Doug Anderson‘s first book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and his second, Blues for Unemployed Secret Police a grant from the Academy of American Poets. His memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties and a Journey of Self-Discovery, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009. He has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book of poems is Horse Medicine. He has taught in the MFA programs at the Pacific University of Oregon and Bennington College, and the English Departments of Smith College and the University of Massachusetts.
Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author of a memoir and two books of poetry. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was awarded the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. His books of poetry are Shahid Reads His Own Palm and Bastards of the Reagan Era. Betts is a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow, 2011 Radcliffe Fellow, and 2012 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. In 2012, Betts was appointed to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by President Obama. He is a graduate of Prince George’s Community College, the University of Maryland, the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, and is currently a law student at Yale.
Partridge Boswell’s first book of poems, Some Far Country, received the 2013 Grolier Discovery Award. His work has recently surfaced in Smartish Pace, The Gettysburg Review, The American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Poetry East, and on Vermont Public Radio. Co-founder of Bookstock Literary Lestival and the poetry/music group Los Lorcas Trio, he lives with his family in Vermont.
Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). His many honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and will be issued in a new edition by Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Jorie Graham was born in New York City, the daughter of a journalist and a sculptor. She was raised in Rome, Italy and educated in French schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris before attending New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied filmmaking. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently From the New World, Sea Change, Never, Swarm, and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Graham has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language and The Best American Poetry 1990. Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003
David Huddle is originally from Ivanhoe, Virginia, but taught for thirty-eight years at the University of Vermont, then served three years as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. He now teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English, the Ranier Writing Workshop, and the Sewanee School of Letters. Huddle’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Esquire, Harper’s, The Georgia Review, and in many other publications. His novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the 2012 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the 2013 PEN New England Award for Poetry.
Yusef Komunyakaa won the Pulitzer Prize his book, Neon Vernacular and the $50,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Komunyakaa is the recipient of the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His other honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1999. He has taught at University of New Orleans, Indiana University, as a professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world. The author of over fifteen collections of poetry, he teaches at New York University’s graduate creative writing program.
Joy Ladin is the author of eight books of poetry, Impersonation, The Definition of Joy, Coming to Life, Psalms, Transmigration, The Book of Anna, and Alternatives To History, as well as a critical study, Soldering the Abyss: Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry. Joy was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award. She is a professor of English and holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University and is the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her memoir of transition, Through the Door of Life, was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award.
Rose Lucas is a poet from Melbourne, Australia. Her collection Even in the Dark, won the Mary Gilmore Prize in 2014; her most recent collection, Unexpected Clearing (University of West Australia Publishing) was published in March this year. She is also an academic at Victoria University, Australia, and spent a fruitful sabbatical at Marlboro College in 2008.
Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century(Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. Marvin teaches poetry writing inLesley University’s Low-Residency M.F.A. Program and is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, her third book of poems, Oracle, was released from W.W. Norton & Co. in March 2015. During the academic year of 2016 – 2017, she will serve as a Visiting Professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine
Tim Mayo is the author of a new collection of poetry, Thesaurus of Separation, and is the author of The Kingdom of Possibilities, a finalist for the May Swenson Award. He has been nominated for six Pushcart Prizes and chosen as a top finalist for the Paumanok Award. The recipient of an ALB from Harvard University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Mayo lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has also received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, PANK, Poet Lore, and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His six books of poetry include New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015 and The Art of Subtraction. He has written eight novels, including Benjamin’s Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station – the latter was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer and translated into over thirty languages. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, Jesus, and Gore Vidal. His nonfiction works include The Art of Teaching, Why Poetry Matters and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. He writes for various publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He often contributes op-ed pieces to CNN, The Daily Beast, and other websites. Film adaptations of Benjamin’s Crossing and his Gore Vidal biography are currently underway.
Lia Purpura is the author of 8 collections of essays, poems, and translations. Her awards include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, and three Pushcart prizes. On Looking (essays) was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, Field and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, MD and is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It Shouldn’t Have been Beautiful, her new collection of poems, has recently been published by Viking/Penguin.
Lawrence Raab is the author of eight collections of poems, including The History of Forgetting (Penguin, 2009), A Cup of Water Turns into a Rose (Adastra Press, 2012), and Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts (Tupelo, 2015), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and named as one of the ten best poetry books of 2015 by The New York Times. He teaches literature and writing at Williams College.
Camille Rankine’s first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, is was published in January by Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in American Poet, Atlas Review, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, A Public Space, Narrative, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a fellowship from The MacDowell Colony, was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012, and was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2014. She is the assistant director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.
Hilltop Montessori School presents a poetry reading by Kate Farrell.
Kate Farrell is the author of seven books. Two of them were co-written with the poet Kenneth Koch, including Sleeping on the Wing: An Anthology of Modern Poetry with Essays on Reading and Writing, a poetry handbook widely used in high school and college classrooms. Farrell has taught writing at Columbia University and with the NY State Poets in the schools program, and she acted for a decade with the New York Art Theater Institute. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Hudson Review, Harvard Review and Partisan Review—and her work was chosen for three editions of Best Spiritual Writing. Her book of poems Visiting Night at the Academy of Longing was published by Lavender Ink in January 2016.