Melissa Balmain has been a featured poet in Light Quarterly; her poems have also appeared in The Spectator (UK), The Chimaera, The Formalist, Measure, and Bumbershoot. She is a two-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the proud winner of the 2009 Rubber Ducky Sonnet Award from the New England Shakespeare Festival. She's a director of the Foundation for Light Verse.

Visual artist Gail Biederman received a BA from Fairfield University in CT. She has had solo exhibitions at Artspace, New Haven, CT, and the Fine Arts Gallery at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY. She has participated in group shows throughout the United States including at the Bronx Museum, NY, the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. In 2007 Biederman was the recipient of a Special Editions Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop and participated in the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She is currently a resident at the Artists Alliance in New York City. Biederman was born in Shelton, CT, and currently lives in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Janann Dawkins' work has appeared in publications such as Existere and Ouroboros Review, and soon will be featured in The Flea, Two Review, and Up the Staircase, among others. In 2008, Leadfoot Press published her chapbook Micropleasure. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she helps edit the eclectic journal Third Wednesday in Ann Arbor, MI.

Rhina P. Espaillat's most recent books are El olor de la memoria/The Scent of Memory, a bilingual collection of her short stories, and two poetry collections, Playing at Stillness and Her Place in These Designs. She is the keynote speaker of the 2010 West Chester Poetry Conference, and was a featured reader at the launch of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. Espaillat is a founding member of the very active Fresh Meadows Poets in Queens, NY, as well as founding member of and former director of The Powow River Poets.

Juleigh Howard Hobson is a formalist poet, essayist and short fiction writer. A former finalist for The Morton Marr Prize, she has had poems nominated for both the Pushcart and the Best of the Net. Her poetry has appeared or will appear in Able Muse, Mobius, The Lyric, The Raintown Review, Candelabrum, Soundzine, The Barefoot Muse, Poem Revised (Marion Street Press), Return of The Raven (HorrorBound) and scores of other venues.

Anjie Kokan is an award-winning writer who publishes poetry and non-fiction. She enjoys trying to grow sunflowers as big as her house in Wisconsin where she lives with her poet husband and two children. She teaches English as a Second Language to adults and loves to facilitate creative writing workshops for all ages. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in publications such as Gravity Pulls You In, The Upper Room, and Toward the Light.

Jean L. Kreiling is a Professor of Music at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, and previously taught English at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. Her poetry has appeared in several print and on-line journals, including 14 by 14, Contemporary Sonnet, Dogwood, Ekphrasis, The Evansville Review, The Formalist, London Poetry Review, and The Pennsylvania Review. She was a semifinalist for the 2009 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award and a finalist for both the 2009 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the 2010 Dogwood Poetry Prize. Her interdisciplinary essays on music and poetry have been published in the academic journals Ars Lyrica and Mosaic.

Luann Landon was born in Georgia, grew up in Nashville, and studied at Radcliffe and the Sorbonne. She has recent poems in Measure. Her memoir-cookbook, Dinner at Miss Lady's (Algonquin, 1999), was published in 2009 as a Kindle Book by Amazon.com.

Michele Leavitt, 2010 winner of the William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize from The Ohio State University, is a high school dropout, former trial attorney and hepatitis C survivor who now teaches writing at the University of Idaho. She has had poems and prose published in a wide variety of print and online journals, including The Humanist, Ragazine, The Lyric, and The Platte Valley Review. Her poetry chapbook, The Glass Transition, will be published by Finishing Line Press in June of 2010.

Mary Meriam is a poet from rural New Jersey with an MFA from Columbia University. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Literary Imagination, American Life in Poetry, Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies, The Lyric, Light Quarterly, The Raintown Review, Tilt-a-Whirl, and others. Her chapbook, The Countess of Flatbroke (afterword by Lillian Faderman), was published by Modern Metrics/Exot Books and received an award from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Another chapbook, The Poet's Zodiac, was a finalist in the 2009 Robin Becker chapbook contest at Seven Kitchens Press. She's currently editing an anthology of sonnets for Exot Books. Visit her website.

Gail White is the author of Easy Marks (David Robert Books), a finalist for the Poets' Prize in 2008. She coedited the anthology The Muse Strikes Back, which has been reissued by Story Line Press. She is also the subject of Julie Kane's essay "Getting Serious About Gail White's Light Verse," which appeared in an early issue of Mezzo Cammin. Gail writes her formalist poetry in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in the company of her husband and resident cats. Visit her website.

Holly Woodward is a writer and artist. A chapter from her novel appears online in Podium, the magazine of the 92nd St. Y's Unterberg Poetry Center. A small handmade chapbook of Holly's poems is reproduced at the Gold Wake Press website.

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Marly Youmans is the author of seven books, including poetry, novels, and several young adult fantasies set in the South. Her awards include The Michael Shaara Award for The Wolf Pit (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), which was also one of two finalists for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Forthcoming are two novels (Glimmerglass and Maze of Blood) and two books of poetry, The Foliate Head (UK: P. S. Publishing, with illustrations and cover by Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins) and The Throne of Psyche (Mercer University Press.)

Mezzo Cammin is proud to announce that The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which will eventually be the largest database of women poets in the world, was launched on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 6:00 PM at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tom Field)
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Gail Biederman: I use sewing as a form of drawing, as one way to alter a surface. Thread is my line, a physical presence that hovers in space in my installations. With both a cast shadow and an edge that catches the light, thread creates multiple realities, a jumbled mix of hard and soft, the solid and the ephemeral.
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