The Teacher’s Voice Vol.1 #4   






Notes on Contributors



L.N. Allen’s two poems come from her experiences teaching Freshman English at The University of Bridgeport. Her poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from The Cream City Review, The Southern Review, Tundra, and Tar River Poetry, among others. L.N. is currently preparing her first collection of poems tentatively titled Small Pictures.


Mary Barrett just retired from the Berkeley California Unified School District after 35 years in elementary education. She has been writing for about 15 of those years. 


William Blake (1757-1827) was born in London to parents of modest means. They discouraged his youthful “visions” of God and angels, but accepted he was different and allowed him to learn reading and writing at home. Following his wish to become a painter, he enrolled in drawing school but apprenticed himself to an engraver when the school proved too costly for his parents. After his seven-year term, he briefly studied at the Royal Academy, and went on to somewhat support himself as an engraver and illustrator of books and magazines. A non-conformist thinker, whose gothic and otherworldly artwork was not widely accepted in his day, he has come to be canonized as an iconic mystic poet. His first book, Poetical Sketches, consisted of poems against tyranny, war, and King George’s mistreatment of the American Colonies. Blake may be best known for his illuminated poetry collections, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience – interpreted by some readers in his time as children’s books consisting of accessible lyric poetry, but soon recognized for their far greater depth. 


M. Garrett Bauman is the author of Ideas and Details, a popular college writing book published by Wadsworth and of essays that appear in Sierra, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, Yankee and other literary magazines. Both his contributed essays were previously published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  


Karen Benke, a poet-teacher for many years in the California Poets in the Schools program, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. She is the author of a chapbook, SISTER (Conflu:X Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry East, america’s review, Runes, Clackamas Literary Review and online at Poetry Daily. She can be reached at


Richard M. Berlin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His first collection of poetry How JFK Killed My Father won the Pearl Poetry Prize and describes, “his life-long love affair with medicine.” In addition to spending his career educating physicians and medical students about the doctor-patient relationship, Berlin writes “Poetry of the Times,” a featured column in Psychiatric Times, the most widely read and influential psychiatric publication in the United States. More information about his work is available on his website


Paul Brooke has taught at Grand View College in Des Moines Iowa for the past eleven years and is an Associate Professor of English and Head of the Humanities Division His poems have appeared in the North American Review, The Antioch Review, Rocky Mountain Review, Flyway International Poetry Review, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment. In 1999, Brook was awarded the Iowa Prize for Poetry.


Mary Christine Delea is originally from Long Island, New York and now lives in Kentucky. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Eastern Kentucky University. Her book, THE SKELETON HOLDING UP THE SKY, was published in February, 2006 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.


Clarence James Dennis (1876-1938), having become Australia’s most prosperous poet, was called “the Robert Burns of Australia” by the Prime Minister. During his lifetime he had worked as a clerk, barman, magazine editor, and journalist.  He produced a dozen books of poetry and was especially well known for his humorous poems.  


James T. Fields (1817-1881) was born in Portsmouth. At the age of fourteen, he became a clerk in a bookstore in Boston, MA and later a partner in the publishing house of Ticknor & Fields. He edited the Atlantic Monthly, which was published by his firm, wrote several books of poetry and prose, and, like his wife Annie Adams Fields, befriended some of America's foremost intellectuals.  

Edward Francisco is a writer-in-residence at Pellissippi College in Knoxville, Tennessee. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in more than 100 magazines and journals. Francisco’s poetry volume Death, Child and Love was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. His novel, The Dealmaker was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer in fiction. His publications also include Mastering the Paragraph, a combination workbook and videotape for high school and developmental writers, and Bibliotherapy, a book he co-wrote for younger students and their parents.  

Lara Gerstein is a NYC high school teacher who states she “is dreaming about leaving the system so she can pursue her writing… I agree that there is a strong need for teachers to express themselves in the full depth of their knowledge and experience—adult to adult—for which, unfortunately, the demands of teaching does not allow much room.”

Paul Hostovsky says his "poems appear and disappear widely online and in print." His recent collection Bird in the Hand won the Grayson Books Poetry Chapbook Contest for 2006. He works in Boston as an interpreter at the Mass. Commission for the Deaf, and a Braille instructor at the Mass. Commission for the Blind. “Woman With Chrysanthemums” first appeared in FRIGG.

Kathryn Kerr currently teaches writing at Illinois State University and recently published poems in Ascent, River Styx, Meridian, and Diner. Her third book of poetry, First Frost, won an Editor’s Choice Award from Pushcart. She previously taught college biology and worked as a scientific editor and field biologist.  


Paula Lambert has been teaching composition and creative writing at the college level for the past twelve years and has published a number of stories, poems, and essays in such magazines as The Hawaii Review, The Wisconsin Review, other voices, Awakenings, Ohioana Quarterly, Phoebe (1995 Phoebe Fiction Prize), Zone 3, and others. Lambert received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in creative nonfiction for her memoir Silver Girl: Story of a Suicidal Mind. 


Herman Melville (1819-1891) was born in New York City and worked at several jobs including clerk, sailor, customs inspector, and teacher from 1837 to 1840. Of course, he is well known for writing the great American novel, Moby Dick. Melville also produced other highly recognized novels and short stories. His four books of poetry are least known. Sadly, his writing could not support him in his later years and he died in virtual obscurity. 


Charlotte F. Otten’s poems have appeared in many juried journals including Southern Humanities Review, The Texas Review, and Commonweal. Her Picture book, January Rides the Wind, received three starred reviews; and she has a book of historical fiction (Grades 4+) coming out in June 2006. “Trusted” first appeared in Free Lunch.


James Scruton  is Professor of English and Humanites Division Chair at Bethel College in Mckenzie, Tennessse. His latest collection, Galieo’s House, won the 2004 Poetry Prize from Finishing Line Press.


William Sheldon  lives in Hutchinson, Kansas. His writing has appeared widely in small press publications, recently or forthcoming in Midwest Quarterly, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner. His collection of poems, Retrieving Old Bones (Woodley) was recently listed as one of  the Plains Humanites Alliance’s Great Books of the Great Plains.


Dana Sonnenschein currently teaches at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Her first chapbook, Corvus won Wind Magazine’s Quentin R. Howard’s prize and was published by their press. Her second chapbook, No Angels But These, was published by Main Street Rag press. Word Press will be publishing Natural Forms, a full-length collection. Individual poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Appalachia, Connecticut Review, The Iowa Review, Quarter After Eight, West Branch, Seneca Review and other magazines.  


J. Tarwood submits that he “has been a teacher much of his adult life, working mostly outside of the United States, with classes ranging from Kenyan teenagers to Arab officers, teaching them English, the current language of power, so they can indeed speak truth to power in words power might understand.” He has been published in many small poetry magazines—Free Lunch, American Poetry Review, Runes, and Visions, to name a few. He won the 1997 Plainsong poetry award, was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2003, and was a featured poet in Visions in 2001. He has two books in print, The Cats in Zanzibar, and What The Waking See.


Robert Tremmel teaches at Iowa State where he coordinates the teacher education program in the English Department. He spends most of his time teaching methods classes, supervising student teachers in schools, and working on Academic writing in English education and comp/rhetoric. Tremmel has work recently published or forthcoming in English Journal, Tar River Poetry, New Delta Review, The Listening Eye, and The Southern Review. Tremmel’s book Zen and the Practice of Teaching English was published and a new collection Crossing Crocker Township is just out from Timberline Press.


Steven Zuckerman is a writer and poet living in San Jose, California. He is a former teacher of young children. He has published his poetry in The Paterson Literary Review and Once Upon a Time, among other publications.Other poems will soon appear in the anthology Once Upon a Time.Steve also writes children's stories.