Kim Bridgford is the director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. As the editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in March 2010, and has since held celebrations at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at Fordham-Lincoln Center. Her collaborative work with the visual artist Jo Yarrington has been honored with a Ucross fellowship. Bridgford is the author of nine books of poetry, including the forthcoming Human Interest. She has been called "America's First Lady of Form."

Debra Bruce's most recent book of poetry is Survivors' Picnic, and her poems are in the current or forthcoming issues of The Cincinnati Review, The Evansville Review, Salamander, and Women's Studies Quarterly. Website: debrabrucepoet.com

Melissa Garcia Criscuolo is a native South Floridian. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Florida. Her poems, stories, and translations have appeared in Alimentum: The Literature of Food, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art, Nibble, Subtropics, iARTistas, The Acentos Review, and Anak Sastra. Finishing Line Press published her first chapbook, Things in My Backyard. She is married to her high school sweetheart and teaches writing at Florida Atlantic University.

Barbara Crooker is the author of six books of poetry; Barbara Crooker: Selected Poems is the most recent. She has received a number of awards, including the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; the Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France; and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

Elise Hempel grew up in suburban Chicago and now lives in central Illinois. Her poems have appeared in many places over the years, including Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The Evansville Review, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. Her chapbook Only Child was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014, and her first full-length book, Second Rain, will be published by Able Muse Press in 2016. She is the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize in Poetry.

Katherine Hoerth teaches creative writing and feminist rhetoric at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and serves as poetry editor of Amarillo Bay and Devilfish Review. Her latest poetry collection, Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots (Lamar University Press, 2014), received the Helen C. Smith Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters for the best poetry collection in the state. Her work has been included in journals such as Raintown Review, Pleiades, and Concho River Review.

Sujata Iyengar teaches Shakespeare, book history, and medical humanities at the University of Georgia. Her scholarly articles include an essay on Renaissance women poets' use of formal innovation to engage with intersections of race and gender ("Race in Early Modern Women's Writing," in The History of British Women's Writing, Volume 2) and her most recent books include the co-authored scholarly guide "Not Like an Old Play": Love's Labour's Lost de Shakespeare (Paris: Fahrenheit, 2014) and the edited collection Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body (Routledge, 2015). Last year she won a fellowship to learn Book Arts and Papermaking at the Lamar Dodd School of Art for a current scholarly book project about Shakespeare, artists' books, and book history. Instead she found herself self-publishing, typesetting, and illustrating with lino-cuts a series of her linked haiku in a French-fold booklet, Insects in Sex (Butter-thief Books, 2014), and writing lyric poems obsessively. Her free and formal lyrics are now published or forthcoming in The Road Not Taken, Measure, Upstart Crow, Punctum Press's Lunch, and Unsplendid.

Siham Karami lives in Florida. Her work can or will be found in such venues as The Comstock Review, Measure, American Arts Quarterly, The Naugatuck Review, Unsplendid, Angle Poetry, The Rotary Dial, Right Hand Pointing, The Ghazal Page, Atavic Poetry, Raintown Review, Lavender Review, and Innisfree Journal, among other periodicals and anthologies. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she has won a Laureates' Prize in the Maria W. Faust sonnet contest and is a semifinalist in the Naugatuck River narrative poetry competition. She blogs at sihamkarami.wordpress.com.

Karen Kelsay, native of Southern California, is the editor of Kelsay Books. Her full length collection, Amytis Leaves Her Garden (published in 2012), received the AML award for best poetry book, and was on the recommended reading list at Valparaiso University's Poetry Review. She is the former editor of the formalist journal Victorian Violet Press. Her poems have appeared in The Lyric, The Raintown Review, Westward Quarterly, and Angle Literary Journal, among others. Karen lives in Hemet, California, with her British husband.

Miriam N. Kotzin is Professor of English at Drexel University where she teaches creative writing and literature. She is author of a novel, The Real Deal (Brick House Press 2012), a collection of flash fiction, Just Desserts (Star Cloud Press 2010) and four collections of poetry: Reclaiming the Dead (New American Press 2008), Weights & Measures (Star Cloud Press 2009), Taking Stock (Star Cloud Press 2010), and The Body's Bride (David Robert Books 2013). Her poetry received six nominations for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry has been published in or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, Boulevard, The Tower Journal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others. She is founding editor of Per Contra and has been a contributing editor of Boulevard since its inception.

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

Luann Landon is a frequent contributor to Mezzo Cammin. "Araby" and "Rosewood Manor" are included in her book of narrative poems, South Bound, published by Turning Point in early 2016. She has recently completed a book of haiku. Her memoir-cookbook, Dinner at Miss Lady's: Memories and Recipes from a Southern Childhood (Algonquin, 1999), is available in paperback or Kindle.

Jenna Le is the author of Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), which was a Small Press Distribution Bestseller, and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (forthcoming from Anchor and Plume Press, 2016). Her poetry, fiction, essays, criticism, and translations appear or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, The Best of the Raintown Review, The Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, Measure, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. She has a B.A. in mathematics and an M.D., and she works as a physician in New York.

Sally Nacker's first book, Vireo, was published by Kelsay Books in February, 2015. In May, 2015, she was invited to be a featured poet on a New Books Panel at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference in Madison, CT. This year, to give back, she hosted a New Books Panel at the same conference. Sally has been asked to give several readings with Vireo, and her book was taught by professor and author Hollis Seamon at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She has also been asked to speak about her poetry to a literature class at Sacred Heart University. A highlight of her year was being invited to Fort Juniper in Amherst, MA by the trustee of late poet Robert Francis's estate where she enjoyed a lovely two-hour conversation. She values privacy, quiet, beauty, nature, friendship, and stillness. She resides in New England with her husband and their two cats, and works in flowers. This is her third appearance in Mezzo Cammin. Please visit her website at www.sallynacker.com.

Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the poetry collections, Still Life with Buddy, Nobody's Mother, Signs of Love, and October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (novel-in-verse) which received a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association. Ms. Newman's literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation; the Burning Bush Poetry Prize; and second place runner-up in the Solstice Literary Journal poetry competition. Her poetry has been published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Evergreen Chronicles, Lilith Magazine, Kalliope, The Sun, Bark Magazine, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Seventeen Magazine and others. From 2008-2010 she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Currently she is a faculty member of Spalding University's low-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest poetry collection, I Carry My Mother was published in January 2015 by Headmistress Press.Her website is lesleanewman.com.

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell teaches English at Fordham University in New York City and serves as Associate Director of Fordham's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. O'Donnell has published four collections of poems, Saint Sinatra, Moving House, Waking My Mother, and Lovers' Almanac, and two chapbooks, MINE and Waiting for Ecstasy. Her poems have appeared in many journals, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Web Award, and the Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing. In addition to her books of poems, O'Donnell has recently published a memoir, Mortal Blessings, and a biography and introduction to the work of Flannery O'Connor. Her website is at angelaalaimoodonnell.com.

Renée Schell's poetry has appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, CÆsura, On the Dark Path: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry, Perfume River Poetry Review, and other journals. Her work also appears online at string poet.com, literarymama.com, in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and MonkeyBicycle. Renée holds a Magister degree from the University of Bonn and a Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University. She plays classical piano and co-edits poetry for the Willow Glen Poetry Project and for Red Wheelbarrow. Her poem "Beyond Vienna" won Third Prize in the String Poet Contest 2014.

Susan Spear teaches poetry and creative writing at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. She earned an MFA in poetry from Western Colorado State University in Gunnison, and she now serves as managing editor of Think, a journal of poetry, criticism, and book reviews housed at Western. Her poems have appeared in Academic Questions, The Lyric, Raintown Review, Relief, Mezzo Cammin and other on-line and print journals.

Rebecca Starks' poems have most recently appeared in Slice Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, The Raintown Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She has a PhD in English from Stanford University and teaches literature and writing classes part-time for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. She edits Mud Season Review, a literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers Workshop. For links to more work visit: www.rebeccastarks.com.

Myrna Stone's latest book, Luz Bones, is forthcoming from Etruscan Press in summer, 2017. Stone is the author of four previous full-length books of poetry: In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father, a Finalist for the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Casanova Chronicles, a Finalist for the 2011 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; How Else to Love the World; and The Art of Loss, for which she received the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. She is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry, a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, a Distinguished Entry Award in the Campbell Corner 2004 Poetry Contest, for which she received a stipend and an invitation to read at Poets House in New York City, and the 2002 Poetry Award from Weber, The Contemporary West. In 2015 Stone presented five morning lectures on Poetry as a member of the faculty of the Antioch Writers' Workshop.

Born in Arizona, Mary Temple has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York for the past 20 years. She moved to the borough after completing her MFA in painting and drawing at Arizona State University. She then went on to study at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999.

Temple's cross-discipline conceptual artworks blur boundaries between painting, sculpture and drawing. In 2007 she began a 5-year daily drawing project in which she chose a world leader from web-based news coverage. She then drew the leader's portrait, rating their news-worthy action that day, as to its impact on world peace. The drawings you see on the left are part of a portfolio of the portraits. In this case, the subject was Hilary Clinton, the drawings made during her time as Secretary of State for the Obama administration. The portraits are printed in the colors Clinton chose for her pantsuit wardrobe. These vibrant colors were much discussed in the press, as was the cut of the suit, as well as Clinton's hair length and style, her makeup and of course, her weight and level of fitness. While the portfolio calls attention to the unbalanced scrutiny a politician who happens to be a woman garners, it also serves as a reminder of the many difficult situations Clinton handled each day of the four-year term.

Mary Temple has exhibited her work throughout the US and abroad. The artist has completed commissioned projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA; SculptureCenter, LIC, Queens, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Rice Gallery, Houston, TX; Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; The Drawing Center, NY; UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center; The Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo, Japan; NYU Abu Dhabi, among many other venues. Her work has been reviewed in publications including, The New York Times, Artforum, ArtNews and Art in America. This year the artist will complete major public projects for the City of New York's Percent for Arts program, at the historic landmark site, McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as well as at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital's new wing, The Building for a Better Future.

You can view more work from this series and others at Temple's website: marytemple.com.

Cara Valle is a mother and teacher living in Chicago, IL. Her poems have appeared recently in The Lyric, The Grub Street Grackle, and Literary Mama. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, earned a B.A. from Hillsdale College in 2010, and taught poetry in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving back to the Midwest in 2014.

Marilyn Westfall has published poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews over many years, including her April 2015 interviews with Texas poets laureate in Lone Star Literary Life. Most recently, her poetry has appeared in Pilgrimage Magazine, Concho River Review, Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, Southwestern American Literature, Illya's Honey, Red River Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Contemporary Haibun Online. New poems are forthcoming in The Southern Poetry Anthology,VIII: Texas and Poetry of the American Southwest, II. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University.

Joyce Wilson has taught English at Suffolk University and Boston University. Her first poetry collection The Etymology of Spruce and a chapbook The Springhouse both appeared in 2010. She is creator and editor of the magazine on the Internet, The Poetry Porch, which has been on-line since 1997. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, among them Poetry Ireland, Ibbetson Street Magazine, and Salamander. She writes book reviews regularly for The Poetry Porch, and occasionally for Harvard Review where she was managing editor during the 1990s, and The Drunken Boat.

Marly Youmans is the author of thirteen books of poetry and fiction. Her most recent books of poems are: a book-length post-apocalyptic adventure in blank verse, Thaliad (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing, 2012); The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza Press, 2012); and The Throne of Psyche (Mercer University Press, 2011.) Her most recent novels are Maze of Blood, Glimmerglass, and A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage (The Ferrol Sams Award, ForeWord Silver Award for Fiction), all from Mercer.

Cheryl Yun is a visual artist currently residing in Connecticut. She teaches in the photography department at the Tisch School of Art, New York University, and Fairfield University, Connecticut.

Her work has recently been seen in exhibitions at the Bergdorf Goodman Windows, New York; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; and the Michael Kohler Art Center, Wisconsin. She has shown in galleries including Rhona Hoffman, Chicago, and Roebling Hall, New York, and internationally at the New Benaki Museum, Greece. Yun has been reviewed and featured in the New York Times and the Village Voice and various major art publications including Art in America, Art on Paper, and Flash Art.


The two most recent additions to The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline are Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Eileen R. Kinch and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore by Anna M. Evans.

Wendy Videlock is the recipient of the 2016 Mezzo Cammin Scholarship to the Poetry by the Sea conference.

The Cheryl Yun Collection is a range of image-based sculptural objects or "products," from handbags to clothing, which simultaneously mirror and subvert fashion and consumer culture to reveal, question, and reevaluate one's relationship to the world.The Cheryl Yun Collection handbag series is handcrafted and features newspaper photographs of tragedy and catastrophe, religious and political conflict, as well as issues of beauty and control, while the Cheryl Yun Collection: lingerie and bathing suits is an image-based series of underwear, which questions the "victims" and "aggressors" of our current political, economic and religious conflicts.
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