Betty Adcock is the author of five books of poems from LSU, most recently Intervale: New and Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and winner of the 2003 Poets’ Prize. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001-2002, and in 2005 she was awarded the Hanes Prize by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She teaches at Meredith College and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Pamela Alexander’s third collection of poems, Inland (Iowa, 1997), won an Iowa Poetry Prize; her first, Navigable Waterways (1985), won the 1984 Yale Younger Poet award. Commonwealth of Wings (1991), a sequence in the persona of John James Audubon, was published by Wesleyan University Press. She was a contributing poetry editor for the Boston Book Review from 1993 until 2000. She teaches and co-directs the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College. (2002)
Sherman Alexie is the author of twenty-one books of poetry and prose, most recently Face (poems, Hanging Loose, 2009) and War Dances (poems and stories, Grove, 2009). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown, 2007) won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.Several of his new poems appear in Smartish Pace Issues 16 & 19. 
Joel Allegretti is the author of The Plague Psalms (The Poet’s Press, 2000); Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006; Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010) and Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012). His poetry was the basis of two song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy. His poems appear in Smartish Pace Issue 19. 
Dick Allen’s sixth and seventh collections are The Day Before (2003) and Present Vanishing (2008), both from Sarabande. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry (Scribner) five times. He lives in Trumbull, Connecticut. (2009)
Greg Allendorf is an MFA candidate at Purdue University. Smartish Pace is the first to publish his poem, in Issue 18. [bio updated 2011]
Rick Alley is a professor at Tidewater Community College. His poems have appeared in Willow Springs, Mid-American Review, Mudfish, Poetry East and Graffiti Rag. He is the winner of both the Academy of American Poets/Joseph Langland Award (U. of Massachusetts) and the Plainsongs Poetry Award. His book, Talking Book of July, was published in 1997 by Eastern Washington University Press. (2001)
Oscar Amaya was born in El Salvador on the shortest day of the year (September 21). He was educated at Trininty College in Deerfield, IL and DePaul University. He lives in Gurnee, IL. (1999)
Anamika teaches English at Satyawati College, Delhi University. She is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Khurduri Hatheliyan (Radhakrishna Prakashan, New Delhi, 2005) and Doob-Dhan (Bharatiya Gyan Peeth, New Delhi, 2007). She has received the following awards for her poetry: Bharat Bhushan (1996), Girija Mathur Samman (1998), Sahityakar Samman (1998), Parampara Smman (2001) and Sahityakar Samman (2004). Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
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Katherine Lucas Anderson is the author of a chapbook, Greek Revival (Olive Branch, 2006). She was awarded second prize in the 2007 Keats-Shelley Prize (United Kingdom). A graduate of Kenyon College and Harvard Divinity School, she has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York United Arts Fund Fellowship. (2009)
Ralph Angel is the author of four books of poetry, including Neither World (Miami, 1995), Twice Removed (Sarabande, 2001), winner of the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets, and Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006 (Sarabande, 2006), winner of the 2007 PEN USA Poetry Award. He also translated Federico García Lorca's collection, Poema del cante jondo [Poem of the Deep Song]. Other recent awards include a gift from the Elgin Cox Trust, a Pushcart Prize, a Gertrude Stein Award, the Willis Barnstone Poetry Translation Prize, a Fulbright Foundation fellowship and the Bess Hokin Award of the Modern Poetry Association. [bio updated 2011]
Matt Anserello is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University. His work has appeared in Bat City Review, Phoebe and Versal.
Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California, in 1947, and raised in San Diego. She holds a bachelor's degree from Berkeley and a master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. While attending Berkeley she studied with Denise Levertov and made friends with Ron Silliman and others who would eventually be connected with the San Francisco group of Language Poets of the late 1980s.
She is the author of a dozen books of poetry including Money Shot (2011); Versed (2009), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award; Next Life (2007), a New York Times Most Notable Book of 2007; Up to Speed (2004), a PEN USA Award Finalist; and Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001), also a PEN USA Award Finalist; all published by Wesleyan University Press. She is the author of a prose memoir, True, which was published by Atelos in 1998.
Armantrout is a professor of writing in the literature department at the University of California, San Diego. Some of her papers before 1990 are held by the Stanford University Archives; all papers since then, and some early juvenilia, are held by the Archive for New Poetry at the University of California, San Diego.
She participated in Poets Q&A (September 7, 2011).
Elizabeth Arnold’s third collection of poems is a book-length sequence entitled Effacement (Flood Editions, 2010). She won fellowships from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, the Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She has also received a Whiting Writers’ Award. Arnold is on the MFA faculty at the University of Maryland and lives outside Washington, D.C. A video of Arnold’s 2009 Smartish Pace reading appears at www.smartishpace.com. [bio updated 2011]
Craig Arnold's second book of poems, Made Flesh, was published by Ausable Press in 2008. He taught at the University of Wyoming. His work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. A video of Craig reading a poem from Smartish Pace appears in our media section (2009).
Priscilla Atkins has published her poems in many periodicals, including Epoch, Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, The Carolina Quarterly and The North American Review. Cathy Song recently nominated Ms. Atkins’ work for Ploughshares’ emerging writers issue. She lives in Holland, Michigan. (2004)
Amanda Auchter was a finalist in the Atlanta Review 2004 International Poetry Competition and received the 2004 Howard Moss Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Bellevue Literary Review, Born Magazine, Cimarron Review and Phoebe. She edits Pebble Lake Review. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Edmund August is Executive Director of the Kentucky Writers’ Coalition. His poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Poetry, The Nebraska Review, The Louisville Review and Smartish Pace, Issue 2. He teaches American Literature at McKendree College in Louisville. (2002)