Audrey Rooney, three times a Kentucky resident, now living in Lexington, recalls a life filled with words. Her mother was a published poet active in Cleveland, where Audrey was born in 1938. An October baby, she heard "October's Bright Blue Weather" every birthday and learned her alphabet sitting on the living room floor perplexed by gold letters on Britannica spines: RAYN to SAAR, SARS to SORC. Her dad promised her a dollar for memorizing them all and she did. As a journalist she has published in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Kentucky. She is a trained soprano and her watercolors and drawings hang in collections in this country and abroad.
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Frank X Walker
Multidisciplinary artist and Danville, Kentucky native Frank X Walker is the former Poet Laureate of Kentucky and Professor in the department of English and the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. The founding editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture
is a Cave Canem Fellow, co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, and the author of seven collections of poetry, including Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers,
winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for best poetry collection. The Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry recipient is the originator of the word, Affrilachia, and wholly committed to deconstructing and forging a new definition of a pluralistic Appalachia.
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Roberta Beary is the haibun editor of Modern Haiku;
she tweets her photoku @shortpoemz. Her book The Unworn Necklace
was named a William Carlos Williams Finalist by the Poetry Society of America in 2008, the First such honor for a book of haiku. A frequent judge of haiku and haibun contests, she travels worldwide to give workshops
on the art of the short poem. Her poetry is featured in the reference work A Companion to Poetic Genre
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and in
the anthology Haiku In English The First Hundred Years
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Barbara Goldberg is the author of four prize-winning books of poetry, including The Royal Baker's Daughter,
winner of the Felix Pollak Poetry Award. She is the translator of Scorched by the Sun,
poems by the Israeli poet Moshe Dor. The two selected and translated four anthologies of contemporary Israeli poetry. Goldberg received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as awards in translation, fiction and speechwriting. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, Paris Review, Poetry
and elsewhere, Goldberg is the series editor of the Word Works' International Imprint.
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Born in Russia, A. Molotkov moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. Published or accepted by The Kenyon Review, Mad Hatters Review, 2River, Perihelion, Word Riot, Identity Theory, Pif,
and many more, Molotkov is winner of New Millennium Writings and Koeppel fiction contests, and a poetry chapbook contest for his True Stories from the Future.
He co-edits The Inflectionist Review
and serves on the Board of Directors of Oregon Poetry Association. Molotkov's new translation of a Chekhov story was included by Knopf in their Everyman Series.
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Lynnell Edwards is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Covet
(Red Hen Press, 2011). Her short fiction and book reviews have also appeared widely in such literary journals as Pleiades, American Book Review, New Madrid,
and The Connecticut Review.
She is Associate Professor of English at Spalding University, and prior to that, a faculty member at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Lynnell is a graduate of Centre College, the center of the glass-blowing universe in Kentucky.
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Lori A. May
Lori A. May writes across the genres, road-trips half the year, and drinks copious amounts of coffee. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, Writer's Digest, Brevity, Midwestern Gothic,
and The Writer.
Her editorial roles have included working with Kaylie Jones Books, Creative Nonfiction,
and other independent presses. She is also the founding editor of Poets' Quarterly.
Lori is a graduate of the Wilkes University MFA program, where she was awarded the Norris Church Mailer Fellowship. She teaches in the University of King's College creative nonfiction MFA program and is a frequent guest speaker at writing conferences and residencies across North America.
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Tom C. Hunley
Tom C. Hunley is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University and the director of Steel Toe Books. Among his previous books are The Poetry Gymnasium
(McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012); Annoyed Grunt
(Imaginary Friend Press, 2012); Greatest Hits
(Pudding House, 2010, Gold Invitational Series); Octopus
(Logan House, 2008, Winner of the Holland Prize); Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach
(Multilingual Matters LTD., 2007, New Writing Viewpoints Series); My Life as a Minor Character
(Pecan Grove, 2005, winner of a national chapbook contest); Still, There's a Glimmer
(WordTech Editions, 2004); and The Tongue
(Wind Publications, 2004). He divides his time between Kansas and Oz.
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Morgan Adams was born and raised in a bookstore in Lexington, Kentucky and wrote her own first "book" at the age of five. She graduated from Berea College and earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Indiana University. Her work often draws upon myth, folklore, and family history.
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tina andry is a writer/poet. she has had her work published in bigger than they appear: anthology of very short poems.
she is originally from new orleans, louisiana but currently resides in lexington, kentucky with her two children. she is fond of spiders and secret pacts. she really enjoys being herself.
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Sarah Freligh is the author of Sort of Gone
(Turning Point Books, 2008). Her work has appeared in The Sun
, Barn Owl Review
, Cimarron Review
, Iowa Woman
, Third Coast
, Tar River Poetry
, and Painted Bride Quarterly
and on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac." Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a poetry grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006, and an Artist's Exchange grant from the New York State Council for the Arts in 1997. She is a visiting assistant professor of English and creative writing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
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Suchoon Mo is a Korean War veteran and a retired academic living in the semiarid part of Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and taught at the University of Detroit and Colorado State University. He is the author of a number of scholarly papers and articles. His poems have been published in The Battered Suitcase
, The Bitter Oleander
, Dissident Editions
, Hobo Camp Review
, Journal of Truth and Consequence
, Lucid Rhythms
, Mad Hatters' Review
, Message in a Bottle
, The Muse
, The Ranfurly Review
, Spillway Review
, The Tower Journal
and others. His music compositions have also appeared in a number of publications.
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Patty Paine is the author of Feral
(Imaginary Friend Press), Elegy & Collapse
(Finishing Line Press), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry
(Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press). Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, The Atlanta Review, Gulf Stream, The Journal
and many other publications. She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal
, and is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar where she teaches writing and literature, and is assistant director of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
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Frederick Smock is associate professor of English at Bellarmine University, where he received the 2005 Wyatt
Faculty Award. He has published four previous collections of poems with Larkspur Press. He is also the author of Craft-talk: On Writing Poems
, and Pax Intrantibus: A Meditation on the Poetry of Thomas Merton
. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review
, The Hudson Review
, The Louisville Review
, The Merton Journal (UK)
, Poetry East
, and other journals.
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Greg Pape is the author of nine books, including Border Crossings
, Black Branches
, Storm Pattern
(University of Pittsburgh Press), Sunflower Facing the Sun
, winner of the Edwin Ford Piper Prize (University of Iowa Press), and American Flamingo
, winner of a Crab Orchard Open Competition Award (Southern Illinois University Press). His poems have been published widely in such magazines and literary reviews as The Atlantic
, Iowa Review
, The New Yorker
, Northwest Review
, and Poetry
. He has received the Discovery/The Nation Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, the Richard Hugo Memorial Poetry Award, and his poems have been featured on NPR and read by Garrison Keillor on The Writers' Almanac. He teaches at the University of Montana, and in the Brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University. Greg served as Poet Laureate of Montana from 2007 to 2009.
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Bobby Steve Baker
Bobby Steve Baker was born in Ontario, Canada in 1951, but has lived and practiced cosmetic surgery in Lexington, Kentucky for many years. He holds an MFA degree in Poetry from National University and has published in various literary journals, including Ann Arbor Review
, Boston Literary Magazine
, and Grey Sparrow Journal
. In 2009, his poetry in tinfoildresses
was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Bobby grew up in a home where poetry was ever-present but began to write seriously only in the past few years.
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Nana Lampton earned a BA in English literature at Wellesley, and an MA at the University of Virginia, and she attended programs at the Harvard Business School. In 2004, she received an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. Nana has also studied drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of Art and the Louisville Visual Art Association. Nana's other publications include the books Snowy Owl Gathers in Her Trove
, and Moon with the Sun in Her Eye
. Her art and poetry have been exhibited at the Chapman Friedman Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Northwoods Gallery in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin, among others.
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Matthew Haughton was born in Colorado in 1977. At an early age, his family returned to eastern Kentucky, where his lineage stretches back over a century in the region. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Most recently, he was a finalist in the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning's Next Great Writer Competition. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines such as Kentucky Monthly
, Still: The Journal
, and The Heartland Review
. This is his first published collection of poems. He lives and works as an artist and educator in Lexington Kentucky.
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E.C. Belli is a poet and translator. Her translation of I, Little Asylum
, a short novel by Emmanuelle Guattari, was released by Semiotext(e) for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and The Nothing Bird
, her translation of some selected poems by Pierre Peuchmaurd, appeared with Oberlin College Press (Fall 2013). She is the recipient of a 2010 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in VERSE, AGNI, Colorado Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Antioch Review,
. Work in French has appeared in Europe: revue littéraire mensuelle
(France), among others. She is an editor at Argos Books.
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Barry George is a regular contributor to leading international haiku journals. His poems have been published in Japanese, French, German, and Romanian translations; and have appeared in the anthologies A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku
and The New Haiku
, as well as seven of the annual Best Haiku collections published by Red Moon Press. A recipient of the 2009 AWP Intro Poets Awards, he has also won numerous Japanese short-form competitions, including the Gerald R. Brady Contest and The Mainichi Daily News Contest
. He has twice been a featured poet at the Robert Frost Poetry Festival in Key West. A graduate of Spalding University's MFA in Writing program, he lives and teaches in Philadelphia.
Jude Lally writes and recites poetry as an outlet for his creative needs and as a means of enlightening, inspiring, engaging and entertaining listeners. Fortunately, Jude's main source of inspiration in his writing is easily accessible; unfortunately, so many places in the world are not: in 1998 Jude was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative neuromuscular disease called Friedrich's Ataxia. Jude received a BA in Business Administration in May of 2006. Jude is a member of the poetry group Poezia, occasionally attends The Poet's Supper and the Artcroft writer's group outside of Carlisle, KY, and is a regular presenter at the Holler Poets series events.