Nin Andrews grew up on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her BA from Hamilton College and her MFA from Vermont College. Her poems and stories have a appeared in my literary journals and anthologies including Agni, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry. The recipient of two Ohio Arts Council grants, she is the author of many books including Miss August (CavanKerry Press 2017), The Book of Orgasms, Southern Comfort (CavanKerry Press 2009), and Why God Is a Woman.
Christian Barter is the author of three books of poetry – The Singers I Prefer in 2005, In Someone Else’s House (2013), and most recently Bye-bye Land, winner of the 2017 Isabella Gardner Award from BOA Editions. His poetry has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Tin House, New Letters, Georgia Review and The American Scholar and featured on poets.org, Poetry Daily, and The PBS Newshour. He has received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Poetry, and was the Centennial Poet Laureate of Acadia National Park. For thirty years he has worked for the trail crew there as a stone worker, rigger, arborist and supervisor.
Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Letters from Limbo (CavanKerry Press, 2016), Burning of the Three Fires, Curious Conduct, and Placebo Effects, a winner of the National Poetry Series (Norton, 1997). She coedited The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. In 2019, her play Asylum Song had its world premiere at the HERE Theater in New York. Her poem “Afraid So” was made into an award-winning short film by filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt. She won the 2009 Dana Award for Poetry. She teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y. www.jeannemariebeaumont.com
Pam Bernard, poet, professor, and editor, received her MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and BA from Harvard University. Her awards include a NEA Fellowship and two Mass Cultural Council Fellowships. She has published three full-length collections of poetry, and a verse novel entitled Esther (2015). Ms. Bernard lives in Walpole, New Hampshire, where she teaches creative writing at Franklin Pierce University, and also conducts private workshops in memoir and poetry.
Bhisham Bherwani studied Fine Arts at New England College. He is also a graduate of New York University and Cornell University, and the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, New England College, and The Frost Place. He was born in Bombay, India; he lives in New York City. With CavanKerry Press, Bherwani released The Second Night of the Spirit in 2009.
Celia Bland‘s three collections of poetry (including Soft Box, from CavanKerry, 2004) were the subject of an essay by Jonathan Blunk in the summer 2019 issue of The Georgia Review. Cherokee Road Kill (Dr. Cicero, 2018) featured pen and ink drawings by Japanese artist Kyoko Miyabe. The title poem received the 2015 Raynes Prize. Her work is included in Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversation (Tupelo Press 2019). Selected prints of the Madonna Comix, an image and poetry collaboration created with artist Dianne Kornberg, were exhibited at Lesley Heller Gallery in New York City, and published by William James Books with an introduction by Luc Sante. Bland is co-editor with Martha Collins of the essay collection Jane Cooper: A Radiance of Attention (U. of Michigan, 2019). She wrote the catalogue essay for “In the Midst of Something Splendid: Recent Paintings by Colleen Randall” opening at the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in January 2020. She is the author of young adult biographies of the Native American leaders Pontiac, Osceola, and Peter MacDonald (Chelsea House Books). Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Bland teaches poetry at Bard College, where she is associate director of the Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking.
Annie Boutelle, born and raised in Scotland, was educated at the University of St. Andrews and New York University. She teaches in the English Department at Smith College, where she founded the Poetry Center. She lives with her husband in western Massachusetts. How They Fell released with CavanKerry Press in 2014.
Andrea Carter Brown
Andrea Carter Brown is the author of The Disheveled Bed (CavanKerry Press, 2006) and two chapbooks, Domestic Karma (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Brook & Rainbow (winner of the Sow’s Ear Press Chapbook Prize, 2001). September 12, her collection of award-winning poems about 9/11 and its aftermath, is forthcoming in 2021 for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Her poems have won awards from Five Points, River Styx, and PSA, among others, and are cited in the Library of Congress Online Guide to the Poetry of 9/11. She was a Founding Editor of Barrow Street and Managing Editor of The Emily Dickinson Journal. Currently she is Series Editor of The Word Works Washington Prize. An avid birder, she lives in Los Angeles where she grows lemons, limes, oranges, and tangerines in her back yard.
Eloise Bruce’s book Rattle was published by CavanKerry in 2004. She is member of the critique and performance group Cool Women. In 2018 she received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Arts Education. She has had various roles at the Frost Place Center for Poetry and the Arts. Since its inception she has been integral in nurturing and guiding Poetry Out Loud in New Jersey and she is youth editor for RavensPerch Magazine. A chapbook Scud Cloud, a conversation in poetry with her husband David Keller about living with his dementia is due out in 2020 from Ragged Sky.
A recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, and Pew Fellowships, Christopher Bursk is the author of sixteen books, including A Car Stops And A Door Opens, Dear Terror, The Infatuations and Infidelities of Pronouns, Cell Count and The Improbable Swervings of Atoms (winner of the Donald Hall prize in Poetry from AWP). Most importantly he is the grandfather of six, and has three imaginary friends, Wobbly, Oliver, and Nobody.
Kevin Carey is the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People (Red Bird Chapbooks) and two books of poetry from CavanKerry Press, The One Fifteen to Penn Station and Jesus Was a Homeboy, which was selected as an Honor Book for the 2017 Paterson Poetry Prize. Kevin is also a filmmaker and playwright. His latest documentary film, Unburying Malcolm Miller, about a deceased Salem, MA poet, premiered at the Mass Poetry Festival in 2016. His latest play “The Stand or Sal is Dead” a murder mystery comedy, opened in Newburyport, MA. at The Actor’s Studio on June 21st – 24th 2018. A new collection of poems, Set in Stone, released in May of 2020. http://kevincareywriter.com
Teresa Carson holds an MFA in Poetry and an MFA in Theatre, both from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Elegy for the Floater (CavanKerry Press, 2008); My Crooked House (CavanKerry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize; The Congress of Human Oddities (Deerbrook Editions, 2015). She is a co-founder of the Unbroken Thread[s] Project, which explores how histories/myths/memories are excavated, interpreted, transformed and transmitted. A fairly new resident of Sarasota, Florida, she works to bring poetry to everyone in Sarasota County through her Poetry in Un/Expected Places project, which involves collaborations with artists from all genres.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Sandra M. Castillo left the island of her birth with her family in the summer of 1970 on one of the last of President Johnson’s Freedom Flights and grew up in South Florida. Her work explores issues of memory, history, gender and language, but it reflects a personal vision, tied primarily by history, personal and otherwise. She depicts contradictory worlds, the memory of a homeland and memory politics while examining the ordinary reality of exile as well as the duality of existence. Eating Moors and Christians (CavanKerry, 2016) is a startling collection of poems of her life in post-revolutionary Cuba, of exile in Miami, and her journey back, each time unearthing powerful new memories and voices that become part of this great ajiaco of magic, glorious food, and unforgettable people, as well as the haunted spaces between “history and sorrow.”
Karen Chase lives in Western Massachusetts. She is the author of two collections of poems, Kazimierz Square and BEAR as well as Jamali-Kamali, a book-length homoerotic poem which takes place in Mughal India. Her award-winning book, Land of Stone, tells the story of her work with a silent young man in a psychiatric hospital where she was the hospital poet. Her memoir, Polio Boulevard, came out in 2014, followed by FDR On His Houseboat: The Larooco Log, 1924-1926 in 2016.
David S. Cho
David S. Cho was born and raised in the Chicago area, along with his brother and extended family, the proud children of Korean immigrants in the early 1970s. As an Asian American, he is a man of many homes, balancing his American, Asian immigrant, and Asian American heritage. He has also lived, studied, and taught in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, Seattle, and West-Central Indiana, currently splitting time between Western Michigan, and Naperville, Illinois, where he resides with his wife and three children. Night Sessions released with CavanKerry Press in 2011.
Robert Cording taught for 38 years at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is now a poetry mentor in MFA program at Seattle Pacific University. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry and his poems have appeared in publications such as the Nation, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Poetry, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, New Ohio Review, New England Review, Orion, and the New Yorker. He has released five books with CavanKerry Press: Against Consolation (2002), Common Life (2006), Walking With Ruskin (2010), Only So Far (2015), and Without My Asking (2019).
Sam Cornish grew up in Baltimore, MD and lived in Boston, MA until his death in 2018. Following his move to Boston, he was a teacher at the Highland Park Community School in Roxbury, MA, and was also active in the Poetry in the Schools Program in Boston and Cambridge, MA. In the early 80s, he was the Literature Director of the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities and subsequently, an instructor in Creative Writing at Emerson College until his retirement in 2006. In addition to his nine books of poetry and two children’s books, he has been published in dozens of periodicals, including Essence, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, the Christian Science Monitor and the Boston Globe. In 2007, he was chosen as the first Poet Laureate of the City of Boston. CavanKerry Press released An Apron Full of Beans: New and Selected Poems in 2008.
Paola Corso is the author of 7 poetry and fiction books set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family found work in the steel mills. Most recent are The Laundress Catches Her Breath (CavanKerry Press, 2012), winner of the Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing, Once I Was Told the Air Was Not Breathing, winner of a Triangle Fire Memorial Association Award, and her forthcoming collection Vertical Bridges: Poems, Essays, and Photographs of City Steps. Her nonfiction has appeared in venues such as The New York Times, Women’s Review of Books, and U.S. Catholic. Writing honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, and inclusion on Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Cultural and Literary Map. A literary activist, Corso is co-founder and resident artist of Steppin Stanzas, a poetry and art project celebrating city steps. She is a member of Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists Collective who exhibits her photographs in libraries, galleries, and open studios. She divides her time between New York City where she is on the English Department Faculty at Touro College and Pittsburgh. paolacorso.com
Shira Dentz is the author of two chapbooks and five books including Sisyphusina (PANK, 2020), door of thin skins, a cross-genre memoir (CavanKerry, 2013), and how do I net thee (Salmon Poetry), a National Poetry Series finalist. Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, New American Writing, Iowa Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series (Poets.org), and NPR. A recipient of awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, she is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and teaches in upstate NY. More about her writing can be found at www.shiradentz.com.
Moyra Donaldson lives in Northern Ireland. She has nine poetry collection, Snakeskin Stilettos, Beneath the Ice, The Horse’s Nest and Miracle Fruit, from Lagan Press, Belfast and an American edition of Snakeskin Stilettos, published in 2002 from CavanKerry Press. Her Selected Poems and The Goose Tree, were both published by Liberties Press, Dublin. Moyra has also collaborated with photographer Victoria J Dean, resulting in the art book Dis-ease and with visual artist Paddy Lennon, resulting in a limited edition book of poetry and paintings, Blood Horses, from Caesura Press. Her latest collection, Carnivorous was published by Doire Press, Spring 2019. In 2019, Moyra received a Major Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Catherine Doty is a poet and educator from Paterson, New Jersey. She is the author of two collections of poetry: momentum (CavanKerry, 2004) and Wonderama (CavanKerry, 2021). She has received prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. An MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Frost Place, and the New York Public Library, among others. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies.
Sherry Fairchok was born in Scranton in 1962. She spent the early part of her childhood in Taylor, PA, a coal-mining town, in which her family has lived since the 1880s, and where her grandfather, great-uncles, and great-grandfather worked as miners. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and an M.F. A. degree from Sarah Lawrence college. Her poems have appeared in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, DoubleTake, and Poetry Northwest, among other journals. She works as an information technology editor and lives in Mount Vernon, NY. In 2003, CavanKerry Press published her collection The Palace of Ashes.
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist (University of North Texas, 2012), won the Vassar Miller Prize and was featured by Poets & Writers as one of a dozen debut collections to watch. His poems have appeared in magazines including Guernica, the New Republic, Tin House, jubilat, FIELD, and the Literary Review. He currently serves as executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and lives in Portland, Maine with his family. His second collection, Deke Dangle Dive, released with CavanKerry in 2021.
Marie Lawson Fiala
Marie Lawson Fiala, born in Europe, came to the United States as a child. Her first language was Czech, and she learned English only after starting grade school. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Distinction from Stanford University, her Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Fiala is a full-tie practicing attorney and a partner in an international law firm, specializing in complex commercial litigation. Letters From a Distant Shore was released in 2010.
Sondra Gash grew up in Paterson, NJ. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Calyx, The Paterson Literary Review, and U.S. 1 Worksheets, and her full-length collection Silk Elegy was released by CavanKerry in 2002. She has received grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Corporation of Yaddo, and won first prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition. In 1999, the Geraldine Dodge Foundation awarded her a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Arts. She lives with her husband in New Jersey, where she teaches writing and directs the poetry program at the Women’s Resource Center in Summit.
Ross Gay was born in Youngstown, Ohio and grew up outside of Philadelphia. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, and Atlanta Review, among other journals. Ross is a Cave Canem fellow and has been a Breadloaf Tuition Scholar. Against Which, Gay’s debut collection of poetry, was published by CavanKerry Press in 2006. In addition to holding a Ph.D in American Literature from Temple University, he is a basketball coach, an occasional demolition man, a painter, and teaches at Indiana University.
Loren Graham was raised in and around Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He studied as a writer and composer at Oklahoma Baptist University, Baylor University, and the University of Virginia. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2009 for poems that became part of Places I Was Dreaming (CavanKerry Press, 2015). He currently lives in Helena, Montana, with his wife, Jane Shawn.
John Haines, poet, essayist, and teacher was born in 1924 and died in March 2011. After studying painting, he spent more than twenty years homesteading in Alaska. The author of more than ten collections of poetry, his works include At the End of This Summer: Poems 1948-1954, The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer and New Poems 1980-88, for which he received both the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Western States Book Award. He taught at Ohio University, George Washington University, University of Montana, Bucknell University, and the University of Cincinnati. He was Resident at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy and Rasmuson Fellow at the U.S. Artists Meeting, Los Angeles. Named a Fellow by The Academy of American Poets in 1997, his other honors include the Alaska Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, two Guggenheim Fellowships, an Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Congress. In 2008, Sewanee Review awarded Haines the Atkin Taylor Award for Poetry. CavanKerry had the honor of publishing Descent in 2010, as well as A Gradual Twilight: An Appreciation of John Haines, a collection of reflections on Haines’s writing.
Joan Cusack Handler
As the founder of CavanKerry Press, Joan Cusack Handler is a poet and memoirist, a psychologist in clinical practice, and a blogger for PsychologyToday.com (“Of Art and Science”). Her poems have been widely published and have received awards from The Boston Review and five Pushcart nominations. A Bronx native, she has four published books with CavanKerry – GlOrious (2003), The Red Canoe: Love In Its Making (2008), Confessions of Joan the Tall: A Memoir (2012), and Orphans (2016) – and currently resides in Brooklyn and the East Hamptons. Joan is married to a great man and fellow psychologist, has a loving son and daughter-in-law, and two amazing granddaughters.
Judith Hannan is the author of Motherhood Exaggerated (CavanKerry Press, 2012), her memoir of discovery and transformation during her daughter’s cancer treatment and transition into survival. Her most recent book is The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Live With and Beyond Illness. Her essays have appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, AARP: The Girlfriend, Woman’s Day, Narratively, The Forward, Brevity, Opera News, The Healing Muse, and The Martha’s Vineyard Gazette. Ms. Hannan teaches writing about personal experience to homeless mothers, young women in the criminal just system as well as to those affected by physical and/or mental illness. She is a writing mentor with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Visible Ink program where she also serves as an interventionist in a study to evaluate the benefits of expressive writing among elderly cancer patients. In June, 2016, Ms. Hannan joined the faculty of the inaugural Narrative Medicine program at Kripalu. In 2015, she received a Humanism-in-Medicine award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Ms. Hannan serves on the board of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan where she is also Writer-in-Residence. www.judithhannanwrites.com
Elizabeth Hall Hutner
Elizabeth Hall Hutner was a writer, scholar and musician who lived in Princeton, N.J., where she completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Her short essays have been published in A Real Life, a bimonthly magazine. Hutner graduated from Yale University, where she studied with Mark Strand and J.D. McClatchy, and she worked with Marvin Bell at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. She also held a Master of Arts from Princeton. She died of breast cancer in November, 2002. In 2004, her collection of poetry, Life With Sam, was published as the first entry in CavanKerry’s LaurelBooks collection.
Marcus Jackson was born in Toledo, Ohio. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Harvard Review, The Cincinnati Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among many other publications. He has received fellowships from New York University and Cave Canem. His debut collection of poetry, Neighborhood Register, was published by CavanKerry Press in 2011.
Susan Jackson feels fortunate to have had an amazing life. Abundance is one of her life themes – and abundance of joys and an abundance of sorrows… the joy of family, friendship, fulfillment in my work, the sorrow of loss as parents age and die… Her husband and she lived in France, Belgium, Portugal, and Holland before moving to New Jersey where they raised four children. They are blessed to have two granddaughters. John and she now live in Teton County, Wyoming. She is grateful to CavanKerry Press for publishing Through a Gate of Trees, and believes in the power of words to foster community and understanding.
Gray Jacobik is a widely anthologized poet; The Double Task was selected by James Tate for the Juniper Prize; The Surface of Last Scattering received the X. J. Kennedy Prize; Brave Disguises, the AWP Poetry Series Award. In 2016 The Banquet: New & Selected Poems received the William Meredith Award in Poetry. She’s been awarded The Yeats Prize, the Emily Dickinson Award and the Third Coast Poetry Prize. Jacobik is a painter as well as a poet and several CKP covers have featured her art. She has released two poetry collection with CavanKerry Press – Little Boy Blue: A Memoir in Verse (2011) and Eleanor (2020). http://www.grayjacobik.com/
David Keller is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Bar of the Flattened Heart 2014. He has taught poetry workshops in New York and has served as Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Biennial Poetry Festival, on the Board of Governors for the Poetry Society of America, and as a member of the Advisory Board of The Frost Place. Along with the late Donald Sheehan he founded the Frost Places Center of Poetry and the Arts in Franconia, NH in the late 1970’s. He had published widely in magazines and journals including Poetry, Sou’wester, and Gettysburg Review.
Tina Kelley’s fourth poetry collection, Rise Wildly, was released in 2020 by CavanKerry Press, which also published Abloom and Awry (2017). Ardor won the Jacar Press 2017 chapbook competition. Her other books are Precise (Word Press), and The Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book Award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, and was a reporter for The New York Times for a decade, sharing in a staff Pulitzer for coverage of the 9/11 attacks. She wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims, and many stories about oppression: the health problems of a Native American tribe living near a Superfund site, a high school student who challenged a proselytizing public school teacher and who received a death threat for his stance, a transgender vocational school principal in a rural town, and the lives of children waiting to be adopted out of foster care. Her journalism has appeared in Orion, Audubon, and People magazines, and her poetry has appeared in Poetry East, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, The Best American Poetry, and on the buses of Seattle. She and her husband have two children and live in Maplewood, NJ.
Christine Korfhage was born in Albany, NY and grew up overseas. A former artisan and juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, she began writing poetry at age 49. Returning to school after three decades, in 1999 she received her B.A. from Vermont College’s Adult Degree Program where she was awarded a Fellowship for Excellence in Creative Writing. She received her M.F.A. from Bennington College in 2001. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Chiron Review, Connecticut River Review, Nimrod International Review, Paterson Literary Review, Pearl, Red Rock Review and The Spoon River Poetry Review. A mother and grandmother, Christine lives in New Hampshire. CavanKerry Press published her poetry collection, We Aren’t Who We Are and this world isn’t either, in 2007.
Laurie Lamon’s poems have appeared in journals and magazines including The Atlantic, The New Republic, Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, Plume, Ploughshares, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, Innisfree Poetry Journal, North American Review and others. She has two poetry collections published at CavanKerry Press: The Fork Without Hunger (2005), and Without Wings (2009). She was the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and was selected by Donald Hall as a Witter Bynner Fellow in 2007. She currently holds the Amy Ryan Endowed professorship at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and is poetry editor for the literary journal Rock & Sling. She lives with my husband Bill Siems, and their two Dachshund Chihuahua dogs, Willow and Johnny.
Joseph O. Legaspi
Joseph O. Legaspi, a Fulbright and New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, is the author of two poetry collections from CavanKerry Press, Threshold (2017) and Imago (2007); and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). His poems have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Best of the Net, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. He co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a national organization serving generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. He lives with his husband in Queens, NY.
Harriet Levin is the author of The Christmas Show (Beacon Press, 1997), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and The Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; Girl in Cap and Gown (Mammoth Books, 2010), a National Poetry Series finalist; and My Oceanography (Cavankerry, 2018). Her novel How Fast Can You Run, (Harvard Square Editions, 2016) grew out of a One Book, One Philadelphia writing project from interviews with Sudanese refugee Michael Majok Kuch and was excepted in The Kenyon Review. She holds a MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches writing at Drexel University.
Howard Levy is the author of CavanKerry’s first book, A Day This Lit (2000), as well as Spooky Action at a Distance (2014). His work has appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review, and The Gettysburg Review. He has served as a faculty member of the Frost Place Poetry Festival and currently lives in New York.
Kali Lightfoot lives in Salem, Massachusetts. She worked as a teacher, wilderness ranger in Washington state, executive at Road Scholar, and most recently as founding executive director of the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Lightfoot earned an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies and been nominated for Pushcart Prizes by Lavender Review and Poetry South, and Best of the Net by Star 82 Review. Kali received an honorable mention in the SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest, and she has written reviews of poetry books for Broadsided Press, The Hopper, and Solstice. Her debut poetry collection, Pelted By Flowers, was released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.
The Snow’s Wife, released by CavanKerry in November 2020, is Frannie Lindsay’s sixth volume. Her others are If Mercy (The WordWorks, 2016); Our Vanishing (Red Hen, 2012); Mayweed (The WordWorks, 2010); Lamb, (Perugia, 2006);and Where She Always Was (Utah State University, 2004). Her honors include the Benjamin Saltman Award; the Washington Prize; the May Swenson Award; and The Missouri Review Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Lindsay’s work appears in the Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, Field, Plume, and Best American Poetry. She is a classical pianist and teaches workshops on grief and trauma.
Christopher Matthews was born in Donegal, Ireland and grew up and was educated between that country and England. He took his bachelor’s degree at the University of Ulster and obtained a PH.D from the University of Durham: its subject was Ezra Pound. His poems have appeared in The American Scholar, Crazyhorse, The Dublin Review and other journals. He currently teaches literature to undergraduates in Lugano, Switzerland. Eyelevel: Fifty Histories released with CavanKerry Press in 2003.
Michael Miller‘s Darkening the Grass (2012) is the third book by an accomplished American poet who is in his eighth decade. The Joyful Dark, his first book, was the “Editor’s Choice” winner of the McGovern Prize at Ashland Poetry Press. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sewanee Review, The American Scholar, The New Republic, Raritan,The Southern Review, The Yale Review and other publications. Born in New York City in 1940, he now lives in Massachusetts.
Martin Mooney’s poetry, short fiction, reviews, criticism and cultural commentary have been published in Irish and British periodicals. Following Grub, which on its original release in Ireland won the Brendan Behand Memorial Award, Mooney published Bonfire Makers, Operation Sandcastle, and Rasputin and His Children. His poems have appeared in Field and The Gettsyburg Review. He was writer-in-residence as the Brighton Festival and the Aspects Festival of Irish Writing, and twice was appointed a member of the resident faculty at The Robert Frost Place Poetry Festival in Franconia, NH.
Mark Nepo has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time.” A #1 New York Times bestselling author, his twenty-two books (Including 2007’s Surviving Has Made Me Crazy) and fifteen audio projects have been translated into over twenty languages. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.
Richard Jeffrey Newman
Richard Jeffrey Newman, an associate professor at Nassau Community College, New York, is an essayist, poet and translator who has been publishing his work since 1988, when the essay “His Sexuality; Her Reproductive Rights” appeared in Changing Men magazine. Since then, his essays, poems, and translations have appeared in a wide range of journals, among them Prairie Schooner and Birmingham Poetry Review. He has given talks and led workshops on writing autobiographically about gender, sex, and sexuality. The Silence of Men was released by CavanKerry Press in 2006.
Brent Newsom is the author of Love’s Labors (CavanKerry Press, 2015) and the librettist for A Porcelain Doll, an opera based on the life of deafblind pioneer Laura Bridgman. His poems have also appeared in Southern Review, Hopkins Review, Cave Wall, and other journals. He lives and teaches in central Oklahoma.
Kari L. O’Driscoll is a writer and mother of two living in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in print anthologies on mothering, reproductive rights, and cancer, as well as online in outlets such as Ms. Magazine, ParentMap, The ManifestStation, and Healthline. She is the founder of The SELF Project, an organization whose goals are to help teenagers, teachers, and caregivers of teens recognize the unique challenges and amazing attributes of adolescents and to use mindfulness and nonviolent communication to build better relationships. Her memoir, Truth Has a Different Shape, was published in Spring 2020. You can find her at www.kariodriscollwriter.com.
January Gill O’Neil
January Gill O’Neil is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and a board of trustees’ member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast “The Slowdown,” the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and is the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She has released three collections of poetry with CavanKerry Press – Underlife (2009), Misery Islands (2014), and Rewilding (2018).
Rebecca Hart Olander
Rebecca Hart Olander grew up in eastern Massachusetts between Gloucester and Boston. She earned a BA from Hampshire College, an MAT in English from Smith College, and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry, book reviews, and collaborative writing and collage have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. A chapbook, Dressing the Wounds, was released in 2019 by dancing girl press. Rebecca lives in western Massachusetts where she teaches writing at Westfield State University and is the editor/director of Perugia Press, a nonprofit feminist press publishing first and second full-length books of poetry by women. Uncertain Acrobats, her full-length debut, is due out in November 2021 with CavanKerry Press.
Georgianna Orsini attended Wellesley College and Harvard University and received her B.A. degree from Columbia University, during which time she worked as a Program Coordinator at International House. She has lived in Tuscany and New York. Her gardens have been featured in House and Garden, House Beautiful and American Women’s Garden. At present, she lives in the mountains of North Carolina where she continues to make gardens. An Imperfect Lover, her collection of poems and watercolors, was released by CavanKerry in 2004.
Adrianna Páramo is a Colombian anthropologist and winner of the Social Justice and Equality Award in creative nonfiction with her book Looking for Esperanza. Her writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review, Consequence Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Carolina Quarterly Review, Magnolia Journal, So To Speak, Compass Rose, and Phati’tude, among others. Páramo has volunteered her time as a transcriber for Voice of Witness, a book series which empowers those affected by social injustice. Her memoir, My Mother’s Funeral, was released by CavanKerry in 2013.
Peggy Penn’s poetry appeared in several publications including O Magazine, The Paris Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Western Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review and Margie Review. She won the poem for the first poem published in the journal Kimera, and the first Emily Dickinson Award for innovative poetry. She released two collections with CavanKerry Press – So Close (2001) and My Painted Warriors (2011) – before her death in 2012.
Donald Platt’s seventh and sixth books are respectively One Illuminated Letter of Being (Red Mountain Press, 2020) and Man Praying (Free Verse Editions / Parlor Press, 2017). His fifth book, Tornadoesque, appeared through CavanKerry Press’s Notable Voices series in 2016. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, Nation, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Tin House, Yale Review, and Southern Review, as well as in The Best American Poetry 2000, 2006, and 2015. He is a recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1996 and 2011), of three Pushcart Prizes, and of the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize. Currently, he is a full professor of English at Purdue University.
Cati Porter is a poet, editor, essayist, arts administrator, wife, mother, daughter, friend. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks, including My Skies of Small Horses, The Body, Like Bread, and The Body at a Loss. Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Contrary, West Trestle, So to Speak, The Nervous Breakdown, and others, as well as many anthologies. Her personal essays have appeared Salon, The Manifest-Station, Lady / Liberty / Lit, and Zocalo Public Square, Pratik and Shark Reef. She lives in Inland Southern California with her family where she runs Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and directs Inlandia Institute, a literary nonprofit and home to Inlandia Books, including The Hillary Gravendyk Prize.
Dawn Potter is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including How the Crimes Happened (2010), and Same Old Story (2014) . New work appears in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Split Rock Review, Vox Populi, and many other journals. She has received fellowships and awards from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Writers’ Center, and the Maine Arts Commission, and her memoir Tracing Paradise won the Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction. Dawn directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and leads the high school writing seminars at Monson Arts. She lives in Portland, Maine.
Wanda S. Praisner
Wanda S. Praisner, a recipient of fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Dodge Foundation, PFAWC, and VCCA, has work in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, and Prairie Schooner. Books include: A Fine and Bitter Snow (USCA, ’03), On the Bittersweet Avenues of Pomona (Spire P., ’05), Where the Dead Are (CKP, ’13), Sometimes When Something Is Singing (Antrim H., ’14), Natirar ( Kelsay B., ’17), and To Illuminate the Way (Aldrich P., ’18). A resident poet for the state, she’s received sixteen Pushcart Prize nominations, the Egan Award, Princemere Prize, Kudzu Award, First Prize in Poetry at the College of NJ Writer’s Conference, and the 2017 New Jersey Poets Prize.
Jack Ridl, Poet Laureate of Douglas, Michigan (Population 1100), in April 2019 released Saint Peter and the Goldfinch (Wayne State University Press). His Practicing to Walk Like a Heron (WSUPress, 2013) was awarded the National Gold Medal for poetry by ForeWord Reviews/Indie Fab. His collection Broken Symmetry (WSUPress) was co-recipient of The Society of Midland Authors best book of poetry award for 2006. His Losing Season (CavanKerry Press) was named the best sports book of the year for 2009 by The Institute for International Sport.Then Poet Laureate Billy Collins selected his Against Elegies for The Center for Book Arts Chapbook Award. Every Thursday following the 2016 election he sent out a commentary and poem. The students at Hope College named him both their Outstanding Professor and their Favorite Professor, and in 1996 The Carnegie (CASE) Foundation named him Michigan Professor of the Year. More than 90 of Jack’s students are published, several of whom have received First Book Awards, national honors. For further information about Jack, his website is www.ridl.com.
Kenneth Rosen was born in Boston, and has lived in Maine since 1965. He recently taught at the American University in Bulgaria, and as a Fulbright professor at Sofia University. Whole Horse, his first collection, was selected for Richard Howard’s Braziller Poetry Series. Others are The Hebrew Lion, Black Leaves, Longfellow Square, Reptile Mind, No Snake, No Paradise, and The Origins of Tragedy. He founded the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference in 1981, and directed it for ten years.
Once a park service ranger and wilderness guide, Andrea Ross now teaches writing at UC Davis. She has been awarded several California Arts Council residencies and a fellowship at the Mesa Refuge. Her work can be found in Ploughshares, Terrain, the Café Review, and the Dirtbag Diaries Podcast. She lives in Davis, California with her husband and son. Her debut memoir, Unnatural Selection, was released by CavanKerry Press in 2021. Find out more at andrearosswriter.com.
Mary Ruefle has published several books of poetry, including Among the Musk Ox People (Carnegie Mellon, 2002). Apparition Hill was completed in 1989 in China, where she was teaching. It falls between her books, The Adamant (University of Iowa, 1989) and Cold Pluto (Carnegie Mellon, 1996). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College.
Maureen Seaton has authored numerous poetry collections, both solo and collaborative. Her honors include the Lambda Literary Award, NEA, Illinois Arts Council Grant, Audre Lorde Award, and the Pushcart. Her memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008 & 2018), also garnered a “Lammy”. With poet Denise Duhamel, she co-authored Caprice: Collected, Uncollected, and New Collaborations (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015); and with poet Neil de la Flor, she co-edited the anthology Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos (Anhinga Press, 2018). Seaton is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Miami and published Sweet World with CavanKerry Press in 2019.
Robert Seder was a production and lighting designer for many dance and theater companies for 20 years, working with David Gordon, Lucinda Childs, Meredith Monk, Carolyn Brown, Eric Bogosian, and Philip Glass, among others. He was a semifinalist for the Julie Harris Playwright award in 1987 with LIGHT, and wrote several other plays, produced in New York City, Madison and Boston. He also wrote novels and short stories in addition to his narrative of his first bone marrow transplant. He was an enthusiastic participant and teacher in the Bard College Language and Thinking Program and also offered “Writing Our Illness” workshops to the community. After undergoing a second bone marrow transplant in August 2001, he died on March 6, 2002, from multiple infections that his weakened immune system was unable to defeat. His posthumous collection, To The Marrow (2007), chronicles his journey through bone marrow transplantation.
Fred Shaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University, where he received his MFA. He teaches writing and literature at Point Park University and Carlow University. His first collection, Scraping Away, released with CavanKerry Press in April 2020. A book reviewer and Poetry Editor for Pittsburgh Quarterly, his poem, “Argot,” is featured in the 2018 full-length documentary, Eating & Working & Eating & Working. The film focuses on the lives of local service-industry workers. His poem “Scraping Away” was selected for the PA Public Poetry Project in 2017. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and rescued hound dog.
Danny Shot was longtime publisher and editor of Long Shot magazine, which he founded along with Eliot Katz. His poems and stories have been widely anthologized and he’s performed his work everywhere. Mr. Shot lives in Hoboken, NJ (home of Frank Sinatra and baseball). He was featured in the widely acclaimed TV show State of the Arts. His play Roll the Dice was produced in September 2018 as part of the New York Theater Festival. Danny currently serves as Head Poetry Editor of Red Fez (https://www.redfez.net/) online magazine. WORKS was published by CavanKerry Press in 2018.
Joan Seliger Sidney
Joan Seliger Sidney is writer-in-residence at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. She also facilitates “Writing for Your Life,” an adult writing workshop. Her dream-came-true job was teaching creative writing at the Université de Grenoble, France. Her poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Louisville Review, Kaleidoscope, and Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry. She has received fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems published in 2003 were nominated for a Pushcart Prize XXIX. She has three published books: The Way the Past Comes Back (The Kutenai Press, 1992), Body of Diminishing Motion (CavanKerry Press, 2004), and Bereft and Blessed (Antrim House, 2014). She lives in Storrs, Connecticut, with her husband. Their four adult children are thriving.
Robin Silbergleid 2015
Robin Silbergleid is the author of several books and chapbooks, including In the Cubiculum Nocturnum (Dancing Girl Press, 2019) and the memoir Texas Girl (Demeter 2014); she is also co-editor of Reading and Writing Experimental Texts: Critical Innovations (Palgrave 2017). Currently, she lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program at Michigan State University. Her collection The Baby Book was published by CavanKerry in 2015.
Judith Sornberger’s newest poetry book, I Call to You from Time came out in July 2019 from Wipf & Stock. Her other full-length poetry collections are Practicing the World (CavanKerry, 2018) and Open Heart (Calyx Books). She is also the author of five chapbooks, most recently Wal-Mart Orchid, winner of the 2012 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize (Evening Street Press). Her prose memoir The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany was published by Shanti Arts Press. She is a professor emerita from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she taught English and created and taught in the Women’s Studies Program.
Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf (2018) named a 2019 ‘Must Read’ book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, Split the Crow, and Church of Needles. She is also the author of two chapbooks: Yell, which won the 2018 Summer Tide Pool Prize at C&R Press, and Hex which won the 2019 Cow Creek Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, North American Review, the Southern Poetry Review, Verse Daily and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. Her honors include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. She is a member of the board of directors of Perugia Press.
In 2019, CavanKerry Press published Margo Taft Stever’s Cracked Piano and Kattywompus Press published her chapbook Ghost Moose. She is the founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding editor of Slapering Hol Press. She teaches poetry to at-risk children at Children’s Village. For more information, please see www.margotaftstever.com.
Carole Stone has published three books of poetry and seven chapbooks. Her most recent poetry collections are American Rhapsody, CavanKerry Press, 2012, Hurt, the Shadow, Dos Madres Press, 2013, Late, Turning Point, 2016, All We Have is Our Voice, Dos Madres Press, 2018. Her most recent poems have been published in Slab, Cavewall, Bellevue Literary Review and Blue Fifth Review. Her poems shared second place in The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest in 2014 and 2015 and honorable mention in 2017.
Cindy Veach 2017
Cindy Veach is the author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press, forthcoming October 2021) and Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, 2017), named a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and a ‘Must Read’ by The Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Diode and elsewhere. She received the 2019 Phillip Booth Poetry Prize and the 2018 Samuel Allen Washington Prize. www.cindyveach.com
Phoebe Sparrow Wagner
Artist, poet, co-author of Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia (St Martins Press, 2005) and author of We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders (CavanKerry Press, 2009). Her third book, poems and original art, Learning to See in Three Dimensions (Green Writers Press, 2017) is now also available from Amazon and other booksellers. Visit http://phoebesparrowwagner.com for Wagner’s poetry.
Sarah Bracey White
A southerner transplanted to New York, Sarah Bracey White mines her past in memoir, essays and poetry. Her published works include Primary Lessons: A Memoir; The Wanderlust: A South Carolina Folk Tale; and Feelings Brought to Surface, a poetry collection. Her essays have been anthologized in Children of the Dream; Dreaming in Color, Living in Black White; Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother and numerous other publications. The New York Times, the Afro-American Newspapers and the Journal News have published her essays. Sarah is a frequent contributor and performer with Read650. Visit her website www.onmymind.org for more information.
Jack Wiler was raised in New Jersey and lived in Jersey City until his death in 2009. Diagnosed with AIDS in 2001, Jack spent the last years of his life writing and educating students about poetry. For much of his life, he worked in pest control, most notably for Acme Exterminating in New York. He worked for Long Shot Magazine for many years and in association with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation worked as a visiting poet in the schools. Jack’s words can be found online at http://jackwiler.blogspot.com and in his two CavanKerry collections, Fun Being Me (2006) and Divina Is Divina (2010).
Baron Wormser is the author of eighteen books (including The Poetry Life Ten Stories, 2008, Impenitent Notes, 2011, and Unidentified Sighing Objects, 2015). Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2005 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. In June, 2020, Songs from a Voice, Being the Recollections, Stanzas and Observations of Abe Runyon, Songwriter and Performer, a fictional consideration of the early years of Bob Dylan will be published. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with his wife Janet.