Alan Berecka is a librarian at Del Mar College who spent his younger days as a teaching fellow in the English Department at the University of North Texas. His poetry has appeared in such places as Windhover, American Literary Review, and Texas Review. He lives with his family in Sinton, Texas.
Remica L. Bingham received her MFA from Bennington College and is a Cave Canem fellow. Her work has been featured in 5 AM, New Letters, PMS, and Essence. Her first book, Conversion, won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and will be published by Lotus Press in January 2007.
George Drew was born in Mississippi and raised there and in New York State. His poetry has appeared widely in such journals as Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Salmagundi, Poetry East, and others. His first poetry collection Toads in a Poisoned Tank was published in 1986 and a chapbook, So Many Poems, was published in 1997.
George Held taught 9th, 10th, and 12th grade English at The Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, 1958-64; freshman comp at Rutgers, 1964-67; over forty different courses at Queens College, 1967-2004; and, as a Fulbright lecturer, American literature in Czechoslovakia, 1973-76. His tenth poetry collection is The Art Of Writing And Others (Finishing Line Press, 2007).
Barbara Hoffman has published poetry in the Minnesota Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blue Mesa Review, Ekphrasis, Margie, and other poetry journals. She has received several fellowships and awards, including New York Teacher of The Year by the New York State English Council.
Michelle Holland is a poet and essayist who teaches creative writing and English literature at McCurdy High School in Espanola, NM. She lives on the Rincon de los Trujillo, a dirt road on the corner of the world, in Chimayo, New Mexico.
Marie Holmes earned an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in the Coe Review and Blithe House Quarterly, and one of her short stories was recently named the winner of the 2006 Gival Press Short Story Award. She teaches in a New York City high school.
Gina Larkin retired after 25 years as Chairperson of Religion at Bishop Ahr High School in Edison. Her work has been in over thirty magazines and anthologies. She initiated the "Poetry in the Classroom" program teaching workshops in elementary and middle schools and is editor of The Edison Literary Review.
Mary Ann Larkin is a poet, writer, teacher and former fund-raising and publications consultant to nonprofit organizations. The Coil of the Skin, a book of poems, was published by Washington Writers Publishing House. Publications also include three chapbooks: White Clapboard, by Carol Allen of Philadelphia; The DNA of the Heart , with Patric Pepper, by Pond Road Press; and A Shimmering That Goes With Us by Finishing Line Press in 2005. gods & flesh, another chapbook, will be released by Plan B Press in early 2007.
Scott Lowery has taught in public schools for the past 20 years, and enjoys presenting workshops to young writers. His poems have appeared in Water-Stone, Korean Quarterly, and North Coast Review. He was a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2000, and currently teaches employment skills at the Winona Area Learning Center.
Richard Luftig is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio. His poems have appeared in many journals in national and international journals in the United States, Japan, Australia, England, and Canada and Europe. His third chapbook has just come out with Dos Madres Press.
Ann Floreen Niedringhaus is a recently retired social worker/nurse whose favorite job was working with teen parent students in the Duluth, MN, school district. She taught their parenting class, directed their child care center and assisted them with their needs for income, housing, future planning, Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including The Comstock Review, Sojourners, Albatross.
Paul Paparella has been a teacher and an administrator from grades K to graduate school. He currently teaches in the Framingham State College International Education Program. His poems have been published in Willard and Maple, Buffalo Carp, Educational Leadership, Audacious Poetry, and The Middle School Journal.
Stanley J. Solomon teaches film studies and English literature at Iona College. He has published poetry, fiction, essays, and drama in more than 60 journals such as Prairie Schooner, Alfred Hitchcock Magazine, Midland Review, and Forum, as well as three film books with Harcourt. Most recently: a long analysis entitled "The Suburban Film" appeared in Westchester, the American Suburb published by Fordham University Press.
Dorothy Stone, a retired secondary English teacher, has poems, essays, and short stories published in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, such as The Formalist, Iambs and Trochees, The Southern Poetry Review, The Boston Globe, Light Quarterly, California Quarterly, and The Writing Group Book. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) was born in Concord Massachusetts and attended Harvard. He began a teaching career, but it didn't suit him; he turned to the family business of making lead pencils and serving the community as a general handyman. Passionately against all forms of totalitarianism and authoritarianism, and a champion of individual rights and civil disobedience, his work helped to form the thinking of The Transcendentalists and many historical figures such as Walt Whitman, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. His most well-known work: Walden. Ralph Waldo Emerson said of him, " ...he never went to church; he never voted; he refused to pay a tax to the state; he ate no flesh; he drank no wine, he never knew the use of tobacco; and, though a naturalist, he used neither trap nor gun."
Gary J. Whitehead has previously published one full-length collection and three chapbooks of poetry. His awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing, and a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award. He works as a high school English teacher in northern New Jersey, and lives in New York.