Aaron Baker received an MFA from the University of Virginia in 2001 and completed a two-year Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He lives in Charlottesville, VA, and teaches in the creative writing program at Hollins University. He won the 2009 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers for his book Mission Work (Houghon Mifflin, 2008). Smartish Pace was one of the first magazines to publish Baker's work. [bio updated 2009]
JoAnn Balingit’s poems have most recently appeared in Salt Hill, Pearl, can we have our ball back? and DIAGRAM’s second print anthology (Del Sol Press, 2006). She has received a fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts and teaches poetry at The Wellness Community, an organization supporting cancer patients. She is a doctoral candidate in Education at the University of Delaware. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 13. [bio updated 2006]
Barry Ballard’s most recent collections of poetry are First Probe to Antarctica (Bright Hill, 2001) and Plowing to the End of the Road (Finishing Line, 2002). He won 3rd Place in the 2002 Erskine J. Poetry Prize. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issues 3, 7 and 12.
Bang, Mary Jo
Walter Bargen is the author of eight books of poetry, including Harmonic Balance (Timberline, 2001). In 1997 he won the Chester H. Jones Foundation poetry prize. (2002)
Coleman Barks is the author of four books of poetry including, most recently, Gourd Seed (Maypop, 1993). He has also translated sixteen volumes of Jelaluddin Rumi into English, culminating in the bestselling Essential Rumi (Harper Collins, 1995) and inclusion in the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces (Norton, 1999). He has received the Guy Owen Poetry Prize from the Southern Poetry Review and the Pushcart Writer’s Choice Award, Small Press Category. He taught poetry and creative writing in various universities for thirty-four years. He is now Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia. (2001)
Aliki Barnstone is the author of five books of poetry including Blue Earth (Iris, 2004), Wild With It (Sheep Meadow, 2002), a National Books Critics Circle Notable Book, and The Real Tin Flower (Macmillan, 1968; introduced by Anne Sexton and published when she was twelve years old). Her translation, The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy, was published by Norton in 2006. She has two books forthcoming in 2007: Pique (Sheep Meadow, poems), and her study, Changing Rapture: The Development of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry (New England). Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Rick Barot is the author of The Darker Fall (2002) and Want (2008), both from Sarabande. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches both at Pacific Lutheran University and in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His poems appear in Smartish Pace, Issue 16. (2009)
Dorothy Barresi is the author of three books of poetry, including The Post-Rapture Diner (Pittsburgh, 1996), which won the American Book Award, and Rouge Pulp (Pittsburgh, 2002). She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship and Grand Prize in the Los Angeles Poetry Festival Fin de Millennium Poetry Competition. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at California State University, Northridge. (2004)
Douglas Basford's chapbook, Our Humor (2008), will be published by Rager Media. He lives in Baltimore, teaches at The Johns Hopkins University, and edits the online poetry journal, www.unsplendid.com. His work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Claire Bateman lives in Greenville, SC, and teaches at the Fine Arts Center. Clumsy (New Issues, 2003) and Leap (New Issues, 2005) are the most recent of her five books. She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the NEA and the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as a Surdna Fellowship. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Liz Beasley is an MFA student at Bowling Green State University where she teaches English and Creative Writing and works as an Assistant Editor for Mid-American Review. Her poems have appeared in Cottonwood, Epoch, Phoebe and The Lincoln Review. (2000)
Beaumont, Jeanne Marie
Jeanne Marie Beaumont’s first book, Placebo Effects (Norton, 1997), was selected for the National Poetry Series by William Matthews. New work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Witness, Double Take, Rattapallax, New American Writing, and Manhattan Review. She teaches at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and lives in Manhattan. (2002)
Robin Becker is the author of five books of poetry, including The Horse Fair (Pittsburgh, 2000). Her honors include the 1997 Virginia Faulkner Prize for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner, and fellowships from the Mary Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and the NEA. She serves as Poetry Editor for the Women’s Review of Books and is Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. (2002)
Aaron Belz lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX, 2007) and Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010); a third is forthcoming from Persea. He read for Smartish Pace at CAM Raleigh on November 16, 2012 and at Copy Cat in Baltimore on April 13, 2013 (see media section for videos). [bio updated 2013]
Bruce Bennett is Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing and Director of the Wells College Book Arts Center at Wells College. A co-founder and former Editor of both Ploughshares and Field, and now a Associate Editor at State Street Press, he has reviewed contemporary poetry for the New York Times Book Review, The Nation and Harvard Review. He is the author of nineteen collections of poetry with Separations (Clandestine Press) and Bruce Bennett: Greatest Hits 1962-2000 (Pudding House Publishing) forthcoming in 2001. Navigating the Distances (Orchises Press, 1999) was selected by Booklist as one of the “Top 10 Poetry Books” of 1999. He lives in Aurora, New York. (2001)
Rachel Bennett has a BA in English from Grinnell College, where she won two Whitcomb Poetry Prizes judged by Gerald Stern and James Galvin, and she is an alumna of the Iowa Writers' Workshop Irish Writing Program in Dublin. Her poetry has appeared in Avocet, Big City Lit, Blood Lotus, Buffalo Carp, Rhapsoidia and The Portland Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. [bio updated 2011]
Jacqueline Berger is the author of The Mythologies of Danger (Bluestem, 1997)—recipient of the Bluestem Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award—and Things That Burn (Utah, 2005), chosen by Mark Strand for the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry. She is the Director of the Master of Arts in English Program at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Her work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
David Bergman is the author of two books of poetry, Cracking the Code (Ohio State, 1985), which won the George Elliston Poetry Prize, as well as Heroic Measures (Ohio State, 1998). This year Sheep Meadow Press will publish The Selected Poems of Jean Sénac, which Bergman translated with Katia Sainson. He teaches at Towson University. [bio updated 2011]
Ben Berman has received honors from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and has recent poems in Drunken Boat and South Loop Review. He teaches poetry with Grub Street Writers in Boston. [bio updated 2011]
Susan Bernofsky is the translator of books by Robert Walser, Gregor von Rezzori, Yoko Tawada, Peter Szondi, Ludwig Harig and Jenny Erpenbeck. Her next book, Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe, is forthcoming in the Kritik Series from Wayne State University Press in March 2005. (2004)
Amrita Bharati has six collections of poems, and has translated the poems of Sri Aurobindo. She holds a PhD in Sanskrit from Banaras Hindu University. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Ian Bickford lives in Astoria, New York, where he works of the public library. He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley where his poems were published in The Berkeley Poetry Review and The Sycamore Review. (2003)
Lucy Biederman is an MFA candidate at George Mason University. Her poetry has appeared in Front Porch, Gargoyle, New Delta Review and TYPO. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) authored eight books of poetry, including North & South (Houghton Mifflin, 1946), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and The Complete Poems (FSG, 1969), winner of the National Book Award. One Art: Letters, Bishop's selected letters, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1995. The letters that appear in Issue 18 of Smartish Pace are excerpted from Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011. Copyright © 2011 by the Alice H. Methfessel Trust. Selection copyright © 2011 by Joelle Biele. All rights reserved. [bio updated 2011]
Adrian Blevins' The Brass Girl Brouhaha was published by Ausable Press in 2003 and won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She received a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction and a Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (1996). She teaches at Colby College. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Don Bogen is the author of four books of poetry, most recently An Algebra (Chicago, 2009). The Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati, he recently spent a term as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry of Queen’sUniversity Belfast. [bio updated 2013]
Michelle Boisseau is the author of three books of poetry including Understory (Northeastern, 1996). She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize every year since 1986, and is Professor of English at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. (2001)
Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1944, to diplomat Frederick Boland and artist Frances Kelly. She was educated in London, New York, and Dublin and has taught at Trinity College, University College, and Bowdoin College; was a member of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa; and is a regular Reviewer for the Irish Times. She currently lives in Stanford, California and Dublin, Ireland, and is Professor of English and Director of the Stegner Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. She is Co-Founder of the feminist publishing company, Arlen House. Her books of poetry include Against Love Poems (Norton, 2001), The Lost Land (1998), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (1996), In a Time of Violence (1994), Outside History: Selected Poems 1980-1990 (1990), The Journey and Other Poems (1986), Night Feed (1982), and In Her Own Image (1980). Boland is also the author of Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (Norton, 1995), a volume of prose, and co-editor of The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (with Mark Strand; Norton, 2000). Her awards include a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award.
Bruce Bond is the author of six poetry collections including The Throats of Narcissus (Arkansas, 2001), Cinder (Etruscan, 2003) and Blind Rain (LSU, 2008). He is regents professor of English at the University of North Texas and poetry editor for American Literary Review. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Amaranth Borsuk’s poems have received the University of California, Los Angeles Thompson Prize, an Ina Coolbrith Poetry Award, the Falling Leaves Creative Writing Prize and a Shirley Dorothy Robbins Award. She currently studies poetry in the PhD in Literature & Creative Writing program at the University of Southern California. (2004)
Janet Bowdan teaches at Western New England College. Her poems have appeared in APR, Verse, Crazyhorse, Slope, The Best American Poetry: 2000 (Scribner) and elsewhere. She also coauthored an essay in How We Live Our Yoga (Beacon Hill, 2001). (2002)
Gaylord Brewer is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where he founded and edits Poems & Plays. His most recent books are the comic novella Octavius the 1st (2008) and an eighth book of poetry, Give Over, Graymalkin (2011), both from Red Hen Press. He won the 2010 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest for Ghost (forthcoming), which includes the poems in this issue. Also in 2010, he taught poetry and playwriting in the Prague Summer Program. [bio updated 2011]
Anselm Brocki was a senior editor for Houghton Mifflin before beginning her own editing business. Her first book of poetry, Mornings at the All-Nite, was published in 1995 by Alpha Beat Press. She has a chapbook forthcoming from Phoenix Press. Her poems have appeared in over 400 publications including The Amherst Review, Maryland Poetry Review and Walt’s Corner. She lives in Santa Monica, California. (2000)
Richard Broderick is the author of Woman Lake, a collection of poems published by New Rivers Press earlier this year. The recipient of a 1996 Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship in literature, he has been a finalist for the Hollis Summers and Mid-List Awards, has won the Donn Goodwin Memorial Poetry Award and in 1997 was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared, or are pending, in Prairie Schooner, The Greensboro Review, The Nebraska Review and elsewhere. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota where he co-edits The Great River Review. (2000)
Brian Brodeur is an MFA candidate at George Mason University. Former Poetry Editor of Soundings East, his poems have appeared in New Orleans Review and Pleiades. (2004)
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Catharine Savage Brosman is Professor Emeritus of French at Tulane University and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield in England. She is the author of six books of poems, including Places in Mind (LSU, 2000) and Passages (LSU, 1996). She had two poems appear in Smartish Pace, Issue 4. (2002)
Susanna Brougham's poetry has appeared in Salamander Magazine, Seneca Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Humanities Review and Yemassee. A recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, she is a freelance editor. [bio updated 2013]
Irv Broughton is the author of a dozen books, most recently The Long Net: Poems About the Great Game of Basketball (Open Look Books, 2009). He recently completed a book manuscript relating to the life of Frank Stanford, a poet whom Broughton is credited with discovering. [bio updated 2011]
Brown, Joyce S.
Joyce S. Brown is the author of Call and Answer (BrickHouse, 2005), a book of poetry with artwork by Mary Swann. Her poetry has appeared in Commonweal, Poetry, The American Scholar and The Christian Science Monitor. For ten years she taught ﬁction and poetry writing at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and served as poetry editor for Baltimore’s City Paper. [bio updated 2011]
Deborah Brown is an editor, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, of Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics, forthcoming from University of Arkansas Press. Her chapbook, News from the Grate (Oyster River Press) was published in 2001. She is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Bill Brown has four collections of poetry, most recently The Gods of Little Pleasures (Sow’s Ear, 2001). He is the co-author of the writing textbook Important Words, for Poets and Writers (Heinemann, 1991). He teaches at Vanderbilt University and lives with his wife on a small farm in the hills where he tends an orchard, bird watches and fishes for trout. (2004)
Susan Browne lives in Oakland and teaches at Diablo Valley College. Her first book, Buddha’s Dogs (2004), was selected by Edward Hirsh as the winner of the Four Way Books Prize in Poetry. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 13: Erskine J. Poetry Prize, 2nd Prize & Honorable Mention [bio updated 2006]
Jen Bryant is the author of Hand Crafted (Nova House, 2001). Her historical novel, The Trial, was published by Knopf in 2004; a second novel is forthcoming from Knopf in 2006. Henry Taylor awarded her the Y2K Milton Center Prize for Poetry. She lives in Uwchland, PA and teaches at West Chester University. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Christoper Buckley has received an NEA grant, a Fulbright Award and four Pushcart Prizes. His eleventh book, Star Apocrypha (TriQuarterly/Northwestern) appeared in the spring of 2001. He is Associate Editor for Poetry International. Dennis Saleh (SP Issue 3) and Diane Wakoski (SP Issue 6) were two of his early teachers. Visit www.smartishpace.com to read an interview with Mr. Buckley by Maggie Paul. (2002)
Frederick Buechner is the author of over thirty works of fiction and nonfiction, most recently Speak What We Feel (Not What We Ought To Say): Reflections on Literature and Faith (HarperCollins, 2001). He has been honored by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and has been a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. (2002)
Claudia Burbank won the 10th Annual Inkwell Poetry Competition, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her poems appear in Cream City, New Letters, Prairie Schooner and Southern Poetry Review. Her work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Michael Burkard is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently Unsleeping (Sarabande, 2001) and Pennsylvania Collection Agency (New Issues, 2001). He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and two grants from the NEA. He has worked as an alcoholism counselor, particularly with children whose lives have been impacted by alcoholism. (2004)
Robin Burklow lives in Mundelein, IL. (1999)
Derick Burleson is the author of Ejo: Poems, Rwanda, 1991-1994 (Wisconsin, 2000) which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is completing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. (2001)
Charity Burns is pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of Florida. Her work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Sidney Burris, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Arkansas, is the author of A Day at the Races (U. of Utah Press, 1990) and Seamus Heaney and the Pastoral Tradition (U. of Ohio Press, 1989). His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Poetry, Kenyon Review and The Atlantic Monthly. (2001)