Aaron Belz is the author of The Bird Hoverer (2007), Lovely, Raspberry (2010), and Glitter Bomb (2014). He earned a BA from Covenant College, an MA in creative writing from New York University, and a PhD in English from Saint Louis University. His poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Mudfish, Jacket, Fine Madness, and Fence, and has been included in several anthologies. He has taught English and creative writing at Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Providence Christian College. For more information about Aaron Belz, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Elizabeth Bradfield, the author of two previous poetry collections, including Approaching Ice (finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets) is a naturalist who works around the globe. She is also founder and co-editor of Broadsided Press. For more information about Elizabeth Bradfield, visit www.ebradfield.com.
Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA in poetry. For more information about Molly McCully Brown, visit www.mollymccullybrown.com.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of Apocalyptic Swing (2009), The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (2005), and Rocket Fantastic, all from Persea Books. She is the senior poetry editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information about Gabrielle Calvocoressi, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Laura Cronk’s first book of poems Having Been an Accomplice won the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize from Persea Books. Her work has appeared in the Best American Poetry Series and in many journals such as Barrow Street, Ecotone, RealPoetik, and WSQ. She coordinates the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy at The New School in Manhattan and is the poetry editor for The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food. For many years she curated the Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB Bar. For more information about Laura Cronk, visit www.lauracronk.com/.
Aleš Debeljak (1961-2016) was a poet and essayist whose recent non-fiction includes The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and European Postcommunism (2004), Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and its Historical Forms (1998) both from Rowman & Littlefield, and Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia (White Pine, 1994). His volumes of poetry include Dictionary of Silence (Lumen, 1999), Anxious Moments (1995), and The City and the Child (1999), both from White Pine Press. Debeljak’s work is translated internationally and he was awarded the Slovenian National Book Award, the Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize (Tel Aviv), and the Chiqu Poetry Prize (Tokyo).
Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Art History at the University of Virginia, where she also took poetry workshops with Charles Wright, Rita Dove, and Greg Orr. She went on to earn her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has published three books of poems, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008) and Tongue Screw (Sparkwheel Press, 2016). Her fourth collection, Thrust won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize at Persea Books and will be published in 2017. For more information about Heather Derr-Smith, visit www.heatherderrsmith.com.
Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of Sightseer and Paper Doll Fetus, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Director’s Guest fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. For more information about Cynthia Marie Hoffman, visit www.cynthiamariehoffman.com.
Anne Marie Macari is the author of four books of poetry, including Gloryland (Alice James Books, 2005), Ivory Cradle (American Poetry Review, 2000), She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House Press, 2008), and most recently, Red Deer (Persea Books 2017). For more information about Anne Marie Macari, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Randall Mann is the author of Complaint in the Garden (2004), which won the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry; Breakfast with Thom Gunn (2009), finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the California Book Award; Straight Razor (2013), also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; and Proprietary (2017). He is co-author of the textbook Writing Poems (2007). Mann received the 2013 J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry. For more information about Randall Mann, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Shane McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, including Mule (2011), Blood (2013), and The Animal Too Big to Kill (2015); his work has also been featured in The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler. His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Spalding University and at Oberlin College. For more information about Shane McCrae, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Susannah Nevison is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Teratology (Persea Books, 2015), the recipient of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Her honors include the 2014 Patricia Aakhus Prize from Southern Indiana Review, the 2013 American Literary Review Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets/Larry Levis Prize, and recent Pushcart Prize nominations in both poetry and nonfiction. For more information about Susannah Nevison, visit www.susannahnevison.com.
Amy Newman is the author of five collections of poems, most recently On This Day in Poetry History (Persea Books). Her other books include Dear Editor, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, fall, Camera Lyrica, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and her first book, Order, or Disorder, which received the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. Newman has received fellowships in poetry from the MacDowell Colony and the Ohio and Illinois Arts Councils. For more information about Amy Newman, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Kate Northrop’s collections of poetry include Clean (2011), Things are Disappearing Here (2007), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was also a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, and Back Through Interruption (2002), which won Kent State University Press’s Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. A contributing editor for The American Poetry Review, Northrop has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as well as the Paumanok Poetry Award and the American Academy of Poets Prize. For more information about Kate Northrop, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Patrick Rosal is the author of four books of poetry: Boneshepherds (2011); My American Kundiman (2006), which received a Poetry/Prose Award from the Association for Asian American Studies; Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003), winner of the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; and Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea, 2016). In 2009, Rosal was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to the Philippines. In 2017, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. For more information about Patrick Rosal, visit www.patrickrosal.com.
Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, including Glass Town (Red Hen Press, 1999), Blue Venus (Persea, 2004), Satin Cash (Persea, 2008), Vanitas, Rough (Persea, 2012), and Orexia (Persea, 2017). She is the editor of Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson, Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems, and All that Mighty Heart: London Poems. A collection of her essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry, was published by Drunken Boat Media in 2013. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, an All University Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry, and the 2013-2014 Faculty Award of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. For more information about Lisa Russ Spaar, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.