Notes on Contributors




Marcus Cafagna is the author of two books of poetry, The Broken World (University of Illinois, 1996), a National Poetry Series selection, and Roman Fever (Invisible Cities Press, 2001). He has also published poems in numerous journals and anthologies including Crab Orchard Review, Poetry, Poets of the New Century, and The Southern Review. He teaches in the creative writing program at Missouri State University. “Teachers” first appeared in Tar River Poetry. 


Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of Barbarians in The Kitchen (Atrium House Books, 2005) and editor of three poetry collections. Among her awards is the grand prize in Atlanta Review’s Poetry 2001 International Poetry Competition. A teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut, Connors was named “Poet of the Year” by the New England Association of Teachers of English in the fall of 2003. Her poetry appears in many literary magazines and anthologies, and received recognition in Calyx and Perigee (honorable mention awards). “History Class” first appeared in Connecticut English Journal; Seizure in The Heart of The Matter; and Students, Passing in Lost and Found.


Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was born in Newark, New Jersey and began his career as a journalist reporting on the slums of New York City. This experience informed his first novel – self-published – Maggie: Girl of the Streets. He later covered the Greco-Turkish and the Spanish-American wars as a correspondent. Of course, he is well known for the American classic on the Civil War, Red Badge of Courage. He went on to befriend writers Joseph Conrad and Henry James and publish 12 novels before dieing from tuberculosis at the age of 28.


Craig Etchison is professor of English at Allegany College of Maryland, where he teaches writing and literature. He is author of six books, including “Vietnam Snapshots,” a collection of stories based on his Vietnam War experiences, and a young adult fantasy trilogy, The World Weaver. He is an avid gardener, fisherman, cook, and classical music lover.


Rob Hardy has been a substitute teacher, a college professor, a middle school poet-in-residence, and, most recently, a writing instructor for a secular home school cooperative. His chapbook, The Collecting Jar, won the 2005 Grayson Books Poetry Chapbook Competition. His poems have appeared in journals, including English Journal, and several anthologies, including 33 Minnesota Poets (Nodin Press 2000). His essays on teaching have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly and Classical Journal.

Robert Jensen is the director of the Senior Fellows Program, the honors program of the University of Texas College of Communication. He is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002); co-author with Gail Dines and Ann Russo of Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality (Routledge, 1998); and co-editor with David S. Allen of Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression (New York University Press, 1995). Critical Hope first appeared on Monday, December 17, 2001 on the Common Dreams web site.

Patricia Lawson is a community college English teacher. She has published fiction and poetry in various literary journals including Nimrod, Pleaides, and Dalhousie Review. She is working on a novel titled The Polio Play. Team Player is from her unpublished novel, Juco.

Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) was born in Great Britain and was the daughter of a Schoolmaster. After Edith’s father died, her mother was able to educate her in France and Germany and, upon her return as a young adult, became one of the founding members of The Fabians. Nesbit was a regular lecturer and writer on socialism throughout the 1880s and also came to write many children’s books as well as poetry. Her most famous novels include The Story of the Treasure-Seekers (1899), The Wouldbegoods (1901), Five Children and It (1902), The Railway Children (1906) and The Enchanted Castle (1907). A collection of her political poetry, Ballads and Lyrics of Socialism, was published in 1908.

Lisa Rosen has had work appear in Poetry East, The Bellevue Literary Review, and Kaleidescope among other journals. She teaches part-time at Lane Community College, and lives in Eugene Oregon.


Susan Sampson is poet, writer, and University Professor of writing and Literature. She was awarded the 2005 Matt Clark Literary Prize in Poetry, New Delta Review, Louisiana State University. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives with her children in upper Michigan on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Alan Steinberg teaches writing at SUNY Potsdam. He has published fiction (Cry of the Leopard, St. Martin’s Press), poetry (Fathering, Sarasota Poetry Press), and drama (The Road to Corinth, Players Press). His radio play, The Night Before Morning After, won the national award for radio drama sponsored by American Radio Theatre.  

Claudette Mork Sigg
was an English teacher in a San Francisco Bay Area high school for nearly thirty years. Since retiring, she has been an art, history, and natural science docent at the Oakland Museum of California. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as Natural Bridge, Sierra Songs & Descents, and the Atlanta Review. In 1996, she won the Steelhead Literary Contest for poetry.

Judith Terzi has published two collections of poetry: Shiny Things Make Things Come Back (2002) and Lightning Bugs Don’t Travel Westward (2004). Her poems have appeared in print and on-line publications. She is a career teacher who has taught English and French in Algiers, Algeria, writing at California State University, Los Angeles, and currently, French language and literature at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California. “The Subjunctive of Iraq” first appeared in Judith’s self-published collection, Lightning Bugs Don’t Travel Westward. 

Suellen Wedmore, Poet Laureate emeritus for the small seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, has been published in Green Mountain Review, College English, Phoebe, The Ledge, and others. Her work has been awarded first place in the Writer’s Digest rhyming poem contest, first place in Byline Magazine Literary Contest; and first place in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Annual writing competition. After 24 years of working as a language therapist, she retired to enter the MFA program in Poetry at New England College and graduated in 2004.

Kathleen Willard received an MA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Colorado State University. Her poems have appeared in Monserrat Review, Dry Creek Review, Iscarus and she was the featured poet in Pinyon Poetry. She received a National Endowment for the Humanites grant to study the New England Renaissance and a Fulbright Hays Fellowship to study and travel in India. She has taught English and creative writing for 19 years.