including the New York City Public Library, U. C. Berkeley, Harvard and Oxford. His next book, My Father Was A Poet, will be published in the spring of 2013. Mr. Lennon is an investment banker who lives with his family in the Los Angeles megalopolis where he is a member of the Los Angeles Poet Laureate Task Force. He also serves on the advisory board of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the English Department of the University of Wisconsin.

 

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Sabra Loomis
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Lynn Saville

Sabra Loomis ('89/''91/'03 ): Sabra Loomis is the author of House Held Together by Winds, Winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series Open Competition as selected by James Tate (HarperCollins, 2008). She is also the author of Rosetree and two chapbooks of poetry. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including American Poetry Review, American Voice, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Heliotrope, Lumina, Cyphers, and St. Ann's Review. Ms. Loomis has received awards from the Artists Foundation, the Yeats Society, and the British Council, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.

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Glenna Luschei ('99): Glenna Luschei has published the poetry magazines Café Solo, Solo and Solo Café for forty years. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a D.H Lawrence Fellowship in New Mexico, an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Master of Life Award from her alma mater, The University of Nebraska. She was named Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo City and County for the year 2000. For four years, she served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Luschei is the author of many chapbooks, special editions and trade books her latest being Libido Dreams, Artamo Press, 2007. Three of her artist books have received prizes from the Rounce & Coffin Best Western books from Occidental College. She has taught many years for UCLA Arts Reach, for Chaplin College at the California Men’s Colony, for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and at Atascadero State Hospital. Luschei completed her PhD studies in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Santa Barbara in December 2005.

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Sarah Maclay
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Holaday Mason
& DH Dowling

Sarah Maclay ('97/'07): Sarah Maclay was named one of “Five American Poets to Watch in 2013” by the Huffington Post. The author of Music for the Black Room, The White Bride and Whore (Tampa Review Prize for Poetry), her work has appeared in APR, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Writer’s Chronicle, Poetry Daily, VerseDaily, The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present, and Poetry International, where she serves as Book Review Editor, and in many other journals. The recipient of a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXI, she teaches at LMU and conducts workshops at The Ruskin Art Club and Beyond Baroque.

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Fred Marchant
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Stefi Rubin

Fred Marchant (’92): Marchant’s most recent book of poetry, The Looking House (Graywolf Press, 2009) was named by Barnes and Noble Review as one of the five best books of poetry in 2009, and The San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the ten best. Marchant is also the author of Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize in poetry, and Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000). A new and selected volume, House on Water, House in Air, was published by Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland, in 2002. He poems and reviews have appeared in such journals as AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Salamander. Marchant has co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) From a Corner of My Yard, poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa, published in 2006, in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. He is also the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008. Professor of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Suffolk University in Boston, he has taught workshops at various sites across the country. In 2009 Marchant was co-winner of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.”

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Diane Kirsten Martin
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John F. Martin

Diane Kirsten Martin (‘88/’92/’94/’02): Diane Kirsten Martin’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Field, New England Review, Poetry Daily, ZYZZYVA, Harvard Review, and Narrative, among others. She was awarded second place in the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize competition, judged by B.H. Fairchild, in 2004, and was included in Best New Poets 2005. She has received a Pushcart Special Mention and won the Erskine J. Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace. Her first collection, Conjugated Visits, was published in May 2010 by Dream Horse Press.
www.13ways.org/poets/Diane/diane.html
www.dianekmartin.blogspot.com/

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Beverly Matherne

Beverly Matherne ('94): Beverly Matherne is the author of Bayou des Acadiens / Blind River, prose poetry and short short fiction forthcoming from Les Éditions Perce-Neige (2013), preceded by Lamothe-Cadillac, linked prose poetry set in southern France, from Éditions Tintamarres (2009). She has won seven first-place poetry awards, including the Hackney Literary Award for Poetry. Her publications appear in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Metamorphoses, and Verse, and in anthologies from Beacon Press, Louisiana State University Press, and New Rivers Press. She has done over 260 readings across the US and Canada, and in Wales, Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain—from Cody’s Books of Berkeley to Shakespeare and Company in Paris, from Tulane University to Cornell University, on NPR and Radio Canada International, and at the United Nations. Her bilinigual writing, as well as that of Samuel Beckett and others, is the subject of a completed dissertation from the University of Paris III. On the creative writing faculty at Northern Michigan University, she is poetry editor of Passages North literary magazine.

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Sara Michas-Martin

Sara Michas-Martin writes, teaches and occasionally designs. Her book Gray Matter (Fordham University Press) was chosen by Susan Wheeler for the 2013 Poets Out Loud Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, CURA, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and has also taught creative writing and interdisciplinary studies at Goddard College, University of Michigan, and continues to teach courses for Stanford's Online Writer's Studio. Other awards include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, a creative nonfiction grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, residency fellowships from the Hall Farm Center and the Vermont Studio Center, and scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Community of Writers' Conferences.

11/14

Norman Minnick
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Janice Applegate

Norman Minnick (’06): Norman Minnick’s collection of poems, To Taste the Water, (Mid-List Press, 2007) won the First Series Award. He is the editor of Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press, 2010). He has been a featured reader at Poets House, RopeWalk, Block Island Poetry Project, Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, and various universities and other venues. His recent poems appear inThe Oxford American, 5 AM, Poetry East, Notre Dame Review,Zone 3,Pilgrimage, and Isotope. He has essays in The Writer’s Chronicle and The Worcester Review. He teaches writing at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
http://www.normanminnick.com

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Rusty Morrison
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William Bagnell

Rusty Morrison (‘95/’96): Rusty Morrison's After Urgency won Tupelo’s Dorset Prize (forthcoming in 2012). Her book the true keeps calm biding its story won Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award, the Northern California Book Award, Ahsahta’s Sawtooth Prize, and the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Awards from Poetry Society of America for a manuscript-in-progress. Whethering, won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her chapbook, The Book of the Given, will be published by Noemi Press this year. She has received the George Bogin, Cecil Hemley, and Robert H. Winner Memorial Awards from Poetry Society of America. Morrison has also won the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry from Cutbank, the University of Montana's literary magazine. Her poems have been published in periodicals including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Lana Turner, New American Writing, Pleiades, Verse, VOLT.Her critical writings &/or her creative nonfictions have been published in journals includingChicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Flash, Verse, and in the anthologyOne Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe(Sarabande 2010).She is Omnidawn’s co-publisher (www.omnidawn.com).

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Berwyn Moore

Berwyn Moore ('90/'92): Berwyn Moore is the author of two poetry collections, O Body Swayed and Dissolution of Ghosts, which was runner-up for the Lyre Prize. She is editor of the anthology Dwelling in Possibility: Voices of Erie County. She served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Erie County, PA, from 2009 to 2010. Her work has won awards from the Bellevue Literary Review, The Pinch, Margie, and Negative Capability and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod, JAMA, Kansas Quarterly, Runes, Cimarron Review, and other journals and has been posted on The Best American Poetry and An American Life in Poetry web sites. She is a professor of English at Gannon University in Erie, PA.

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Richard O. Moore
Photo Credit: Phil Greene

Richard O. Moore ('96/'97: Richard Moore, a documentary filmmaker for public television, was one of the founders of KPFA—the first publicly supported radio station in the United States. He was born in Alliance, Ohio, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied poetry with Josephine Miles. He was associated with the San Francisco Renaissance and frequented Kenneth Rexroth’s Friday meetings for poets, philosophers, and poetry aficionados. During World War II, Moore was classified 4-F and counseled conscientious objectors. He wrote poetry for decades but shared little of it until poet Brenda Hillman encouraged him to publish. In 2010, Hillman and Paul Ebenkamp edited Moore’s book Writing the Silences, a collection representing more than 60 years of his work. Moore’s early exposures to Miles’s teachings, Rexroth’s poetry, and philosophers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein all influenced his writing. Hillman, in her foreword to Writing the Silences, explains that “Moore developed a signature style of poetry: open, spare verse that foregrounds philosophical inquiry.” Writing the Silences was a Northern California Book Award nominee. Moore lives at The Redwoods in northern California, where he and other like-minded residents of the retirement community have protested the war in Iraq once a week.

2/13

Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers ('94): Linda Joy Myers is the President and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, Instructor at Writers Digest, past president of the California Writers Club, Marin branch, and past Vice President of the Women’s National Book Association. Linda is the author of three books: The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, published by Jossey Bass; Becoming Whole, a finalist in the ForeWord magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Award, and the award winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, which won the BAIPA Gold Medal prize. Linda has won prizes for her fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and for memoir writing First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest. Linda’s next book is Truth or Lie: on the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction. She gives workshops nationally, and helps people develop their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops. www.namw.org. Her blog is www.memoriesandmemoirs.com

3/11


Collier Nogues

Collier Nogues (’06): Collier Nogues grew up in Texas and Okinawa, and has since lived in New York, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest. She has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and Fishtrap, Inc., in Enterprise, Oregon. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, and teaches at the University of California, Irvine, and Laguna College of Art and Design.Four Way Books Press, has published her book, On the Other Side, Blue.

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Kathleen O'Toole
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Christian D. Meade

Kathleen O'Toole ('99): Kathleen O’Toole is the author of the collections Meanwhile (David Robert Brooks, 2011) and Practice (Finishing Line Press, 2005). She has combined a more than thirty-year professional life in community organizing with teaching and writing. In 1991 she received an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and has taught writing at Hopkins and at the Maryland Institute College of Art. her poems have appeared in regional and national journals and magazines, including America, Christian Century, Little Patuxent Review, Margie, Natural Bridge, New Millennium Writings, Poetry, Poetry East, Potomac Review and Prairie Schooner. Find her on line in Beltway and Delaware Review. Anthologies in which her work has appeared include DC Poets Against the War and Inspired Results: Poets and Artists of Takoma Park, MD. www.kathleenotoolepoetry.com

 

2/13

Melinda Palacio
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Nell Campbell

Melinda Palacio('09): Melinda Palacio is a poet, author, and speaker. She lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. Her poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place 2009 award. She is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press 2011), for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her first full-length poetry collection, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, (Tia Chucha Press 2012) was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award, the Patterson Prize, and received First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 ILBA. www.melindapalacio.com

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Ruben Quesada, PhD ('07), is the author of Next Extinct Mammal (2011), and Exiled from the Throne of Night, Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda (2008). Quesada is founding editor of Codex Journal, poetry editor at The Cossack Review, and co-founder of Stories & Queer. His poems and writing have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The American Poetry Review, The California Journal of Poetics, Guernica, Cimarron Review, Southern California Review, Third Coast, and Rattle. Ruben is an Assistant Professor of Writing and humanities at Eastern Illinois University. He lives in Champaign, IL and is currently at work on DARK MARK: Born-Digital Poems, a translated collection of poetry by Luis Cernuda, and a multimedia collection of stories about his mother's emigration from Costa Rica to Los Angeles. rubenquesada.com

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Elizabeth Percer
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Misti Layne

Elizabeth Percer ('06): Elizabeth Percer is a poet and novelist, who has has twice been honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. Her first novel, An Uncommon Education, was published by HarperCollins in 2012 and was on Oprah's Best Books of Summer 2012 list and Amazon's Top Ten Novels of the Month, 2012. Her second novel, All Stories Are Love Stories, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2014. She lives in Redwood City, CA with her husband and three children.

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Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
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Rod Rolle

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (97/'94): Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is poet, playwright, an environmental educator and a peace activist. Her books include Common Ancestry (Millie Grazie Press, 1999) and Black Street, (Center for Black Studies Research – 2009). Her poems have appeared in the publications California Quarterly, Coffee Press, Squaw Review and others, and in the following anthologies: The Geography of Home (Heyday Books, 1999), Rivertalk 2000, Poetry Zone I, II & III, The Poetry of Peace (Capra Press) and, A Crow Black as the Sun (Green Poet Press, 2011). Her play, “The Receptionist” was produced at Center Stage Theater (2008) and California Lutheran University (2010) . She has engaged young poets through her "Song of Place. Poetry Project" and her work with City At Peace, Speak for the Creeks, the Annual Young Writers Poetry Contes. Her book of poems for young people, The Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella is forthcoming as an e-book from Lucky Penny Press (2013) and she hosts a monthly poetry event, The Poetry Zone, in Santa Barbara.

3/13

Renato Rosaldo

Renato Rosaldo ('00, '02, '07): An internationally known cultural anthropologist, Renato Rosaldo started writing poetry in English and Spanish while recovering from a stroke in 1996. His first book of poetry, Spanish-English, facing pages, Prayer to Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña, won the American Book Award, 2004. His second book, Diego Luna's Insider Tips (2012), won the Many Mountains Moving poetry book manuscript prize selected by Martin Espada. Individual poems have won the El Andar contest (2000) and the Many Mountains Moving contest (2005). He is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at New York University and Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences Emeritus at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author of Culture and Truth and Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974, Rosaldo found "bridges" between anthropology and poetry and coined a Spanish term, antropoesía, to describe the way he can move back and forth between the two modes of writing.

2/13

Mira Rosenthal
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Jamie Borland

Mira Rosenthal ('00): Mira Rosenthal is the author of the poetry collection The Local World, which won the Wick Poetry Prize. Among her awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN American Center, the MacDowell Colony, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry. While on a Fulbright Fellowship to Poland, she discovered her passion for translating contemporary Polish poetry. Her translations include Colonies and The Forgotten Keys, both by Tomasz Rozycki. Her poems, translations, and essays have been published in many literary journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Slate, A Public Space, and Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets.

6/13

Elizabeth Rosner
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Julia McNeal

Elizabeth Rosner ('99) is a novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley, California. Her third novel, Electric City, and her full-length poetry collection, Gravity, were both published in October 2014. Her first novel, The Speed of Light, was translated into nine languages. Short-listed for the Prix Femina, the book won prizes in the US and Europe, including the Prix France Bleu Gironde; the Great Lakes Colleges Award; and Hadassah's Ribalow Prize. The Speed of Light was optioned by actress Gillian Anderson for her directorial debut. Blue Nude, Rosner’s second novel, was named among the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her essays have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, and several anthologies. She reviews books for the SF Chronicle and the LA Review of Books. www.elizabethrosner.com

11/14

Marjorie Saiser

Marjorie Saiser (’00): Marjorie Saiser’s Losing the Ring in the River (University of New Mexico Press, 2013), a novei in poems, deals with three generations of women who search in their own unpolished ways for connection to and freedom from mates and children. www.poetmarge.com.

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Anne Shaw

Anne Shaw ('10): Anne Shaw is the author of Undertow, winner of the 2007 Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, and of the forthcoming Dido in Winter (Persea, 2013). Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Harvard Review, New American Writing, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She has also been featured on Poetry Daily and From the Fishouse. She is also a visual artist, currently studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.anneshaw.org

2/13

Kent Shaw

Kent Shaw ('04): Kent Shaw's book Calenture won the Tampa Review Prize and was published by University of Tampa Press in 2008. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Missouri Review, AGNI, Denver Quarterly and elsewhere. He is currently finishing a PhD with the Creative Writing Program at University of Houston. For the past five years, he has worked as a writer with Writers in the Schools and this year is teaching with an after school program at Project Row Houses. www.lotsandlotsofneat.typepad.com

 

2/13

Evie Shockley
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Brett Hall Jones

Evie Shockley ('99): Evie Shockley is a poet and literary scholar. Her poetry collections include, most recently, the new black (Wesleyan), as well as a half-red sea and two chapbooks. She has also published a book of criticism, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa). From 2007-2011, she co-edited jubilat; she currently serves as Contributing Editor for Evening Will Come (the poetics feature of The Volta blog) and Lemon Hound. Her honors include the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize; fellowships from ACLS and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and residencies from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she teaches African American literature and creative writing. www.redroom.com/member/evie-shockley

2/13


Scot Siegel
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Dennis Schmidling

Scot Siegel (’07):His most recent book of poems is Thousands Flee California Wildflowers (County Clare, Ireland: Salmon Poetry 2012). His other volumes include Some Weather and two chapbooks, Untitled Country and Skeleton Says. Honors include a Playa Fellowship-Residency, Honorable Mention in Nimrod International's Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Contest (Philip Levine, Judge), finalist in Aesthetica Magazine's (UK) Creative Works Contest, and Oregon State Library-Poetry Northwest "150 Outstanding Oregon Poetry Books," among others. More information is available at www.pw.org/content/scot_siegel

2/13

Kevin Simmonds (’10): Kevin Simmonds is a poet, composer, musician and performer. His books include the poetry collection Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry, 2011), Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof, the edited edition of the late Carrie Allen McCray's final work of poetry (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), and the poetry anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011). Kevin received a Fulbright fellowship to Singapore where he started the first-ever poetry workshop in Changi Prison. He has published poems, essays and reviews in American Scholar, FIELD, jubilat, Kyoto Journal, Massachusetts Review, Poetry, Rhino and Salt Hill, and in the anthologies Beyond the Frontier, Gathering Ground, The Ringing Ear, To Be Left with the Body and War Diaries. www.kevinsimmonds.com

6/11
Melissa Stein
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John F. Martin

Melissa Stein (’99): Melissa Stein's poetry collection Rough Honey won the 2010 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty, and was published by American Poetry Review in association with Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2009, Harvard Review, North American Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received residency fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Foundation, and her work has won awards from Spoon River Poetry Review, Literal Latte, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, among others. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis, and is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.http://melissastein.com

2/13

Barbara Buckman Strasko
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Mark DiFeliciantonio

Barbara Buckman Strasko ('10): Barbara Buckman Strasko is the author of the collection of poetry Graffiti in Braille (Word Press, 2012). Strasko was the first Poet Laureate of Lancaster County and the 2009 River of Words Teacher of the Year. Her poem “Bricks and Mortar ‘ was selected to be engraved in granite and bronze in the main square of her city in Lancaster PA.
www.word-press.com/strasko.html

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Judith Taylor
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Judith Taylor

Judith Taylor (’93): Judith Taylor's newest book, Sex Libris, will be published by What Books Press in 2013. She’s the author of two previous poetry collections, Curios and Selected Dreams from the Animal Kingdom, and a chapbook, Burning. Taylor is the co-editor of Air Fare: Stories, Poems and Essays on Flying. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Currently, she teaches private classes, travels, takes photographs, and co-edits the online poetry journal POOL. www.judithtaylorpoet.com

3/13

Francine Marie Tolf

Francine Marie Tolf ('02): Francine Marie Tolf's memoir, Joliet Girl, and her first full-length collection of poems, Rain, Lilies, Luck, were published by North Star Press of St. Cloud in 2010. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Water~Stone, Rattle, New Letters, Margie and Southern Humanities Review. Francine received a Squaw Valley poetry fellowship in 2002 and has since received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Barbara Deming / Money for Women Foundation, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She was a nonfiction winner in the 2006-07 Loft Mentor Series contest and has twice been awarded Honorable Mention in the Pablo Neruda Poetry Contest. Francine is the author of three poetry chapbooks (two from Pudding House and one from Plan B). Sample her work at www.francinemarietolf.com.

 

2/11

Sally Van Doren
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Sarah Carmody

Sally Van Doren ('01/'03/'06): Sally Van Doren is the author of two poetry collections, Possessive (Louisiana State University Press 2012) and Sex at Noon Taxes, (LSU 2008) which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poem, “Preposition,” is featured as an animated film in the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere. Excerpts from her epic poem, “The Sense Series” served as the text for a multi-media performance at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. A graduate of Princeton University (BA) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (MFA), she is a curator for the St. Louis Poetry Center and has taught creative writing at Washington University and in the St. Louis Public Schools. She lives in St. Louis and New York City. www.sallyvandoren.com

 

2/13

David Watts

David Watts ('90,'91'92'93,'97,'99,'02,'04): David Watts has won the Talent House Press award, The Francis Lock Prize for the most imaginative poem, and placed second in the Sunken Garden poetry prize. Two
books and five chapbooks of his poetry are published, two CD’s of word-jazz, two collections of short stories (Random House and U. Iowa Press) and two anthologies on the subject of literature and healing (U. California Press). Three essays published in The NEJM, The Examined Life and California Medicine, focus on writing and medicine. He has created a Squaw-style summer workshop, hosted by SVCW, then by Sarah Lawrence College and Dominican University. Under the name of his alter ego, harvey ellis, three volumes of poems have been published and another is on its way, translated into Farsi. He is currently translating the Persian poet, Jahangir Sedaghatfar and he was Executive Producer (along with Joan Baranow) of the PBS Documentary,
Healing Words: Poetry and Medicine, which aired during 2008-9.

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Sholeh Wolpé
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Ken Pivak

Sholeh Wolpé ('04): Sholeh Wolpé's books include Keeping Time With Blue Hyacinths (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2013), Rooftops of Tehran (Red Hen, 2008), The Scar Saloon (Red Hen, 2004); an award-winning book of translations, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2007); a full co-translation of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself into Persian; The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its exiles (Michigan State University Press, 2012), and Breaking The Jaws of Silence -- Sixty American Poets Speak to the World (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2013). Sholeh is a regional editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (WW Norton). She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Los Angeles. www.sholehwolpe.com

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Bill Yake
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Jeannette Barreca

Bill Yake (’95): For years Bill Yake directed investigations into the toxic contamination of water, fish, and sediment for the Washington State Department of Ecology while writing poetry on the sly. Now his hidden life and perceptions have been revealed in two collections of poetry; This Old Riddle: Cormorants and Rain (2003) and Unfurl, Kite, and Veer (2010) both from Radiolarian Press, Astoria OR. His poems have been published widely in magazines and anthologies serving the environmental and literary communities – from Wilderness Magazine to Anthropology and Humanism, from Open Spaces Quarterly to Fine Madness, from Rattle to ISLE – Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. Recently two of his tree-inspired poems were featured in Between Earth and Sky, a book by the instigator of forest canopy research, Nalini Nadkarni. Bill’s poetry has also won the Alligator Juniper Award (2003) and the James M. Snydal Prize (2004), and his poem “The Lowly, Exalted” was featured in an exhibition celebrating invertebrates in art.

 

Gary Young
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Jim MacKenzie

Gary Young (’74): Gary Young is a poet and artist whose honors include grants from the NEH, the California Arts Council, and two fellowship grants from the NEA. He’s received a Pushcart Prize, and his book, The Dream of a Moral Life, won the James D. Phelan Award. He is the author of Hands, Days, Braver Deeds, (Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize), No Other Life, (William Carlos Williams Award), Pleasure, and Even So: New and Selected Poems. His print work is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Getty Center for the Arts. In 2009 he received the Shelley Memorial Award from the PSA. He teaches creative writing, and directs the Cowell Press at UC Santa Cruz.

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Joe Zaccardi
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Margaretta K. Mitchell

Joseph Zaccardi (’06,'07): Born in Newark, New Jersey, poetry came late to Joseph Zaccardi at the age of thirteen. His publications include Vents (Pancake Press 2005), Render (Poetic Matrix Press 2009), and The Nine Gradations of Light (Bark for Me Publications 2013). In 2003 he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council. He was editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology from 2010 through 2012. He was appointed poet Laureate of Marin County, CA in 2013 for a two-year term. Since 1987 he has lived in Fairfax, tossing seeds from an imaginary apple tree. He attended the Squaw Valley poetry workshop in 2006 & 2010.

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