Judith Pacht won the Georgia Poetry Society’s 2005 Edgar Bowers competition, received the 2006 Margaret Reid High Distinction Award and was a finalist in the Tupelo Press open submission competition. Her first poetry collection, Falcon (Conflu:X Press), was published in 2004. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Stella Padnos received her B.A. from SUNY-Binghamton. Her poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in Anthology, Common Ground Review and Southern Poetry Review. She won 3rd Place in the 2000 California State Poetry Society Contest, was a finalist in The Briar Cliff Review fourth annual poetry contest and received Honorable Mention in a Rambunctious Review poetry contest. (2000)
Mrinal Pande earned an MA in English from Allahabad University. She edited Vama, a women’s magazine, and Saptahik Hindustan, a weekly news magazine, and currently co-edits the daily newspaper, Hindustan (in Hindi). She’s published four plays, two novels and four collections of short fiction. She works with broadcasting, writing and producing serials for television and appears regularly on talk shows. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Eric Pankey is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently The Pear as One Example (Ausable, 2008). His work has been supported by fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is a Professor of English and Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12. I video of Pankey's Smartish Pace reading can be found in the media section of this website. (2009)
Jay Parini’s fourth book of poetry, House of Days (Owl) appeared in 1998. In 1999 he won the Chicago Tribune-Heartland Award for Nonfiction with Robert Frost: A Life (Owl, 2000). His most recent novel, The Apprentice Lover, appeared this spring from HarperCollins. His poems in this issue will be included in his New & Selected Poems, due out in 2003. (2002)
Parker, Lois W.
Lois W. Parker is a founding member of The San Gabriel Writers’ League. She lives in Georgetown, Texas. (2004)
Parker, Alan Michael
Alan Michael Parker’s fifth collection of poems, Elephants & Butterflies (2008), was published by BOA Editions. He is the author or editor of four other books including the novel Cry Uncle (Mississippi, 2005). He teaches at Davidson College, where he directs the program in creative writing, and at Queens University in the low-residency MFA program. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issues 6 and 16 (2009).
Parker, Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Parker’s poetry collections include The Sex Girl (Urthona Press, 1999) and two chapbooks, That Stumbling Ritual (Coraddi, 1980) and Breathing in a Foreign Country (Paradise, 1993). Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in Earth and Soul (Sister Cities of Durham, 2001), an anthology published in English and Russian in the Kostroma region of Russia. [bio updated 2011]
Cecily Parks received her MA from Johns Hopkins University. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Southern Review, Southwest Review, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and The Yale Review. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Chad Parmenter is a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's MFA program. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, Pleiades, Poetry, and The Kenyon Review. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 13. [bio updated 2006]
Giovanni Pascoli was born in San Mauro (Emilia-Romagna), Italy in 1858, a middle child in a family of eight children living on the estate for which his father was administrator. He won international medals for his poems in latin and his work on Homeric themes. Before his death in 1912, he lived for seventeen years on a small estate near Barga. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Bradley Paul is the author of The Obvious (2004), published by New Issues Press. A native of Baltimore, he now lives in Austin, Texas. His work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Nicole Pekarske is the author of Intermissa, Venus, (Cherry Grove, 2004). She teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 13. [bio posted 2006]
Alison Pelegrin is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Big Muddy River of Stars (2007) and Hurricane Party (2011), both from the University of Akron Press. She is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the NEA. Her poem "Pantoum of the Endless Hurricane Debris" won the 2011 Erskine J. Poetry Prize.
Michael Pence lives in Oxford, Ohio. (2000)
Simon Perchik is the author of eighteen books of poetry including Hands Collected: The Books of Simon Perchik, 1949-1999 (Pavement Saw Press, 2000) and Touching The Headstone (Stride Publications, 2000). His poems have appeared in numerous publications including A.P.R., The New Yorker, Partisan Review, The Nation, New Letters, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Magazine, and Poetry. He lives in Paterson, New Jersey where he is a practicing attorney. (2000)
Barbara Perez earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She teaches at Northwest Vista College and works as founding editor for Abject Press. She has received a Pushcart nomination, a scholarship to The Center for Book Arts and the Harold F. Taylor Prize given by the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Bateau, Lumberyard, Ploughshares, Poetry and The Massachusetts Review.
Jennifer Perrine’s ﬁrst book of poetry, The Body Is No Machine (New Issues, 2007), won the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Other recent awards include the U.S. Poets in Mexico Mérida Fellowship, ﬁrst prize in the Black Warrior Review Fourth-Ever Poetry Contest and the Virginia Arts of the Books Center Taste Test. She teaches at Drake University where she organizes the Writers & Critics Series. [bio updated 2011]
Peterson, Herman A.
Herman A. Peterson is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He has studied at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN, and at the University of Illinois. His poetry has appeared in Common Journeys, Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal and The Criterion. (2000)
Jeffrey Pethybridge holds an MA from Boston University and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri. He was a finalist for the 2006 National Poetry Series. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in BlazeVox, Ploughshares and The Southern Review. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Carl Phillips is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Double Shadow (FSG, 2011), Speak Low (2009) and Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006. Other books include his translation of Sophocles’ Philocetes (2003) and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (2004). A finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, he has received honors that include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Library of Congress. In 2006, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In addition to contemporary poetry and the writing of it, his academic interests include classical philology, translation, and the history of prosody in English. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and his poems appear in Smartish Pace Issues 6 and 19 (forthcoming, April 2012).
Amy Pickworth is a freelance editor and writer living in Providence, Rhode Island. She is originally from Ohio. Smartish Pace is the first to publish her poems, in Issue 18.
Catherine Pierce is a PhD candidate/Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and holds an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her first book, Animals of Habit, was recently published by Kent State University Press. (2004)
Hava Pinhas-Cohen was born in Israel and lives in Rehovot. She is the author of five volumes of poetry including Messiah (HaKibbutz Hameuchad, 2002). She edits Dimui, a journal devoted to literature, art and Jewish culture. She was awarded the Prime Minister Award and The Luria Award. The poems appearing in Issue 15 are from the anthology, Contemporary Hebrew Poetry, forthcoming from SUNY Press in 2008. Her work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Robert Pinsky was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. The author of nineteen books, his most recent are Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town (prose, Chicago, 2009) and Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). In 2002 he guest-starred in an episode of The Simpsons TV show, and in 2010, he premiered his libretto for Death and the Powers, an opera by composer Tod Machover. His Poets Q&A appears at smartishpace.com, and his poetry in Smartish Pace, Issue 20. [updated 2013]
John Pock teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. He is the editor of 32 Poems and the author of ﬁve books of poetry, most recently Dolls (Orchises, 2009). [bio updated 2011]
Aaron Poochigian recently completed Stung With Love: The Poems and Fragments of Sappho (Penguin, 2009). His poems and translations have appeared in The Chimaera, The Classical Journal and Unsplendid. He is D.L. Jordan Fellow at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. His poetry and translations appear in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Scott Poole is the author of two books of poetry. The Cheap Seats (Lost Horse Press, 1999) was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s “Book of the Year,” and Carry a Glass House is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press in 2002. He is Assistant Director of Eastern Washington University Press and humor columnist for the Spokane weekly newspaper, The Local Planet. (2001)
D.A. Powell is the author of Tea (Wesleyan, 1998), Lunch (Wesleyan, 2000) and Cocktails (Graywolf, 2004) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN West Awards in Poetry. He teaches at the University of San Francisco. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Stephen Powers is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His poems have appeared in Cash Prize Not Included and Reed Magazine. These poems are included in his poetry collection, tentatively titled Chasing Dolly. (2003)
Pratt, Minnie Bruce
Minnie Bruce Pratt is the author of four books of poetry including Walking Back Up Depot Street (Pittsburgh, 1999), which was named Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine in the Gay/Lesbian category, and Crime Against Nature (Firebrand, 1990), which was a Lamont Poetry Selection, received the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award for Literature and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. (2001)
Bruce Pratt won the 2007 Ellipsis Poetry Prize. His poetry collection, Boreal, is forthcoming from Antrim House Books. His work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Duncan Primeaux graduated from the Univeristy of Maryland with an MFA in poetry. He has given poetry readings at Georgetown University and at The Native American Indian Museum in Washington, DC. His poems appear in Smartish Pace, Issue 8. (2009)
Kevin Prufer is Editor of both Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and The New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois, 2000). He is the author of two books of poems: The Finger Bone (Carnegie Mellon, 2002) and Strange Wood (LSU, 1998), winner of the 1997 Winthrop Prize; and teaches in the creative writing program at Central Missouri State University. (2002)
Christina Pugh is a professor in the honors program at Emerson College and was a lecturer in literature at Harvard from 1998-2000. Her poems have recently appeared in Tar River Poetry, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ekphrasis and elsewhere. She is a 2000 recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, sponsored by Poetry, as well as a winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize and an AWP “Intro” Award in poetry. Her poems appearing in this issue (number 4) are included in her manuscript entitled Rotary. (2001)
Lia Purpura is the author of The Brighter the Veil (Orchises, 1996), Stone Sky Lifting (Ohio State, 2000) and King Baby Poems (forthcoming, Alice James Books, 2008), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. Her collection of essays, On Looking (Sarabande, 2006), was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She is Writer-in-Residence at Loyola College in Baltimore. She read at the Whole Gallery, Baltimore, in the spring of 2008 for the release of Issue 15. Her work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Pursley III, John
John Pursley III teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Alabama and works as a poetry editor for Black Warrior Review. His recent work appears in American Literary Review, Chelsea, Hunger Mountain, Many Mountains Moving, Margie, North American Review and Sycamore Review. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Nirmala Putul is a young Santali poet, known for her politically and emotionally charged poetry reflecting the experiences of the tribal population, especially Santal tribal women, in the Santali villages of Eastern India. She writes both in Santali and a local dialect of Hindi. She has two collections of poems. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]