Kris Beaver's poetry has appeared in ERGO: The Bumbershoot Literary Magazine, What Rough Beast, Rattle, Meniscus and Bracken, among other journals. A retired elementary school teacher, she is currently at work on a chapbook entitled Raw Daughter. Kris lives in Washington state, between the magnificent Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

Holly Trostle Brigham is a painter who creates life-sized figures in watercolor that depict historical and mythological women.

Brigham has a solo show at the Delaware Art Museum called ‘I Wake Again’: Holly Trostle Brigham on Elizabeth Siddal, which open on February 26 and goes until May 29, 2022. In 2023, Brigham will have a solo show at the Reading Museum in Reading, PA. Within the last few years, Brigham has had solo exhibitions at the Somerville Manning Gallery in 2019, at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA and at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

Brigham has collaborated with award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson on a series of nuns who were artists and writers, Sacred Sisters. 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. The edition of twelve has found homes at Smith College, Lafayette College, Penn State and the Smithsonian Institution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among others. Her second artist book, Mother Monument was launched at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania in September 2018 and has been placed at the Beinecke Library, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Rutgers University and other institutions. Her third artist book, I Wake Again was completed in December 2021 and has been placed at the Beinecke Library, Rutgers University, the University of Delaware Library and the Fisher Fine arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania. It is a collaboration with the poet Kim Bridgford.

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.

Catherine Chandler, Canadian poet, translator and editor, is the author of six poetry collections, including The Frangible Hour, recipient of the Richard Wilbur Award, Lines of Flight, shortlisted for the Poets’ Prize, and a historical verse-tale, Annals of the Dear Unknown, forthcoming from Kelsay Books. Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies worldwide. Chandler completed her postgraduate studies at McGill University, Montreal, where she lectured in the Department of Translation Studies until her retirement. Her poetry blog, The Wonderful Boat, is online at cathychandler.blogspot.com/.

Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles, lives on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast, and writes poems for journals in NZ, the US, Australia, and the UK. Recent books are Fish Stories: Ghazals and Glosas (Canterbury University Press) and Body Politic: Nature Poems for Nature in Crisis. See also: www.read-nz.org/writer/cresswell-mary/.

Cat Fitzpatrick is the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers University—Newark and the Editrix at LittlePuss Press. She wrote the book of poems Glamourpuss (Topside Press) and co-edited the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Transgender Writers, which won the ALA Stonewall award for Literature. Her verse novel The Call-Out is forthcoming from Seven Stories Press in November 2022.

Nicole Caruso Garcia is the author of the forthcoming full-length poetry collection Oxblood (Able Muse Press, 2022), which was named a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award and the Richard Wilbur Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, Crab Orchard Review, Light, Measure, ONE ART: a journal of poetry, PANK, Plume, The Raintown Review, Rattle, RHINO, Sonora Review, Spillway, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Earlier work has also appeared in previous issues of Mezzo Cammin, where she was recently the Featured Poet. Garcia currently serves as an associate poetry editor at Able Muse and a Board member at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. Visit her at nicolecarusogarcia.com. nicolecarusogarcia.com.

Katie Hartsock is the author of Bed of Impatiens (Able Muse, 2016). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Threepenny Review, 32 Poems, Kenyon Review, Ecotone, New Criterion, Birmingham Poetry Review, Nimrod, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches at Oakland University in Michigan, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. Her second collection, Wolf Trees, will be published in 2022 by Able Muse Press.

Julie Kane's most recent poetry collection is Mothers of Ireland (LSU Press, 2020), co-winner of the Poetry by the Sea Book Award and a longlist finalist for the Julie Suk Book Prize. Previous collections include Rhythm & Booze, a National Poetry Series winner, and Jazz Funeral, winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. With Grace Bauer, she co-edited Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, and with H.L. Hix, she co-edited Terribly in Love: Selected Poems in English translation by the Lithuanian poet Tautvyda Marcinkevičiūtė. Her poems appear in more than sixty anthologies including Best American Poetry and The Book of Irish American Poets from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, and her essays on poetry and poetics appear in Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, and many other journals and reference texts. She has served as a Fulbright Scholar, Louisiana State Poet Laureate, Poets' Prize Committee Chair, National Book Award in Poetry juror, and George Bennett Fellow in Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy. Professor Emerita of English at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, she currently teaches in the low-residency poetry MFA program at Western Colorado University.

Jean L. Kreiling is the author of two collections of poetry: Arts & Letters & Love (2018) and The Truth in Dissonance (2014); her third, Shared History, will appear in early 2022. Her work has been honored with the Able Muse Write Prize, the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Prize, the Kelsay Books Metrical Poetry Prize, two Laureates’ Prizes in the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, three New England Poetry Club prizes, the Plymouth Poetry Contest prize, and the String Poet Prize. She is an Associate Poetry Editor for Able Muse: A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art, and a longtime member of the Powow River Poets.

Diane Lee Moomey is a painter and poet living in Half Moon Bay, California, where she is co-host of the monthly reading series, Coastside Poetry; her work has appeared in Light, Think, The MacGuffin, PoetryMagazine.com, Mezzo Cammin, and others. She has won prizes for her sonnets in the Ina Coolbrith Circle and in the Soul Making Keats Literary Contests. Her newest collection, the chapbook Make For Higher Ground, is available at Amazon and at www.barefootmuse.com.

T. R. Poulson, a University of Nevada alum and proud Wolf Pack fan, lives in San Mateo, California. Her work has appeared in several journals, including Rattle, Booth, Verdad, J Journal, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, New Verse News, and Jabberwock Review.

Catherine Esposito Prescott is the author of the chapbooks Maria Sings and The Living Ruin. Recent poems appear in Green Mountains Review Online, NELLE, Pleiades, Spillway, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Verse Daily, The Orison Anthology, and Grabbed: Writers Respond to Sexual Assault. Co-founder of SWWIM and Editor in Chief of SWWIM Every Day, Prescott received an MFA from New York University. She teaches vinyasa yoga and yoga philosophy in Miami, where she lives with her family. See http://catherineespositoprescott.com.

Carolyn Raphael retired from the English Department at Queensborough Community College, CUNY, after more than thirty years of teaching. She is the author of The Most Beautiful Room in the World (David Robert Books), Dancing with Bare Feet (Kelsay Books), and two chapbooks, Diagrams of Bittersweet (Somers Rocks Press) and Grandma Poems—Not Too Sweet (Kelsay Books). She has published, among other places, in Blue Unicorn, The Formalist, The Lyric, and Oberon. She is the poetry coordinator of Great Neck Plaza in Great Neck, New York. Her project, “Poetry in the Plaza,” places a poem each month on local bulletin boards and on the village website, much as “Poetry in Motion” places poems on the subway. She also coordinates the annual Great Neck Plaza Poetry Contest.

Claudia Schatz (she/hers) lives in New Haven, CT, where she writes and makes the storytelling podcast Rearview. Her stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Euphony Journal, Five on the Fifth, Q/A Poetry, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Glassworks Magazine, and Blue Earth Review. She is training for a triathlon.

Leslie Schultz (Northfield, Minnesota) has three collections of poetry: Still Life with Poppies: Elegies; Cloud Song; and Concertina (Kelsay Books). Her poetry has appeared widely, including in Able Muse, Blue Unicorn, North Dakota Quarterly, Poet Lore, Third Wednesday, MockingHeart Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Naugatuck River Review, and The Orchards. She serves as a judge for the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.


The Poetry by the Sea Spring Celebration is available for viewing on Youtube as a permanent memorial and tribute to Mezzo Cammin's founder, Dr. Kim Bridgford (1959-2020). Click here to watch.

The 2022 Poetry by the Sea conference will run May 24-27 2022.

My work contributes to the dialogue among feminist writers, historians, critics, and artists to define a space for creative work and agency for women. Through my figurative paintings, I challenge notions about the female body, redefine myths, and recover the lives of historical women. I draw upon my knowledge of art history, symbolism, and iconography to create rich stories about the women I paint. By projecting my own likeness into many of the portraits I create or by using models, I identify with the women I paint and explore my own sense of being an artist and woman in relation to accomplished women across centuries and cultures.

Here we see the pages from my newest artist book, I Wake Again, based on the life of Pre-Raphaelite artist and poet, Elizabeth Siddal. The poems are written by Kim Bridgford, who was a dear friend for 30 plus years. The pages are printed in lithography and the initial letter of each poem is done in silkscreen. The font of the poems is Morris Font. The ink color is graphite. I have reimagined key moments in Elizabeth’s life, such as her birth, her writing poetry, reading, painting, and her death. Each book contains red hair and has been bound by Maureen Cummins.

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