Notes on Contributors
Judith Arcana, a retired high school, college, and prison instructor, publishes poetry and prose in journals and anthologies: new work is forthcoming in Poetica and two collections: Women’s Lives and Fresh Water. Among her books is Grace Paley’s Life Stories, A Literary Biography, her newest is What if your mother (Chicory Blue Press, 2005). “A Teacher at Home” first appeared in Sojourner.
Eleanor Berry has taught literature and writing at colleges and universities in Milwaukee, WI, and Salem, OR. Poems of hers have recently appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Dogwood, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and Nimrod. Recent essays are collected in Herspace, Women Writing, and Solitude (Haworth Press) and Reading the Middle Generation Anew (U of Iowa Press). A book of her poems titled Green November will be published in Fall 2006 by Traprock books.
Bill Brown directed the writing program at a public school in Nashville and retired in 2002 to lecture part-time at Peabody College. He is the author of four collections of poetry and a writing textbook. His recent work appears in The English Journal, North American Review, and Tar River Poetry.
Star Coulbrooke shares an upstairs office in Smithfield, Utah with her artist-carpenter partner, four dogs, and two cats. Her work is published in Poetry International, Hunger Mountain, Ellipsis and various other journals and anthologies. She recently co-authored a chapbook with Kenneth W. Brewer, Utah’s poet laureate. Star teaches poetry writing at Utah State University.
Kathryn DeZur is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama: A Literary Magazine for the Maternally Inclined and Women’s Studies: An interdisciplinary Journal.
Kent H. Dixon has taught at Wittenberg University for over 25 years, and in elementary and secondary schools before that and along the way. Remarkably, he still loves it. He publishes in all genres and translates promiscuously, from Gilgamesh to Guadnafari (his own nom de plume).
Ann Drury teaches area studies at Eastern Junior High School in Easton, MA. Anne has taught for over twenty years and has three grown children. She enjoys walking, writing, and traveling. She has been inspired by her students in many ways.
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the most popular American poets during his lifetime and won the Pulitzer Prize four times. He enjoyed writing poetry in traditional rhyme and meter that combined pastoral imagery with solitary philosophical themes that was often associated with rural New England. Frost read the poem "The Gift Outright." at John F. Kennedy's 1961 presidential inauguration. The deeper, especially darker, threads running through his work continue to engage new generations of readers.
Jose B. Gonzalez is the Co-Editor of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. His work has appeared in such journals as Callaloo, Calabash and Colere and National Public Radio. A past recipient of Connecticutt's Multicultural Higher Education Faculty of The Year Award, he is a professor of English at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticutt.
Robin Greene is originally from Queens, New York and is currently an English professor at Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC, where she teaches writing and literature. She is also co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, which publishes literary chapbooks by emerging poets from the Southeast. Greene has published three books, and her poetry and nonfiction regularly appear in journals.
Perie Longo has published two books of poetry: Milking the Earth and The Privacy of Wind (John Daniel & Co.) as well as poems in many literary journals. She leads poetry workshops for Santa Barbara Writers Conference and teaches through California-Poets-in-the Schools because poetry “widens my heart” as a third grader recently wrote.
Craig McVay teaches Latin and English in the Springfield (OH) City Schools. He has served as poet in the schools and is co-host of a twelve-year-old poetry series, Peripatetic Poets, in Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has appeared in Summer, Spring Street, Pudding Magazine, and Elastic Ekphrastic.
Chad Prevost teaches at Lee University as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing where he co-directs the Writers Reading Series. He is author of Snapshots of the Perishing World (World Tech Press’s Cherry Grove Collections) and co-editor of an anthology, Evensong: Contemporary American Poems of Religion and Spirituality (Bottom Dog Press). He is Co-Founding Editor of Terminus Magazine of Atlanta and has work recently published in Mid-American Review, The Potomac, Puerto del Sol, Redactions, Rosebud and The South Carolina Review.
Robert Randolph teaches at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania. He has held Fulbright awards in Finland and Greece, and has published in Poetry, The Georgia Review, and Lullwater Review. His book Floating Girl (Angel of War) won editor’s award from Elixir Press.
Colette Tennant is an English Professor at Corban College in Salem, Oregon where she leads a group of poets called Stinky Bagles. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Rosebud, Pudding, Christianity and Literature, Manzanita Quarterly, Chaffin Journal, and Riven. Most recently, her poetry has appeared in The Dos Passos Review, InSpirit, and Oregon Coast: Visions and Perspectives. Her book, Reading the Gothic in Margaret Atwood’s Novels, was published in 2003.
Becky Thompson, a transplant from the Southwest, currently teaches sociology and African American studies in Boston. Her poems have recently appeared in Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and ideas, Amandia, Illuminations, and Women’s Hands. Her previous books include A Promise and A Way of Life, A Hunger So Wide and So Deep, and Mothering without a Compass. She can be reached at Btonka@aol.com.
Greg Tuleja was born in New Jersey and attended Rutgers College and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has worked as a musician, flute teacher, and piano technician. He now teaches English and serves as the Academic Dean at a private high school in Massachusetts. Mr. Tuleja lives in Southhampton, Mass with his wife and son. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) ran a medical practice in New Rutherford, New Jersey, while becoming one of the most highly regarded poets of his day and winning the Pulitzer Prize. He was a prolific writer in several genres and is well known for going against English tradition and constructing poems using a distinctly American idiom and groundbreaking accessible poetics. His famous phrase “no ideas but in things” reveals the central importance of the image in his poetry and was seen as a call for a more direct experience and rendering of reality. His aesthetics also relied on a focused treatment of the lives of working class people, which also helped to make him a favorite among many young poets, including Allen Ginsberg – who traveled to San Francisco for the first time bearing Williams’ door-opening letter of introduction. The Spanish American Roots of Williams Carlos Williams, published long after his death by Julio Marzan, recently brought to light his little known and interesting Puerto Rican heritage.