Debra Bruce’s third book, What Wind Will Do, was published by Miami University Press of Ohio, and she’s had work in The Atlantic, The Formalist, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals.  She has been the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Illinois Arts Council, The Poetry Society of America, and Poetry magazine.  She is a professor of English at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Visit Debra Bruce's website.

Rhina P. Espaillat has published three chapbooks and five full-length poetry collections, most recently The Story-teller's Hour (Scienter Press, 2004), The Shadow I Dress In (David Robert Books, 2004), and Playing at Stillness (Truman State University Press, 2005).

Margaret Rockwell Finch has been composing poetry since 1925 and published her first book, Davy's Lake, in 1996. Her poetry has won a Poetry Society of America members award and been published in The Saturday Review, CS Monitor, Passager, etc., and in anthologies including The Poets' Grimm. She is co-editor of the anthology Coming Home Twice (2005).

Julia Guernsey-Shaw is an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, with specializations in 17th-century poetry, Milton, and the Bible as literature. She received her M.F.A. in poetry writing from the University of Arkansas in 1989 and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas in 1996. She is the author of The Pulse of Praise: Form as a Second Self in the Poetry of George Herbert (University of Delaware Press, 2000).

Julie Kane teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Her second full-length poetry collection, Rhythm & Booze (University of Illinois Press, 2003) was selected by Maxine Kumin as a winner in the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the 2005 Poets’ Prize.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Verse Daily, Feminist Studies, Light Quarterly, and The Formalist, as well as in various anthologies.  Recent honors include a Fulbright Scholarship in creative writing and a Pushcart Prize nomination.

Kate Light's books of poetry are Gravity's Dream (2006 Donald Justice Award), Open Slowly (2003), and The Laws of Falling Bodies (1997 Nicholas Roerich Prize). Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Hudson Review, Washington Post Book World, Feminist Studies, and the anthologies Good Poems for Hard Times (edited by Garrison Keillor), Western Wind, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. Also the author of two family concert pieces, Oceanophony (2003) and Einstein's Mozart: Two Geniuses (2006), she has taught at Hunter College, Cornell University, and the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and is a professional violinist in New York City. Visit Kate Light's website.

Diane Lockward’s collection, Eve’s Red Dress, was published by Wind Publications in 2003. A second collection, What Feeds Us, is forthcoming from Wind in 2006. Recent work appears in Poet Lore, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner, as well as in the anthologies Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Hard Times. Diane works as a poet-in-the schools for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Visit Diane Lockward's website.

Judith Moffett has published ten books in five genres, including two volumes of original poetry, Keeping Time and Whinny Moor Crossing, and two of Swedish poetry in translation.   Her work has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Literary Imagination, in many other periodicals, and in numerous anthologies. She was awarded an NEA Fellowship Grant in poetry and an NEH Translation Grant, as well as grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation among others, in support of her poetry and translating. She taught creative writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and for many years at the University of Pennsylvania.  She now divides her time between Swarthmore PA and her farm in Kentucky.

A native of Los Angeles, Leslie Monsour has poems, translations, and reviews in numerous journals and anthologies, including:  Poetry, The Formalist, The Dark Horse, Able Muse, The Edge City Review, Pivot, Iambs & Trochees, Measure, A Formal Feeling Comes, California Poetry From the Gold Rush to the Present, the Poet Laureate's website, American Life in Poetry, as well as Garrison Keillor's Public Radio website, The Writer's Almanac. She has published four chapbooks, most recently, Travel Plan (Robert L. Barth, 2001) and Indelibility (Aralia Press, 1999).  Her first full-length collection, The Alarming Beauty of the Sky, was published in 2005 by Red Hen Press.

Jennifer Reeser is the author of two collections published by Word Press. Her poems, translations and articles have appeared in Poetry, Botteghe Oscure, The National Review and The Formalist, among other publications. She is assistant editor to Iambs & Trochees, and lives in southern Louisiana.  Visit Jennifer Reeser's website.

Meg Schoerke is the author of Anatomical Venus (Word Press 2004). With Dana Gioia and David Mason, she co-edited Twentieth Century American Poetry and Twentieth Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry (McGraw-Hill 2003). An Associate Professor of English at San Francisco State University, she teaches courses on 19th and 20th century poetry.

Marilyn Taylor’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The American Scholar, The Formalist, Evansville Review, and many other journals. Her work won first place in recent competitions sponsored by Dogwood, Passager, The Ledge,and GSU Review, and she has received three Pushcart nominations. Her second full-length collection, titled Subject to Change (David Robert Books, 2004), was nominated for the Poets Prize. Marilyn is a Contributing Editor for The Writer magazine, where her articles on poetic craft appear regularly. She has taught for many years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and served as Poet Laureate of Milwaukee in 2004/05. Visit Marilyn Taylor’s website.

Patricia Valdata writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her poetry chapbook, Looking for Bivalve, was published by Pecan Grove Press, and her novel, Crosswind, was published by Wind Canyon Publishing.

Jo Yarrington is a professor of studio art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Her drawings, photographs and installations have been shown in exhibitions at Artist Space, Exit Art, Broadway Windows, St. John the Divine Cathedral, Museum of Catholic Art and Rotunda Gallery, NY; De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA; Fleisher Art Memorial, PA; I Space, IL; and Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and William Benton Museum of Art, CT.  International exhibitions have included Galeria Sala Uno, Rome, Italy; Centro de las Artes de Guanajuato, Salamaca, Mexico; Christuskirche, Cologne, Germany, and Glascow Cathedral, Glascow, Scotland.  Recent articles include Glass Magazine and World Sculpture News.  She is a recipient of fellowships from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Brandywine Institute, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.  In 2001, she was one of four artists representing the United States at the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates.  She lives and works in Norwalk, CT. Visit Joy Yarrington's website.

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