Maureen Alsop , Ph.D. is the author of Tender to Empress; Pyre; Later, Knives & Trees; Mirror Inside Coffin; Mantic; Apparition Wren (also a Spanish Edition, Reyezuelo Aparición, translated by Mario Domínguez Parra); and several chapbooks including Sweetwater Ardour; Nightingale Habit; and the dream and the dream you spoke.

She is the winner of the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award through the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry, The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award, among others. Her poetry was recently shortlisted for Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, DIAGRAM, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, Memorious, The Kenyon Review, Typo Magazine and featured on Verse Daily.

She has a debut short story forthcoming with South Dakota Review.

Her translations of the poetry of Juana de Ibarbourou (Uruguay, 1892-1979) and Mario Domínguez Parra are available through Poetry Salzburg Review.

She teaches online with the Poetry Barn. She is a Book Review Editor and Associate Poetry Editor at Poemeleon. She holds a MFA from Vermont College.

Jane Blanchard A native Virginian, Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her collections with Kelsay Books include Never Enough Already (2021), Sooner or Later (2022), and Metes and Bounds (2023).

Barbara Lydecker Crane's fourth collection, You Will Remember Me, 65 ekphrastic sonnets, along with 55 color reproductions, will be published by Able Muse Press.

Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on New Zealand's Kapiti Coast. She is a science editor who has gone over to the dark side and writes only poems now—her work is in journals in New Zealand, the US, Australia, the UK and Canada. Recent books: Fish Stories: Ghazals and glosas (Canterbury University Press) and Body Politic: Nature poems (The Cuba Press, Wellington).

Barbara Crooker is author of twelve chapbooks and nine full-length books of poetry. Some Glad Morning, Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Poetry Press, longlisted for the Julie Suk award from Jacar Press, is her latest. Her previous collection, The Book of Kells, won the Best Poetry Book of 2019 Award from Poetry by the Sea. Her other awards include: Grammy Spoken Word Finalist, the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council fellowships in literature. Her work appears in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies, including: Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She has been the recipient of residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, in Annamaghkerrig, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

Sarah-Jane’s art and poetry is inspired by fairytales, nature and her personal emotional landscape. It is informed by ideas of accidental trespass, surrealism and romanticism. Her collages transform images and artefacts from historical popular culture into surreal, theatrical dreamscapes. She works with a mixture of analogue and digital collage techniques and hopes to create small enigmatic treasures that people might find beautiful.Sarah-Jane's images and text can be seen in various UK and US journals, including The Adroit Journal, Rattle, Waxwing Literary Journal, Petrichor, Sugar House Review and Iron Horse Literary Review. She was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation ‘Touchstone’ award in 2020 and for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Award in 2015. You can find her on Twitter @Sarahjfc, Instagram @Sarah_jfc or on her website at .

Claudia Gary teaches workshops on Villanelle, Sonnet, Natural Meter, Persona Poems, Poetry vs. Trauma, etc., at The Writer's Center (writer.org), currently via Zoom. Author of Humor Me (2006) and several chapbooks, most recently Genetic Revisionism (2019), she is also a health science writer, visual artist, and composer of tonal chamber music and art songs. Her chapbooks are available via the email address at pw.org/content/claudia_gary. Her 2022 article on setting poems to music, is at straightlabyrinth.info/conference.html.

Julia Griffin lives in south-east Georgia., where she teaches Renaissance English literature. She has published in Light and other online magazines; she is delighted to be publishing in Mezzo Cammin for a second time.

Mia Schilling Grogan is an Associate Professor of English at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She is a medievalist who works in the areas of hagiography, prayer, and women's spiritual writing. Her poetry has recently appeared in America, First Things, Light, The Windhover, and Presence.

Kathryn Jacobs is a nomad who lives in an RV; she is also editor of The Road Not Taken, A Journal of Formal Poetry. Her latest book, A Life Lived Differently, was published in October by Better Than Starbucks and co-written by her daughter Rachel, writing as Dan's mother. She has five previous books of poetry and a schoalrly book, Marriage Contracts from Chaucer to the Renaissance Stage, published by the University Press of Florida. Her poems have been published by numerous journals, from Mezzo Cammin, Measure, Blue Unicorn and The New Formalist.

The winner of the 2022 Cider Press Review Book Award for Inheritance with a High Error Rate (January 2024), Jen Karetnick is the author of 10 additional poetry collections, including the chapbook What Forges Us Steel: The Judge Judy Poems (Alternating Current Press, July 2024). The co-founder and managing editor of SWWIM Every Day, she has forthcoming work in Bellevue Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, Harpur Palate, Plume Poetry Journal, Shenandoah, and South Dakota Review. See jkaretnick.com or visit her on Instagram at JenKaretnick or on Twitter at Kavetchnik.

Jean L. Kreiling is the prize-winning author of three collections of poetry: Shared History (2022), Arts & Letters & Love (2018), and The Truth in Dissonance (2014). She is an Associate Poetry Editor for Able Muse: A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art and a longtime member of the Powow River Poets; she lives on the coast of Massachusetts.

Jenna Le (jennalewriting.com) is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Indolent Books, 2017), an Elgin Awards Second Place winner, voted on by the international membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and Manatee Lagoon (Acre Books, 2022). She was selected by Marilyn Nelson as winner of Poetry By The Sea's inaugural sonnet competition. Her poems appear in AGNI, Verse Daily, West Branch, and many other journals. She has a B.A. in mathematics and an M.D. and works as a physician and educator in New York City.

Kathleen McClung is the author of four poetry collections: A Juror Must Fold in on Herself, winner of the 2020 Rattle Chapbook Prize, Temporary Kin, The Typists Play Monopoly and Almost the Rowboat. Winner of the Morton Marr, Maria W. Faust, and Rita Dove national poetry prizes, her work appears in a variety of journals and anthologies. From 2021-23 she served as guest editor for The MacGuffin, a print literary journal based in Michigan. She also served as associate director of the Soul-Making Keats literary competition and judged the contest's sonnet category. In 2018-2019 she was a writer-in-residence at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Kathleen teaches literature and writing classes at Skyline College in San Bruno and directed the Women on Writing conference there for ten years. She also teaches privately and at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in San Francisco. Visit her website at www.kathleenmcclung.com

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.

Leslie Schultz (Northfield, Minnesota www.winonamedia.net) has five collections of poetry, and has published in many journals, including Able Muse, Blue Unicorn, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Light, Mezzo Cammin, MockingHeart Review, Naugatuck River Review, North Dakota Quarterly, One Art, Poet Lore, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Madison Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The Orchards, The Wayfarer, and Tipton Poetry Review. She serves as a judge for the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.

Natalie Staples holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. Her work has appeared in National Public Radio, Literary Matters, Birmingham Poetry Review, Able Muse, Terrain.org, and SWWIM Every Day. She serves as the Poetry Editor for Northwest Review.

Kathrine Varnes is the author of a book of poems, The Paragon (2005), and co-editor with Annie Finch of the still-in-print An Exaltation of Forms (2002). Forthcoming and recent works include a poem in the summer issue of Assisi and a series of poems in the voice of a vampire (!) for Isis (2022), an independent feature film directed by Diana Rodriguez. Her epitaph will probably read "Just a minute, I need to finish this thought." Varnes teaches poetry to the wonderfully creative students at SUNY's Fashion Institute in Manhattan and lives in Larchmont, New York.

Joyce Wilson is editor of The Poetry Porch, a literary magazine on the Internet since 1997. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, among them The Alabama Literary Review, The Lyric, and Poetry Ireland. Her chapbook The Need for a Bridge and a full-length collection Take and Receive were both published in 2019. She presented "On Spring Valley Road," a call and response poem at the Spring Valley AME Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, on June 18, 2022, to commemorate its restoration. A recent selection of poems The Springhouse 3 (2023) is available through The Poetry Porch. Her poem "The Other and the One" won the Roberts Memorial Prize with The Lyric in 2022.

Recent publications by Marly Youmans include: the long poem Seren of the Wildwood (Wiseblood Books, 2023); novel Charis in the World of Wonders (Ignatius Press, 2020); and poetry collection The Book of the Red King (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing, 2019.) www.thepalaceat2.blogspot.com


The latest addition to the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Database is Rachel Wetzsteon by Patricia Behrens. The Poetry by the Sea Conference is scheduled next year from May 21-24.

Maureen Alsop:I often create visual art as a memorialization to the closure of a written work. However, many of these visual pieces arrived as a trajectory while writing a larger 'work-in-progress.' The text within the visual poems do not speak to the content of the larger work but are autonomous, acting as bridge between the written and visual bodies. The original text draws upon ghosts in the hall of battles. It is a glittering solar analemma, an unattested revolution, an infinity reflected in ellipses, omissions, and disintegration. A full collection representing many of these images came to fruition recently in Tender to Empress (Wet Cement Press). Yet the act of creating from text continues, as the digital collages here also include newer works based on miscellaneous notes, old emails, and most recently a short story, "The Unnamed Woman of Mary River" (forthcoming at South Dakota Review). The title to these are based on cargo ships which I pass on my daily commute from island to mainland. These small cities of people, afloat for weeks on end out at sea, are a looming story that embarks and disembarks in my imagination.

The visual poems are crafted under the mechanics of "Écriture Féminine," literally "women's writing." These principals advance a feminine perspective. I write from parallels, cyclical slips through stream of conscious and fragmentary processes. The writing exists as rough erotic. As talisman. Interpersonal in their ruptures and syntax, soft in their discomforts; a splintered narrative. Through writing, I can go anywhere and never be found.

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