Melissa Balmain has poems in Light Quarterly, The Formalist, Measure, Cadenza, and other journals, and in anthologies including Kiss & Part. She was a finalist for the 2005 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her essays, articles, and humor pieces have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Details, and elsewhere. She is the author of Just Us: Adventures and Travels of a Mother and Daughter (Faber and Faber), and has taught writing at Yale University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a contributing editor and humor columnist for Parenting and Babytalk magazines.

Lorna Knowles Blake's poems, essays and reviews have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, The Bellingham Review, Dogwood, The Hudson Review and other journals, as well as in several anthologies, including Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English, edited by Agha Shahid Ali, Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets, edited by William Baer, and Chance of a Ghost: an Anthology of Contemporary Ghost Poems, edited by Philip Miller and Gloria Vando. She lives and works in New York City.

Thérèse Chabot has been teaching in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, since 1983. She has done research on formal Renaissance gardens in France and on the sacred rites around the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, as well as on the fiestas surrounding the religious calendar. Her installations and performances have been shown in solo exhibitions in Quebec, Canada, the United States, and abroad in France, Scotland, Italy, Germany, and Mexico. In May 2003, she was selected as one of the new members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. The recipient of several grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec (CALC), she lives and works in Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Quebec.

Catherine Chandler's poems and translations have appeared in The Lyric, Iambs & Trochees, First Things, The Barefoot Muse, and Candelabrum. Her poems will soon be published in two anthologies, one a collection of centos edited by Prof. Theresa Welford, the other The Book of Hopes and Dreams, an anthology published in the U.K. for the benefit of Spirit Aid. Her poem "66" has just received a Pushcart Prize nomination for 2007.

Jehanne Dubrow was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review, Measure, The New England Review, and Poetry Northwest.

Moira Egan’s first book, Cleave (WWPH, 2004), was nominated for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Passages North, Poems & Plays, POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Smartish Pace, and West Branch, and in the anthologies Kindled Terrace; Lofty Dogma; Sex & Chocolate; and Discovering Genre: Poetry. Work has appeared in translation in Nuovi Argomenti (Italy) and her poems have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Work from her most recent chapbook, Bar Napkin Sonnets, won the Baltimore City Paper Poetry Contest (2005).

Anna Evans is a British citizen but permanent resident of New Jersey, where she is raising two daughters. Her poems have appeared in The Formalist, The Evansville Review, Measure, and e-zines such as Verse Libre Quarterly. She has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the 2005 Howard Nemerov sonnet award. Editor of the formal poetry e-zine The Barefoot Muse, she saw her first chapbook Swimming published in March 2006 by Powerscore Press.

Midge Goldberg's first book of poetry, Flume Ride, was published in 2006 by David Robert Books. Her poetry has appeared in Dogwood, The Atlanta Review, Measure, Rattapallax, and other journals. She is a software designer and teaches poetry at Chester College of New England. She lives in Derry, New Hampshire. Visit Midge Goldberg's website.

Dolores Hayden's collection, American Yard, was runner-up for the Margaret Motton book award from the New England Poetry Club in 2005. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Southwest Review, Slate, Margin, and many other journals and anthologies. Her most recent non-fiction is A Field Guide to Sprawl, a "devil's dictionary" of bad building patterns. She is a professor at Yale, currently on leave at Stanford.

An Australian Anzac Day winning poet as well as co-editor of the award-winning Undertow, Juleigh Howard-Hobson had work displayed at the Edinburgh Festival of the Arts, and has had poetry in The Raintown Review, The Willamette Writer, and Aesthetica Magazine. English-born, she has lived in the UK, Australia, as well as both sides of the US, and now resides in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her artist-blacksmith husband and three homeschooled children.

Julia Hutton Randall is a journalist and award-winning public radio producer who has worked for many years on the air and in administration for National Public Radio stations and Pacifica stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

A native of the South, Luann Landon graduated from Radcliffe and lived for several years in France. She has published poetry in Cumberland Poetry Review, The Tennessee Quarterly, The Edge City Review, Dogwood, and Sewanee Theological Review, and has received several awards in The Robert Penn Warren Poetry Competition. Her memoir-cookbook, Dinner At Miss Lady's (Algonquin, 1999), is in its third printing.

Susan McLean is a professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. Her poems and translations have appeared in Atlanta Review, The Formalist, Iambs and Trochees, Arion, Measure, The Classical Outlook, and elsewhere. In 2004 she won a McKnight Artist Fellowship/Loft Award in Poetry, and in 2006, the Leslie Mellichamp Prize from The Lyric. In October 2006, her chapbook Holding Patterns was published by Finishing Line Press.

Julia Randall was born in Baltimore in 1923 and attended the Calvert School and the Bryn Mawr School. She earned a B.A. in English from Bennington College in 1945, and went on to study medicine at Johns Hopkins. Deciding that a medical career would not give her enough time to write, she briefly attended graduate school at Harvard, but left to pursue a master's degree, which she received in 1950, from the Writing Seminars at Hopkins.
She earned her living by teaching: at University of Maryland's Overseas extension in Paris from 1952-1953; at Goucher College from 1954-1956; at Peabody Conservatory from 1956-1959; and at Towson State College from 1958-1962, before finding a longer term appointment at Hollins College, in Roanoke Virginia, where she taught from 1962-1973.
After retiring from Hollins, she returned to Maryland, where she became increasingly frustrated by the relentless development that was destroying the countryside she loved, and where she worked to preserve land and historic buildings from further development. In 1987, she relocated to North Bennington, Vermont, where she lived until her death in 2005.
In 1980, she received the American Poetry Society's Percy Bysshe Shelley Award in recognition for her achievements as a poet, which at that time encompassed two chapbooks, The Solstice Tree (1952) and Mimic August (1959); and two full-length collections, The Puritan Carpenter (1965) and Adam's Dream (1969). She went on to publish three more books: The Farewells (1981), Moving in Memory (1987), and The Path to Fairview: New and Selected Poems (1992).

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.

Eleanor Wilner's most recent books are The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (2004) and Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems (1998), both from Copper Canyon. She teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Terri Witek is the author of Carnal World (Story Line Press), Fools and Crows (Orchises Press) and Robert Lowell and Life Studies: Revising the Self (U of Missouri Press), She teaches at Stetson University, where she holds the Art and Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing.

Therese Chabot creates delicate, ephemeral installations – carpets, dresses and crowns – using flower petals and natural materials to speak of the stages of life and the paths we are given to choose from.
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