A native Virginian, Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her poetry has appeared previously in Mezzo Cammin and recently in Amsterdam Quarterly, The Asses of Parnassus, Light, Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, and Southern Women's Review. Her first collection, Unloosed, and her second, Tides & Currents, are both available from Kelsay Books.

Holly Trostle Brigham is a painter who creates life-sized figures in watercolor that depict historical and mythological women. Holly was part of the Christa Project at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine from fall 2016 until March 2017. This exhibition included Kiki Smith and Kara Walker and focused on the feminine divine in Contemporary Art.

Brigham had a solo show at Lafayette College in January 2015 and was in a group show with Corpus VI at the New Bedford Art Museum in Fall 2015. Brigham had another solo exhibition in 2015 at the Benton Museum in Storrs, CT and then at the Ron de Long Gallery at Penn State/Lehigh Valley and at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA in 2016. She was invited to participate in a PAFA related group show at Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia in early 2016 and will be in another group show at Avery Galleries in 2017. The print that she made at the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) will be exhibited in the fall of 2017 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Brigham recently collaborated with award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson on a series of nuns who were artists and writers, Sacred Sisters. The paintings and the poems were exhibited twice. With the help of Mary Ann Miller and her Lucia Press, Holly and Marilyn produced an artist's book to document the collaboration and launched the book at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in November 2016. So far several of the edition of twelve have found homes at Smith College, Lafayette College, Penn State and the Smithsonian Institution.

Brigham was born in Carlisle, PA, attended Smith College where she studied Art History and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She went on to study Art History at the graduate level at the University of Pittsburgh, fine art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then earned her MFA in Painting at the George Washington University. She has taught at Pasadena City College, Worcester State College, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Baum School of Art. Brigham lives in Philadelphia with her husband, David, and two children, Noble and Flora and their Airedale, Minnie.

Marilyn Nelson , a former Poet Laureate of Connecticut (2001-2006) and Professor Emerita of the University of Connecticut, is at present a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and poet-in-residence of the Poets Corner in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Among her many prizes and awards are the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American poetry, the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her newest collections are The Meeting House (Antrim House) and (ed.) Mrs. Nelson's Class (World Enough Writers).

Marsha Bryant, Professor of English & Distinguished Teaching Scholar at UF, wrote Women's Poetry and Popular Culture and Auden, Documentary, and the 1930s; she edited Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature.

Mary Ann Eaverly, Professor and Chair of Classics at UF, wrote Tan Men, Pale Women: Color and Gender in Archaic Greece and Egypt and Archaic Greek Equestrian Sculpture.

Together, Bryant and Eaverly have published essays on modern women poets and ancient Mediterranean cultures in Modernism/modernity, Mosaic, and Approaches to Teaching H.D.'s Poetry and Prose. Recently, they curated the exhibition "Classical Convergences: Traditions & Inventions" at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

Lesley Clinton's poems have appeared in the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, the Houston Poetry Fest 2016 Anthology, Sakura Review, Euphony Journal, Frogpond Journal, The Heron's Nest, Literary Mama, and others. Her background in language arts education includes a BA in English and an MA in Teaching, as well as several years spent teaching high school English. She currently freelances as a writer, editor, and curriculum developer.

Maryann Corbett spent almost thirty-five years working for the Office of the Revisor of Statutes at the Minnesota Legislature. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared widely in journals like 32 Poems, Barrow Street, Ecotone, Rattle, River Styx, Southwest Review, and Subtropics and in anthologies like Imago Dei and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Her third book, Mid Evil, won the 2014 Richard Wilbur Award; she is also a past winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and a past finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. New work appears or is forthcoming in Able Muse, Crab Orchard Review, Tampa Review, and others. A fourth book, Street View, was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Prize and is forthcoming from Able Muse Press.

Barbara Lydecker Crane has published two chapbooks, Zero Gravitas and Alphabetricks. Another, BackWords Logic, is due out soon from Local Gems Press. She won the 2011 Helen Schaible Sonnet Contest, and in 2014 and 2016 was awarded Laureate's Choice Awards in the Maria B. Faust Contest. Her poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, First Things, Measure, Mezzo Cammin and Think Journal, among many others.

A previous contributor to Mezzo Cammin, Barbara Crooker's work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She is the author of eight books of poetry; Les Fauves is the most recent. She has received a number of awards, including the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships.

Midge Goldberg is the recipient of the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and her book Snowman's Code, winner of the 2015 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award, was recently chosen as the 2016 New Hampshire Literary Awards Reader's Choice Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Measure, Light, Appalachia, Poetry Speaks: Who I Am, Hot Sonnets, and on Garrison Keillor's A Writer's Almanac. Her other books include Flume Ride (2006) and the children's book My Best Ever Grandpa (2015). She is a longtime member of the Powow River Poets and has an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Chester, New Hampshire, with her family, two cats, and an ever-changing number of chickens.

Grace Marie Grafton is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Jester from Hip Pocket Press. Her themes range from lyrical sonnets to sestinas to experimental prose poems, with a concentration on response to fine art. Her poems have won honors from The Bellingham Review, Sycamore Review, Keats Soul Making contest and Poetic Matrix Press. Poems recently appear in Fifth Wednesday, The Cortland Review, Ambush Review, West Trestle Review, Askew and Poecology, among others.

Jaimee Hills is the author of How to Avoid Speaking, which won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize from Waywiser press. Her work has been featured in Verse Daily, Best New Poets, Blackbird and elsewhere. She teaches at Marquette University and lives and writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More of her work can be found at www.jaimeehills.com.

Kathryn Hinds's poems have appeared in Measure, The Lyric, Goblin Fruit, 14 by 14, Canary, Violet Windows, and other journals. Her book publications include a feminist fantasy novel, The Healer's Choice (which was a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award); a poetry collection, Candle, Thread, and Flute; a co-authored book of photographs and short stories, The Forty; and numerous nonfiction titles for middle grades and young adults. She teaches composition and world literature at the University of North Georgia. www.kathrynhinds.com.

Kathryn Jacobs is professor at Texas A & M — C and editor of The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry. Her fifth volume of poetry, Wedged Elephant, was published last year by Kelsay Books. She also has a book from University Press of Florida, Marriage Contracts From Chaucer to the Renaissance Stage. With over 200 poems published, she appears in journals like Mezzo Cammin, Measure, Acumen, Raintown Review and Wordgathering, among others.

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, and she is a past winner of a New England Poetry Club Award, the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Contest, the String Poet Prize, and the Able Muse Write Prize.

Charlotte Mandel's tenth book of poetry, To Be the Daylight, is forthcoming this year from White Violet Press, imprint of Kelsay Books. Previous titles include Through a Garden Gate with color photographs by Vincent Covello, published by David Robert Books, and two poem-novellas of feminist biblical revision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. Her awards include the New Jersey Poets Prize and two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She edited the Eileen W. Barnes Award Anthology, Saturday's Women. Critical essays include articles on the role of cinema in the life and work of H.D., on Muriel Rukeyser, May Sarton and others. Visit her at www.charlottemandel.com.

Jennifer Davis Michael is professor and chair of English at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, specializing in British Romanticism. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 3 Elements Review, Silver Birch Press, The Unprecedented Review, Literary Mama, and Mezzo Cammin. She has also published a book of criticism, Blake and the City (Bucknell, 2006).

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. Her publications include two chapbooks and five collections of poems, Saint Sinatra (2011), Moving House (2009), Waking My Mother (2013), Lovers' Almanac, and Still Pilgrim (2017). Her work has appeared in many journals, including Alabama Literary Review, America, Comstock Review, First Things, Hawaii Pacific Review, Mezzo Cammin, Potomac Review, Runes, String Poetry, The Same, Verse Wisconsin, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Web Award, and the Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing. O'Donnell also writes essays on contemporary poetry and is a regular Books & Culture contributor at AMERICA magazine. A memoir, Mortal Blessings, appeared in 2014, and a biography Flannery O'Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith (2015) recently won first prize for excellence in publishing from the Association of Catholic Publishers. Readers may visit her website at angelaalaimoodonnell.com.

Leslie Schultz (Northfield, Minnesota) is the author of a collection of poetry, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies (Kelsay Books, 2016). Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Able Muse, Light, Mezzo Cammin, The Orchards Poetry Journal, Swamp Lily Review, Poetic Strokes Anthology, Third Wednesday, The Madison Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and The Wayfarer; in a chapbook, Living Room (Midwestern Writers' Publishing House), and four of her poems have been stamped into the sidewalks of her home town. Schultz is also the author of two middle-grade novels featuring a home-schooled main character: The Howling Vowels (2011) and And Sometimes Y (2013), both from Do Life Right Press. She has twice had winning poems in the Maria W. Faust sonnet contest (2013, 2016). Schultz posts poems, photographs, and essays on her website.

Elizabeth Spencer Spragins is a fiber artist, writer, poet, and editor who taught in community colleges for more than a decade. Her tanka and bardic verse in the Celtic style have been published in England, Scotland, Canada, Indonesia, and the United States. Recent work has appeared in the Quarterday Review, the Lyric, Glass: Facets of Poetry, Halcyon Days, and Peacock Journal. Her chapbook Shades and Shadows is scheduled for publication by Quarterday Press in fall 2017. Updates are available on her website.

Marilyn Taylor is the former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, and the author of six poetry collections, the newest of which, Step on a Crack, was published in 2016 by White Violet Press (Kelsay Books). Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Measure, Able Muse, and the Random House anthology titled Villanelles. She has been awarded First Place in a number of national and international poetry contests, most recently from Winning Writers (the 2015 Margaret Reid Award for verse in forms). Taylor currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and regularly facilitates independent poetry workshops and presentations statewide and elsewhere—including programs sponsored by Lawrence University, Western State Colorado University, Poetry by the Sea in Connecticut, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies.

Cara Valle is a full-time parent, part-time teacher, and part-time writer. A graduate of Hillsdale College, she lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three children. She teaches literature for the Classical Learning Resource Center. In addition to Mezzo Cammin, her poems have appeared in The Rotary Dial, The Lyric, and First Things (forthcoming).

Doris Watts was born in Nebraska and now lives in Temecula, California. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands and earned a special major master's degree in technical communication from San Diego State University. She has worked as a usability specialist studying the interface between user and documentation products. Her work has appeared in Mezzo Cammin, Able Muse, Autumn Sky, Poetry Daily, Blue Unicorn, The Lyric, The Formalist, and other journals.


The most recent addition to The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline is Etel Adnan by Joyce Wilson.

Save the date: A Celebration of the Timeline reaching 75 essays. Lincoln Center, Fordham University (Sponsored by Fordham's Curran Center) Friday, October 20th, 7 p.m.

Sacred Sisters is a collaboration between visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham and award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson, touching on such issues as gender and creativity, connections between the visual and literary arts, and religion and history. Brigham met Nelson at the all-girls prep school, the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in the Fall of 2012. Nelson was visiting the school as part of the Baldwin Write Now program and Brigham was a parent who co-founded the program and was her liaison for the day. They had the opportunity to visit and when Nelson asked about Brigham's work it started a conversation about nuns who were artists and writers. Brigham had already completed three paintings in her Seven Sisters II Series, later renamed Sacred Sisters.

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