Melissa Adamo received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Newark University. She is a staff writer for English Kills Review, and her other poems, essays, and book reviews have previously appeared in journals such as Per Contra, Plath Profiles, and The Rumpus. Teaching various courses at Rutgers, Montclair State, and Ramapo College while working as a writing tutor at Brookdale Community College, she gets to enjoy the best the NJ parkway has to offer due to her love of language and try-hard students. Follow her word-thoughts on writing, feminism, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Twitter @adamopoeting.

Sylvia Ashby's background is in theatre, acting and writing; she's published some fifteen plays for family audiences with thousands of productions. After her short memoir appeared last spring in Anderbo.com she decided to send out poetry. Now she has items appearing or about to appear in lit mags such as Vine Leaves, Right Hand Pointing, Constellations, Glass, Hermes, Abyss & Apex, etc., plus a forthcoming anthology of Black Mountain College poetry. Her theatre website is sylviaashby.com

Jane Blanchard studied English at Wake Forest before earning a doctorate from Rutgers. She currently divides her time between Augusta and Saint Simon's Island, Georgia. Her other work has recently appeared in Blue Unicorn, Hitherto, POEM, The Rotary Dial, and Tar River Poetry. She is looking forward to participating in the 2015 Ossabaw Island Writers' Retreat.

Patricia Bollin's work has appeared in Pearl, The Clackamas Review, The Fourth River, Tulane Review, The Postcard Project, River Poets Journal, and Oregon Literary Review. Her book reviews have appeared in CALYX and NW Writers. She currently serves as the board chair of Soapstone, a non-profit in Oregon which promotes and celebrates women writers.

Cathleen Calbert's poetry and prose have appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Poetry. She is the author of three books of poetry: Lessons in Space (University of Florida Press), Bad Judgment (Sarabande Books), and Sleeping with a Famous Poet (C.W. Books). She also has been awarded The Nation Discovery Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Mary Tucker Thorp Award from Rhode Island College, where she is a Professor of English. Her website is www.cathleencalbert.com.

Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang challenges the conventional perception of public space and the role it can play to help us make sense of our communities and ourselves. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, her work has examined issues from criminal justice and the future of vacant buildings to personal aspirations and anxieties. Her project Before I Die has been recreated in over 500 cities and over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Haiti, Brazil, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and South Africa.
     Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
     She was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub, a Fast Company Emerging Master of Design, a "Live Your Best Life" Local Hero by Oprah Magazine, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been the keynote speaker at events including the Creativity World Forum, American Planning Association National Conference, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, and the Global Health Summit. She lives in New Orleans.

Maryann Corbett is the author of two chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, including Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter (Able Muse Press, 2013), and the recent Richard Wilbur Award-winning volume, Mid Evil. Her poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in Southwest Review, Barrow Street, 32 Poems, River Styx, Measure, PN Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Raintown Review, Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, and many other venues. She is a past winner of The Lyric Memorial Award and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.

Eleanor Cory is a composer of concert music. She has composed musical settings of poems by James Merrill, Marvin Bell, Robert Creeley, Rachel Hadas, Mark Strand, Octavio Paz, W.S. Merwin, David Ignatow, Murial Rukeyser, and Wallace Stevens. Her newest song cycle, Toward the Mind, was premiered in New York in February, 2012. Her poems have been published in Iambs and Trochees and Poetry Porch: Sonnet Scroll. On March 2, 2014 she was one of two featured readers at Carmine Street Metrics in New York. She lives in New York and teaches Music Composition at the Mannes College of Music. Her website is www.eleanorcory.com.

Casey FitzSimons is host of a reading series in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems have appeared in Red Wheelbarrow, Midwest Quarterly, Sand Hill Review, Newport Review, and many other print and online journals. This year she placed first in Ina Coolbrith Circle's "Poet's Choice" competition. Her chapbooks include The Breeze Was Mine: Poems in Form (2013), Riding Witness (2012), and No Longer Any Need (2011). She has a master's degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State University. For more info, see www.pw.org/content/casey_fitzsimons.

Nicole Caruso Garcia's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as The Raintown Review, 823 on High, Antiphon, The HyperTexts, Willow Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Soundings East, The Ledge, and others, as well as in the anthology Mother is a Verb. She received the Spring 2010 Willow Review Award. She earned her B.A. in English from Fairfield University, and after seven years in corporate industry, she left to earn her M.S. in Education from The University of Bridgeport. She makes her home in Connecticut, where she teaches poetry and creative writing at Trumbull High School.

Claudia Gary is author of Humor Me (David Robert Books, 2006) and several chapbooks. A 2014 finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and a 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, she writes, edits, sings, and composes (tonally) in the Washington D.C. area. Her poems appear in anthologies such as Forgetting Home (Barefoot Muse 2013) and Villanelles (Everyman Press 2012), as well as in journals internationally. Her articles on health appear in The VVA Veteran, VFW, and other magazines. For more information, see http://www.pw.org/content/claudia_gary

Edith Goldenhar's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in deCOMP, The Alembic, Whiskey Island, Salamander, Indiana Review, and Laurel Review. As a writer on progressive social change, she has articles and op-eds in such journals as The Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She lives in Jackson Heights, NY.

A. J. Huffman has published seven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the winner of the 2012 Promise of Light Haiku Contest. Her poetry, fiction, and haiku have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both original English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press: www.kindofahurricanepress.com.

Cambria Jones was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and currently resides just outside Minneapolis. She received a B.A. in history, focusing primarily on pre-Victorian social and intellectual history in Great Britain, but also explored theatre performance, languages, and creative writing. She has work forthcoming in Stone Path Review and The Wayfarer.

Tamam Kahn is the author of Untold, A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, Monkfish Books, 2010. Untold, a prose biography with seventy poems, was awarded an International Book Award in 2011 and translated and published in Jakarta, Indonesia. Travels to sacred sites in Morocco, Syria, Andalusia, and India, and research into early Islamic life have fueled Tamam's writing. In 2009 she was invited by the Royal Ministry of Morocco to read her poetry at an international Sufi conference in Marrakesh. She is working on a book of poems that will highlight the life of Fatima, daughter of Muhammad. She attended writing residencies at Ragdale and Jentel Foundations in 2013. Tamam was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, 2013, the sonnet category. She lives just North of San Francisco.

Jean L. Kreiling's first full-length collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance, was published in July 2014. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Raintown Review, and in several anthologies. She is a past winner of the String Poet Prize and the Able Muse Write Prize; she has been a finalist for the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, the Frost Farm Prize, and the Dogwood Poetry Prize.

Fiona Marshall emigrated to Northern Alberta, Canada, six years ago with her husband and two sons after living her entire life in the North West of England. Since then, she has joined the Slave Lake Writers Group and the Writers Guild of Alberta. She makes her living as an ultrasound technician but, for fun, enjoys quadding in the bush, making a fire, and toasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

Holly Painter is an MFA graduate of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her poetry has been published in literary journals in the US, New Zealand, and Australia. Holly lives with her partner in Singapore, where she writes love poems on behalf of besotted people around the world at adoptapoet.wordpress.com.

Zara Raab's latest book is Fracas & Asylum. Earlier books are Swimming the Eel and The Book of Gretel, narrative poems of the remote parts of Northern California set in a mythical time. Her work, including book reviews and essays, as well as poems, has appeared in Verse Daily, River Styx, West Branch, Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, Critical Flame, Prime Number, Raven Chronicles, and The Dark Horse. She is a contributing editor to Poetry Flash and The Redwood Coast Review. Rumpelstiltskin, or What's in a Name? was a finalist for the Dana Award. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Andrea Witzke Slot writes poetry, fiction, essays, and academic work, and is particularly interested in the spaces in which these genres intersect. She is author of the poetry collection To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012), and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southeast Review, Segue, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Poetry East, Bellevue Literary Review, and Mid-American Review. Her academic work on dialogic poetry as a form of social change and democratic understanding can be found in the critical collections Inhabiting "La Patria": Identity, Agency, and "Antojo" in the Work of Julia Alvarez (SUNY Press, 2013) and Dialogism and Poetry: Hearing Over (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), while her essays on the contingent labor crisis in higher education can be found in The Chronicle of Higher Education. She travels to England regularly but calls Chicago home, where she lives with her husband, the youngest of her five children/stepchildren, and her crazy West Highland terrier, Macbeth. Her website is: http://www.andreawitzkeslot.com/

Linda Stern has published poems in The New Criterion, Promethean, The Raintown Review, BigCityLit, and Kin among other publications and has poems forthcoming in American Arts Quarterly and Songs for a Passbook Torch, an anthology. Her first collection, Why We Go By Twos, is being published by Barefoot Muse Press in 2015. She co-published the poetry magazine Endymion and, more recently, was associate editor of the online poetry journal Umbrella. Linda Stern lives in New York City and works as an editor.

Anne-Marie Thompson's first book, Audiation, won the 2013 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in Southwest Review, The Southeast Review, Ploughshares, Unsplendid, and other journals. Originally from Texas, she now lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she works as a technical writer for a software engineering company and as a pianist and organist for several choral groups.

Doris Watts was born in Nebraska and now lives in Temecula, California, where it has snowed only once and briefly in the last twelve years. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands and earned a master's degree in technical communication from San Diego State University. She has worked as a usability specialist studying the interface between user and computer documentation products. Her work has appeared in Mezzo Cammin, The Formalist (she was twice a finalist in the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Competition), Blue Unicorn, The Lyric, The Mid-American Poetry Review, and 14 by 14.

Holly Woodward is a writer and an artist. This year, she is a fiction fellow at The Writers' Institute in Manhattan. Last year, she won the Rachel Wetzsteon prize at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y. Holly combines her words, calligraphy, and paintings into books.


Mezzo Cammin will celebrate its tenth anniversary at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, on Thursday, May 28, from 3:15-4:30, Mercy by the Sea in Madison, CT. Please join us!

Candy Chang: Meant as a singular experiment, the Before I Die project gained global attention and thanks to passionate people around the world, over 500 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina, and South Africa.
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