Amjad Nasser was born in 1955 in Mafraq, Jordan. The most recent of his seven books of poetry is Hayatu ka Sardun Mutaqata’ [Life Like a Broken Narrative] (Banipal, 2004). His memoir, Khabtul Al-Ajniha [The Flapping of Wings] (London, 1996), and travel essays, Tahta Akthar Min Samaa [Under More Than One Sky] (Beiroet), appeared in 2002. A leading ﬁgure in the free verse movement (qassidat al-nathr), Nasser is considered among the best poets of his generation. He lives in London and works as a cultural editor for the daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. [bio updated 2011]
Marilyn Nelson is the author of six books of poetry, her most recent being The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems (LSU, 1997), which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the PEN Winship Award, and won the Poet’s Prize. The Homeplace (LSU, 1990) was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Annisfield-Wolf Award. Since 1978 she has taught at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she is a professor of English. She is the Poet Laureate of Connecticut. (2002)
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Bronwen Butter Newcott grew up in Washington, DC. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland and currently lives in Southern California where she teaches high school English and art journal classes. (2004)
Greg Nicholl's book-length manuscript has been a finalist for four prizes; his poems have appeared in many literary magazines. He grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and moved to Baltimore where he works in the acquisitions department at The Johns Hopkins University Press. He is the web manager for The Cortland Review. He has a poem in Issue 14 of Smartish Pace. [bio updated 2009]
A.L. Nielsen is the Kelly Professor of American Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of five collections of poetry including Stepping Razor (Edge, 1996), Vext (Sink, 1998) and Mixage (Zasterle, 2005). His poetry has won the Larry Neal Award and two Gertrude Stein Awards. He has written five books of criticism which have garnered the SAMLA Studies Prize, the Kayden Award and the Josephine Miles Award. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Lisa Norris's book of short stories, Toy Guns (Helicon Nine), won the 1999 Willa Cather Fiction Prize. Her poems, essays and stories have appeared in Ascent, Fourth Genre, Kiss Tomorrow Hello (Doubleday, 2006), Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore and Segue. She is an assistant professor of English at Central Washington University. [bio updated 2011]
Kathryn Nuernberger teaches at Ohio University where she serves as assistant editor for New Ohio Review. Her poems have appeared in Cold Mountain Review, The Cream City Review and The Florida Review. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Debra Nystrom is the author of Bad River Road (Sarabande, 2009), a Virginia Literary Award winner; Torn Sky (Sarabande, 2003) and A Quarter Turn (Sheep Meadow, 1991). She teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.