C.J. Sage is an editor for Disquieting Muses. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Recursive Angel, Mandrake Poetry Review, 2River Review, Conspire and Samsara Quarterly. Her poem “Root-bound” received a Phelan Literary award earlier this year. Dream Horse Press will release her book, tentatively titled Backflash, later this year. (2000)
Marjorie Saiser's books are Bones of a Very Fine Hand (Backwaters, 1999) and Lost in Seward County (Backwaters, 2001). Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Saland, Emily Viggiano
Emily Viggiano Saland holds a BA in English and Classics from Cornell University and recently completed her MFA at George Mason University, where she was the Heritage Writing Fellow and Editor of Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her poems have appeared in DIAGRAM and Mare Nostrum. [bio updated 2011]
Michael Salcman has recently had poems in Raritan, Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Red Rock Review, Comstock Review and The Baltimore Review. “The Year the Dodgers Won the Pennant” is part of his first book manuscript, Plow Into Winter, a finalist in the most recent Washington Writers’ Publishing House book contest. (2001)
Dennis Saleh is the author of six books of poetry including Rhymses’ Book (Quicksilver, 2000). He lives in Seaside, California, where he owns and operates Comma Books. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 13. [bio updated 2006]
Karoly Sandor was born in Budapest, Hungary, and moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he still resides. His poems appeared in Smartish Pace, Issues 1, 6 and 10; and his translations of Hungarian poets appeared in Smartish Pace, Issue 3. An interview with Sandor appears at www.smartishpace.com. [bio updated 2011]
Stephen Sandy is the author of eight books of poetry including: Black Box (LSU, 1999), The Thread: New and Selected Poems (LSU, 1998), Thanksgiving Over the Water (Knopf, 1992, 1994) and Stresses in the Peaceable Kingdom (Houghton Mifflin, 1967). Scales, a book length poem containing “Third Avenue” and “Busby Afternoon,” will appear later this year from LSU. His poems have been included in New Yorker Book of Poems, New York Times Book of Verse, The Best American Poetry 1995 and 1998, Norton Treasury of World Poetry and other anthologies. He has earned many awards including the NEA Fellowship, Fulbright Lectureship, and NEA Poet in Residence. He was a professor at Harvard University, Brown University, and elsewhere, before taking his current position at Bennington College. (2000)
Sherod Santos is the author of four books of poetry including The Pilot Star Elegies (Norton, 2000), which was both a National Book Award Finalist and nominee for The New Yorker Book Award, and Accidental Weather (Doubleday, 1982), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. He received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize from Poetry, a Pushcart Prize in both poetry and the essay, and the 1984 appointment as Robert Frost Poet at the Frost house in Franconia, New Hampshire. (2001)
Sappho was born sometime between 630 and 617 BCE and died around 570. A native of the island of Lesbos, she resided in its largest city, Mytilene. She composed songs for solo and choral performance on a wide range of themes but is best known for amatory songs focusing on adolescent females. She is renowned as the first woman poet in literary history. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Saraceno, June Sylvester
June Sylvester Saraceno is an assistant professor of Humanities at Sierra Nevada College. Her work has appeared in California Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, The Maverick Press, the anthology Passionate Hearts: the Poetry of Sexual Love and elsewhere. (2000)
Aram Saroyan’s Door to the River: Essays and Reviews From the 1960s Into the Digital Age will be published by Black Sparrow/Godine in 2010. His eleventh book of poems, Complete Minimal Poems (Ugly Duckling, 2007), includes earlier works—Aram Saroyan (Random House, 1968), Pages (Random House, 1969) and The Rest (Telegraph, 1971)—and won the 2008 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. [bio updated 2011]
Joachim Sartorius was born in Fürth, Germany, in 1946, and now lives in Berlin. His most recent collection of poetry is Ich habe die Nacht [I have the night] (DuMont, 2003), in which two of these poems appeared. (2004)
Hayden Saunier won the 2011 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry from Nimrod International Journal. Her first collection of poetry, Tips for Domestic Travel, was published in 2009 by Black Lawrence Press. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace Issue 19. She read for Smartish Pace at the KGB Bar in New York City on Dec. 3, 2012 and at Copy Cat in Baltimore on April 13, 2013 (see media section for videos) [bio updated 2013]
Elizabeth Scanlon is Co-editor of The American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared Gulf Coast, Lit, Ploughshares, Swink and The Colorado Review. Her work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Schlaifer, Stephanie Ellis
Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer has a BA/BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work recently appeared in Chicago Review, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review,SpringGun and Sugar House Review. She received 3rd place in the 2012 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace and her poem appears in Issue 20. [bio updated 2013]
Schott, Penelope Scambly
Penelope Scambly Schott's verse biography, A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth (Turning Point, 2007), won the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. The most recent of her ten books of poetry are Under Taos Mountain: The Terrible Quarrel of Magpie and Tia (Rain Mountain, 2009) and Six Lips (Mayapple, 2010). [bio updated 2011]
Schultz Hurst, Bethany
Bethany Schultz Hurst received her MFA in creative writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Her poems have appeared in Cream City Review, Kalliope, RHINO Magazine, Spoon River Review and Willow Springs. She teaches writing at Idaho State University. [bio updated 2011]
Schwartzberg Edlow, Cynthia
Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow’s poetry has appeared in ACM, Chelsea, Full Circle Journal, Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Square Lake, The American Poetry Review and Willow Review, from whom she was awarded the 2004 Willow Review Prize for Poetry, and Gulf Coast, from whom she was chosen as a finalist in the 2005 Gulf Coast Poetry Contest. She is completing a book of poetry, entitled Interrupted Quenching. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 13. [bio updated 2006]
Maggie Schwed attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. Her poetry was a finalist in the 2006 Morton Marr Poetry Prize contest. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Out of Season, in 2008. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Tobias Seamon’s poems have appeared in CutBank, The Mississippi Review, The Pedestal Magazine, The Salt River Review and Snow Monkey. He lives in Albany, New York and co-edits Whalelane, an online journal of the arts. (2004)
Lutz Seiler was born in 1963 in Gera, Germany, and now lives in Berlin. His most recent collection is pech & blende. He is Co-Editor of moosbrand magazine. (2004)
Heather Sellers is the author of Drinking Girls and Their Dresses (poems, Ahsahta, 2002) and Page After Page (on writing, Writers Digest, 2004). She is the director of the creative writing program at Hope College. (2004)
Danielle Sellers is a John and Renée Grisham Poetry Fellow in the MFA program at Ole Miss, where she is Senior Editor of The Yalobusha Review. Her poems have appeared in Backwards City Review, Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Southeast and The Eleventh Muse. Her work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. (2008)
Alexa Selph has an MA in English from Georgia State University. She teaches poetry as part of the adult education program at Emory University and is a freelance editor. Her poems have appeared in Blue Mesa Review, Connecticut Review, Hummingbird, Modern Haiku and Poetry. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Michael Shally-Jensen trained in cultural anthropology before entering the book publishing trade, where he works as an editor. He lives in western Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in Literal Latté and The Aurorean. [bio updated 2011]
Natalie Shapero’s poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Iron Horse Literary Review and The Kenyon Review. [bio updated 2011]
Shapiro, Marian Kaplun
Marian Kaplun Shapiro received her BA in English from Queens College, and her Masters and Doctorate from Harvard University. She is the author of Second Childhood (Norton, 1989), as well as chapters in What Is Psychotherapy? (Jossey-Bass, 1990) and Adult Play Therapy (John Wiley, in press). She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Harvey Shapiro is the author of eleven books of poetry, including How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems (Wesleyan, 2001), Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 1997), and A Day’s Portion (Hanging Loose, 1994). He is a Senior Editor of the New York Times Magazine. (2002)
Alan Shapiro’s writing has received a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Tantalus in Love (2005) and Old War (2008), both from Houghton Mifflin, are the most recent of his ten books of poetry. He teaches at the University of North Carolina. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Darcy Shargo is a graduate student at Goddard College. Her work has recently appeared in Folio, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Madison Review, and Traffic East. “Wanderlüst” was a 2001 Erskine J. Poetry Prize Finalist. (2002)
Kent Shaw is earning a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. His poems appear in Cimarron Review, New Orleans Review and Quarterly West. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Sheehan, Marc J.
Marc J. Sheehan is the author of two collections of poetry: The Cursive World (Ridgeway Press, 1991) and Greatest Hits (New Issues Press, 1998). His literary efforts have been published in Appalachee Quarterly, Pennsylvania Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Jersey Poetry Journal and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the N.E.A. and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan in 1986, and currently teaches at Western Michigan University. (2000)
Reginald Shepherd is the author of Some Are Drowning (1995), Angel, Interrupted (1996), Wrong (1999), Otherhood (2003) and Fata Morgana (2007), all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (Michigan, 2008) was recently published. His work appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. [bio updated 2008]
Andrew Shields was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1964 and raised in California and Ohio. Since 1995, he has been an English teacher at the University of Basel in Switzerland. His translations from the German include The Cello Player (Harcourt, 2004), a novel by Michael Krüger, and the correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger (Harcourt, 2004). Shields is the author of a chapbook of poems, Cabinet d'Amateur (Darling, 2005) and in 2004 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship to translate the work of Jacques Réda. His poems and translations have appeared in Smartish Pace, Issues 11 & 15. [bio updated 2008]
Vivian Shipley, Editor of Connecticut Review, is the author of nine books of poetry, including Fair Haven (Negative Capability, 2000), a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and Down of Hawk (Sow’s Ear, 2001). She has won numerous awards, including the Charter Oak Review Poetry Prize from the University of Connecticut, the Marble Faun Award for Poetry from the William Faulkner Society, and the Lucille Medwick Award from The Poetry Society of America. (2002)
Shippy, Peter Jay
Peter Jay Shippy is the author of Thieves’ Latin (Iowa, 2003), which won the 2003 Iowa Poetry Prize. He has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the NEA. He teaches at Emerson College. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Gary Short is the author of three volumes of poetry and three chapbooks, including Flying Over Sonny Liston (Nevada, 1996), winner of the Western States Book Award, and 10 Moons and 13 Horses (Nevada, 2004). He served as poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review and Shankpainter. He taught at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Old Dominion University, the University of California at Davis and is currently a professor and MFA program administrator at the University of Mississippi. He has received a Pushcart Prize and a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the NEA. [bio updated 2011]
Murray Shugars lives in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with his wife, Sandra, and their two daughters, Samantha and Miranda. In the spring of 2010, he returned from a deployment to Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard. He is an associate professor of English at Alcorn State University and the author of a chapbook, Songs My Mother Never Taught Me (Dos Madres, 2009). [bio updated 2011]
Maurya Simon’s fifth volume of poetry, Weavers, is due out from Blackbird Press this year or next. She is a recipient of a Fulbright and an NEA Fellowship, as well as several awards from the Poetry Society of America. She teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. (2002)
Serfozo Simon is a Hungarian poet. He has his own publishing company in a large porvincial town. (2000)
Brian Simoneau studies English and American Literature at Boston University. His poetry has appeared in Blueline, Borderlands, The Fourth River and Red Rock Review. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Rosanne Singer is a Maryland Poet-in-the-Schools. Her poems appear in Atlanta Review, Wisconsin Review, Emrys Journal, The Cape Rock, Poem, The Little Magazine, The Dominion Review, The Baltimore Review, Potato Eyes and The Higginsville Reader. (2001)
Aruna Sitesh is Principal (college president) of Indraprastha College, Delhi University. In addition to her co-translations of Hindi women poets, she has published four volumes of short stories, two books of criticism on D.H. Lawrence, a book in Hindi of translated American women short story writers and a collection in English of American women writers. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Emily Smith teaches undergraduate creative writing while pursuing her MFA at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She is the designer for Ecotone and was recently nominated by UNCW for an AWP Intro Award. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Jordan Smith is the author five books of poetry, most recently For Appearances (2002) and The Names of Things Are Leaving (2005), both from the University of Tampa Press. A recipient of grants from the NEA, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, he teaches at Union College. His poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Issue 12 & 15.
R.T. Smith is the author of Messenger (LSU, 2002), which received the Library of Virginia Poetry Book of the Year Award, Brightwood (LSU, forthcoming) and The Hollow Log Lounge (Illinois, forthcoming). He won the 2001 Richard Hugo Award from Poetry Northwest and is Editor of Shenandoah.
Bruce Smith is the author of four books of poems, most recently The Other Lover (Chicago, 1999), which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Syracuse University. (2002)
Katherine Smith received her MFA in 1986 from the University of Virginia and is now a professor at Montgomery College in Maryland. Her poems have recently appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry, Many Mountains Moving and Shenandoah. (2001)
Smith, Shannon M.
Shannon M. Smith is a 1991 graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have most recently appeared in North American Review and Poetry, along with past contributions to New Orleans Review, Stand, and South Florida Poetry Review. He is Assistant Professor of Communications / Humanities at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. His manuscript, The Zone of Middle Dimensions, which includes the poems that appear here, is in search of a publisher. (2000)
Sally Smits recently received the Greensboro Biennial Award in Poetry. Her poems have been published in Buffalo Carp, Crab Orchard Review, Northwords, Seedhouse and The Penwood Review. After completing her commitment to Teach for America she is now perusing an MFA at UNC-Wilmington. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 13. [bio updated 2006]
Megan Snyder-Camp’s poems have appeared in Borderlands, Controlled Burn, LUNA and The Antioch Review. She lives in Seattle, Washington. (2004)
Susan Sonde’s second collection of poems, In the Long Boats With Others (New Rivers, 1989), won the Capricorn Book Award from the West Side YMCA in New York. Her work was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in short ﬁction and the Gordon Barber Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and was a PEN ﬁnalist in short ﬁction and a ﬁnalist in The National Poetry Series. She has received Maryland State Arts Council Awards and scholarships to attend the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. [bio updated 2011]
Adam Sorkin is the author of thirteen books of literary translation. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, APR, Poetry, Seneca Review and elsewhere. He is Contributing Editor for Poetry New York, and Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State University. He has received the Kenneth Rexroth Memorial Translation Prize from the Rockefeller Foundation, a Fulbright and IREX grants. His translations have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The poems that appear in this publication (SP Issue 4) are part of a book-length manuscript of Mariana Marin’s poems that is tentatively titled, Elegies from the Workshops of Cold. (2001)
Sarah Sousa's poetry has appeared in A Sense of Place, Poetry Motel, Spire Press, The Anthology of New England Writers 2004, Wolf Moon Press and Smartish Pace, Issue 12. She lives in Western Maine with her husband, singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne.
Spaar, Lisa Russ
Lisa Russ Spaar teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Satin Cash (Persea, 2008), Blue Venus (Persea, 2004), Glass Town (Red Hen, 1999), winner of the Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers, Blind Boy on Skates (U. of N. Texas, 1987) and Cellar (Alderman, 1983). Her poems appear in Smartish Pace, Issue 8. Her Smartish Pace reading on 3/19/09 appears in the media section of this website.
Barry Spacks is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after many years of teaching at MIT. He is the author of two novels, three CDs of his selected work and nine poetry collections, most recently The Hope of the Air (Michigan State, 2004). He has published over 350 poems in various journals, paper and pixel, and two novels. Spacks Street: New and Selected Poems (Johns Hopkins, 1982), was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Commonwealth Club of California’s Poetry Medal. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issues 3, 8 and 14. [bio updated 2008]
Amy Spade earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Houston and now teaches at the City University of New York’s Baruch College. Her poems have appeared in The Cafe Review, The Louisville Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review, Western Humanities Review and Xavier Review, and are forthcoming in Chiron Review.
Elizabeth Spires' sixth collection of poems, The Wave-Maker, was published by W.W. Norton in July 2008. A review of the book appears in the review section of our website. Her new children's book, I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings, was published by FSG in 2009. She recently edited Contents of a Minute (Sarabande, 2008), a chapbook by the late poet Josephine Jacobsen. Spires is Professor of English at Goucher College in Baltimore. Her poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Issues 9 & 15. Please visit our media section to hear an interview with Spires & watch a video of her reading. [bio updated 2009]
Kim Stafford is the author of ﬁve books of poetry, most recently A Thousand Friends of Rain (Pittsburgh, 2005), and associate producer of Every War Has Two Losers (Zinc Films, 2009), a ﬁlm on William Stafford’s poetry and witness for peace. He is the director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, where he has taught since 1979. [bio updated 2011]
A.E. Stallings has a second poetry collection, Hapax, just out from Northwestern/TriQuarterly. She lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, John Psaropoulos, and their son, Jason. Her poetry and translations appear in Smartish Pace, Issue 13.
David Starkey is the editor of, and contributor to, two collections on teaching writing: Genre By Example: Writing What We Teach (Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 2001) and Teaching Writing Creatively (Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 1998). He is also the author of a textbook, Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (NTC, 1999), and numerous collections of poetry. (2002)
Timothy Steele is Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles. He has published several collections of poems, including The Color Wheel (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1994) and Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970-1986 (U. of Arkansas Press, 1995). He is also the author of two books of literary criticism, Missing Measures (U. of Arkansas Press, 1990) and All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing (Ohio U. Press, 1999). He has earned a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. (2001)
Michael Steffen is the author of No Good at Sea (Legible Press, 2002) and Heart Murmur (Bordighera, 2009). He was granted a 2002 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Vermont College. He lives in Roseto, Pennsylvania. [bio updated 2011]
Adele Steiner received her B.A. and M.F.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, and is currently a poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council. She has written a chapbook, Refracted Love (Bootleggers Press, 1993), and a book of poetry, Freshwater Pearls (Miller Press, 1997). Her poems have appeared in The Black Buzzard Review, M Magazine, Wordwrights, Maryland Poetry Review (where she received 2nd place in their 10th Anniversary Contest) and elsewhere. (2000)
Phillip Sterling is the author of Mutual Shores, published by New Issues Press in 2000. He is Professor of English at Ferris State University where he coordinates the Literature In Person Reading Series. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Gerald Stern is the author of eighteen poetry collections including This Time (1999), which won the National Book Award, Save the Last Dance (2008) and Early Collected: Poems From 1965-1992 (2010), all three from W.W. Norton. A collection of personal essays, What I Can’t Bear Losing: Notes From a Life (Trinity University), was published in 2009. He was the ﬁrst Poet Laureate of New Jersey, serving from 2000 to 2002, and is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. [bio updated 2011]
Elisabeth Stevens is the author of three poetry collections: Children of Dust (The New Poets Series), The Night Lover (Birch Brook Press) and Household Words (The Maryland State Poetry and Literary Society, 1999). (2000)
Christine Stewart's poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Five Points, Blackbird, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Maryland, is a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Currently, she is the Literary Arts program director with the Maryland State Arts Council and directs Maryland's Poetry Out Loud program. Her poems appear in Smartish Pace issues 9 and 10. [bio updated 2013]
Dan Stryk teaches at Virginia Intermont College. He is the author of five collections of poems and prose parables, including The Artist and the Crow (Purdue, 1984). His two new collections, Dimming Radiance (Wind Publications, 2007) and Solace of the Aging Mare (Mid-America, 2007), are forthcoming. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Jason Stumpf has received the James Merrill Prize for Poetry and the Andrea Goff Memorial Fund Prize for Poetry. He studies music and English at Washington University in St. Louis. (1999)
Virgil Suarez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1962 and since 1974 has lived in the United States. He is the author of four collections of poetry, with Palm Crows forthcoming this year from the University of Arizona Press. His essays, stories, poems and translations have appeard both nationally and internationally in Parnassus, Poetry Wales, Cimarron, Toronto Review, Malahat Review, Salmagundi and elsewhere. He is a professor of creative writing at Florida State University. (2001)
Sue Swartz lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she teaches courses on social change, writes, step-parents and creates innovative Jewish ritual and prayer. She hopes to learn to stand on her head before age 50. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Nathan Swartzendruber lives in Norwood, Ohio, after teaching American Literature at the Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. He is Editor of Shinwhacker, a photography and writing project. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Joan Swift is the author of four books of poetry: This Element (Alan Swallow, 1965), Parts of Speech (Confluence, 1978), The Dark Path of Our Names (Dragon Gate, 1985) and The Tiger Iris (BOA, 1999). The latter two were winners of Washington State Governor’s Awards. She has been awarded three NEA Fellowships, a Washington State Artists grant, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Trista Swing's poems have appeared in ALBATROSS, Concho River Review, DIAGRAM, Iron Horse Literary Review, minnesota review and Relief. She received her MA in poetry from Texas Tech University and now lives in North Carolina. [bio updated 2011]
Larissa Szporluk is author of two books of poetry: Dark Sky Question (Beacon, 1998), winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize, and Isolato (Iowa, 2000), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. In addition to receiving a 1998 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, her poems have been widely anthologized in The Best American Poetry 1999 & 2001 (Scribner), Best of Beacon 1999, and The New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois, 2000). She teaches creative writing at Bowling Green State University. (2002)