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Chard deNiordCHARD deNIORD is the author of four books of poetry, The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which was cited as one of the top ten books of poetry by the Boston Globe in 2011, Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003) and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). His new book of poems, Interstate, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall. Maxine Kumin, Jack Gilbert, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Robert Bly), Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets, was published by Marick Press in 2012. His poems have appeared in The Pushcart Prize, The Best Poems from Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, The Cortland Review, The Kenyon Review, AGNI, Salmagundi, The New Republic, Plume, Harvard Review, and Ploughshares. In 2002 he co-founded the New England College MFA Program in Poetry, which he directed until 2007. He is a Professor of English at Providence College and lives in Putney, Vermont.

Linda GregersonLINDA GREGERSON grew up in Illinois and received a BA from Oberlin College. She went on to earn an MA from Northwestern University, an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and her PhD from Stanford University. Her books of poetry include The Selvage (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012); Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin, 2007); Waterborne (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) – winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) – a finalist for both The Poet's Prize and the Lenore Marshall Award; and Fire in the Conservatory (Dragon Gate, 1982). She is also the author of literary criticism, including Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry (The University of Michigan Press, 2001); and The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Her awards and honors include The Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine, The Consuelo Ford Award from The Poetry Society of America, The Isabel MacCaffrey Award from The Spenser Society of America, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Gregerson teaches American Poetry and Renaissance Literature at the University of Michigan, where she also directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Thomas LuxTHOMAS LUX's latest collection latest collection is Child Made of Sand, (Houghton Mifflin 2012). Other books include God Particles, The Cradle Place; The Street of Clocks; New and Selected Poems: 1975-1995, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Blind Swimmer: Selected Early Poems: 1970-1975; and Split Horizon, winner of the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. His distinguished teaching career includes twenty-seven years on the writing faculty and as Director of the MFA Program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence. He has taught at Emerson College, Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, and other universities. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and recipient of three NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lux holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry and directs the McEver Visiting Writers Program at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Maurice ManningMAURICE MANNING's first book of poems, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (Yale University Press, 2001) was chosen by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Subsequent books include A Companion for Owls: Being the Commonplace Book of D. Boone, Lone Hunter, Back Woodsman, & c. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004); Bucolics (Houghton Mifflin, 2007); The Common Man (Houghton Mifflin , 2010) – a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; and The Gone and the Going Away (Houghton Mifflin, 2013). He has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Manning is a Professor of English at Transylvania University in Kentucky. He serves on the faculty in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College and the Sewanee Writing Conference. Born and raised in Kentucky, he often writes about the land and culture of his home. [read a recent article in The Kentucky Herald, for more about Maurice Manning.

's collections of poetry include The Second Blush: Poems (W. W. Norton & Co., 2008); Cornucopia (W. W. Norton & Co., 2002); Original Love (W. W. Norton & Co., 1995); Take Heart (Random House, 1989); Raw Heaven (Random House, 1984); and And Live Apart (The University of Missouri Press, 1980). She is also the author of prose, including How to Read a Poem, and Start a Poetry Circle (Riverhead Books, Penguin/ McClelland & Stewart, 1999) and her literary memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece (Riverhead Books, Penguin/ McClelland & Stewart, 1998). She is the editor of the anthology, The Private I: Privacy in a Public World (Graywolf Press, 2001), and co-editor of Poetry in Motion: 100 Poems from the Subways and Buses (W.W. Norton and Company, 1996). A President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America, she was an originator of Poetry in Motion, a program that places poems on placards in subways and buses. Peacock has been a Writer-in-Residence and teacher at numerous universities, and is currently a member of the graduate faculty of Spalding University's Brief Residency MFA Program, the Elliston Poet at the University of Cincinnati, and Lecturer at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y. She was an Honorary Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and served as Poet-in-Residence at The American Poets' Corner, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. She received awards from The Danforth Foundation, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Peacock has performed her one-woman show in poems, The Shimmering Verge, Off Broadway and throughout North America. She lives in Toronto.

Brenda ShaughnessyBRENDA SHAUGHNESSY was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California. She received her BA in Literature and Women's Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she earned an MFA at Columbia University. She is the author of Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008) – winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999) – which was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. She has also won a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her most recent collection of poetry is Our Andromeda, (Copper Canyon Press, September 2012). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Bomb, Boston Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. Shaughnessy is the recipient of a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission Artist Fellowship. She is the Poetry Editor at Tin House Magazine, and currently teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University and The Eugene Lang College at the New School.

Patricia SmithPATRICIA SMITH is the author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012) – winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets (given for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States each year), as well as Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008) – which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. She also authored Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press, 2006) – a 2005 National Poetry Series Selection; Close to Death (Zoland Books, 1993); Big Towns, Big Talk (Zoland Books, 1992) – which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award; and Life According to Motown (Tía Chucha Press, 1991). She is a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, and Best American Mystery Stories. She has written and performed two one-woman plays, one of which was produced by Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theater Workshop. She is a Cave Canem faculty member, teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, and is a Professor of Creative Writing at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island. She lives in Howell, New Jersey.

Robert WrigleyROBERT WRIGLEY grew up in Collinsville, Illinois, a coal mining town. He earned his BA (with honors) in English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University and his MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana. His collections of poetry include Beautiful Country (Penguin, 2010); Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006); Lives of the Animals (Penguin, 2003); Reign of Snakes (Penguin, 1999) – winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He also authored In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (Penguin, 1995) – winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and Lenore Marshall Award finalist; What My Father Believed (University of Illinois Press, 1991); Moon in a Mason Jar (The University of Illinois Press, 1986); and The Sinking of Clay City (Copper Canyon Press, 1979). Wrigley's awards and honors include fellowships from: The National Endowment for the Arts; The Idaho State Commission on the Arts; The Guggenheim Foundation; The J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize; The Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry Magazine; The Wagner Award from The Poetry Society of America, The Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest, and two Pushcart Prizes. He was the State of Idaho's Writer-in-Residence from 1987-1988, and taught at Lewis-Clark College, The University of Oregon, The University of Montana (as the Richard Hugo Chair in Poetry), and at Warren College. He is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho.


SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College. She received her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence e in 2002. Her poems have appeared in  Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, the NYT, Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, PLUME, Poetry London, Prairie Schooner, The Writer’s Almanac and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day,  among others. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. In 2008, she was invited to read at the “Love Poems Program” at the Library of Congress.  Her two books, Talking Underwater and Second Skin were published by Wind Publications in 2007 and 2010, respectively. More available on Sally at: , on Academy of American Poets, Writer's Almanac, From the, on PBS News Hour Weekly Poem, and Rattle. Find out more about Sally Bliumis-Dunn at

Nickole BrownNICKOLE BROWN’s books include her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems (Red Hen Press, 2007) and Fanny Says, a biography-in-poems of her grandmother to be published by BOA Editions in May 2015. She studied at Oxford University as an English Speaking Union Scholar, received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was an editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She worked at the independent literary press, Sarabande Books, for ten years and was a National Publicity Consultant for Arktoi Books. Currently, she teaches at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry. Find out more about Nickole Brown at

Ginger MurchisonGINGER MURCHISON together with Thomas Lux, founded POETRY at TECH, where she served as associate director five years and has been one of its McEver Visiting Chairs in Poetry since 2009. A three-time Pushcart nominee, she is a graduate of Warren Wilson's M.F.A. Program for Writers and Editor-in-Chief of the acclaimed Cortland Review. Her first chapbook of poems, Out Here, was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2008. She has published interviews with A.E. Stallings and Stephen Dobyns, and has poems published in Atlanta Review, Chattahoochee Review, Terminus Magazine, Poetry Kanto, and Mead and Connotations online.



Dana GioiaDANA GIOIA is poet, critic and an internationally recognized man of letters. He recently published his fourth volume of poems, Pity the Beautiful (Graywolf Press, 2012). This year, he was selected for the prestigious Aiken Taylor Award. His previous book of poems, Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf, 2001), won the American Book Award. He is an active translator of Latin, Italian, German, and Romanian poetry. A noted critic, Mr. Gioia has authored influential essays on American poetry. His book, Can Poetry Matter? (Graywolf, 1992), was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. A former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. He lives with his family in Sonoma County, CA.


Malcolm LondonMALCOLM LONDON has been called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West (Heron was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 80s). London is a young Chicago poet, educator, and activist. Malcolm appeared on PBS for the first TED Talk television program with John Legend and Bill Gates. He has shared stages with actor Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Lupe Fiasco as part of The People Speak, Live! Cast. He appears on Season 2 of TV One's Verses and Flow. Winner of The Louder than a Bomb Poetry Festival 2011, London took first place as individual and with his team. He has performed in venues across the country, with singer Robin Thicke, Carl Thomas, and Saul Williams. Malcolm is a member of UCAN's National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and he works with Northwestern Law School as a Know Your Rights Trainer for communities plagued with police misconduct. He is a teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors, where he visits schools and introduces their work to hundreds of students through writing workshops and performances.

Rachel McKibbensRACHEL McKIBBENS is a poet, activist, playwright, and essayist – as well as a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. She is the author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009). Regarded as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, McKibbens is a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage. She is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, and coached the New York LouderARTS Poetry Slam Team to three consecutive final stage appearances. She is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam Individual Champion. For four years, McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, and continues to teach poetry and creative writing. She also lectures across the country as an advocate for mental illness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse. Her poems, short stories, essays and creative non-fiction have been featured in numerous journals and blogs, including Her Kind, The Los Angeles Review, The Best American Poetry Blog, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, The London Magazine, The Acentos Review, World Literature Today, Radius, and The American Poetry Journal.