Philip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams is the author of Thief in the Interior, winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award, and finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature (Poetry) and a Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle. He received a 2017 Whiting Award, 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop fellowship. Phillip is the co-editor in chief of the online journal Vinyl. He currently teaches literature and creative writing at Bennington College.

Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is the author of three books of poetry—semiautomatic, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry; the new black, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and a half-red sea—as well as a critical monograph, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Specializing in 20th-century African American literature, contemporary poetry and poetics, and black studies, she is a professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum, So Much Synth, and Our Andromeda, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award.  Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, The New York Times, The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. Recent collaborative projects include writing a libretto for a Mass commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street for composer Paola Prestini, and a poem-essay for the exhibition catalog for Toba Khedoori’s solo retrospective show at LACMA.  A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark. She lives in Verona NJ with her family.

Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle is the author of My Private Property, Trances of the Blast, Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism), and Selected Poems, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!; she is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and published in A Little White Shadow. Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Robert Creeley Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.

Sam Ross

Sam Ross‘s poems have appeared in Tin House, New Republic, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Guernica, and other journals. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Columbia University, where he earned his M.F.A. His book Company was selected by Carl Phillips for the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry and was published in 2019. He lives in Brooklyn.