Contributors' Notes
Tony Barnstone's books of poetry are Impure (UP of Florida), Sad Jazz:Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press) and The Golem of Los Angeles (winner, Benjamin Saltman Award, forthcoming with Red Hen Press, 2007). He teaches creative writing and literature at Whittier College and is the recipient of many awards, the most recent being an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. He has published many edited volumes and books of translation, the newest of which is Chinese Erotic Poems (forthcoming, Everyman Press, 2007).
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Mulberry (Tupelo). Milkweed Editions will be publishing A Whaler's Dictionary in August 2008, a series of interlinked meditations on Moby-Dick. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University. 

Susie Brandt teaches textile/fabric art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and has had solo exhibitions at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, the Philadelphia International Airport, Abel Joseph Gallery (Brussels), and elsewhere. She just won a 2007 Baltimore Arts and Humanities Grant. More of her work appears in issue 1.1

Geoffrey Brock is the author of Weighing Light, winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and four book-length translations of Cesare Pavese, Umberto Eco, Roberto Calasso, and Antonia Arslan. He is currently working on a bilingual anthology of 20th-century Italian poetry for Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. He teaches in the the Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. More of his work appears in issue 1.1

Terese Coe's poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review, Smartish Pace, Nimrod, New American Writing, The Cincinnati Review, Agenda (UK), Orbis (UK), and Poetry Nottingham (UK), among numerous others, and her first collection of poems, The Everyday Uncommon, won a Word Press publication prize, published in 2005. She was awarded a 2006 residence at Vermont Studio Center and has received three Pushcart nominations and two grants from Giorno Poetry Systems, among other awards.

Tom Daley was a machinist for many years and now teaches poetry writing at the Online School of Poetry and the Boston Center for Adult Education. His poetry has been published in Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, 32 Poems, Poetry Ireland Review, Diagram, Eleventh Muse, Archipelago and elsewhere. His manuscript, Shim, was a finalist for The Poetry Foundation’s Emily Dickinson Prize.

Erica Dawson is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, Big-Eyed Afraid, winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize, is forthcoming from Waywiser Press this fall.

Elizabeth Hadaway's first book, Fire Baton, was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2006. She held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford under the name Leigh Palmer and lives near Baltimore.

H. L. Hix teaches in and directs the creative writing MFA at the University of Wyoming. His latest poetry collection, Chromatic, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his other recent books include a collection of essays on poetry entitled As Easy As Lying, and an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words.

Hailey Leithauser Hailey Leithauser's work has most recently appeared or is upcoming in The Antioch Review, The Greensboro Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, The Seneca Review, and West Branch. She is Assistant Editor of The National Poetry Review.

Traci O'Dea's poems have appeared in Poetry, The Fiddlehead, Room of One's Own, 32 Poems, and elsewhere. She lives in Valenciennes, France, where she is teaching English, revising her poetry manuscript, and completing a novel.

Jennifer Perrine is the author of The Body Is No Machine (New Issues, 2007). Her poetry has appeared recently in such journals as Bellingham Review, Green Mountains Review, Nimrod, RATTLE, and Spoon River Poetry Review. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where she teaches literature, writing, and gender studies at Drake University.

As a founding member of the group of French poets called the Pleiades, Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585) wished to encourage writing in French rather than in Latin. He hoped to enrich the French language and to establish a culturally relevant literature in France. Members of the Pleiades often wrote in classical and Italian forms, having taken their name from a group of seven Alexandrian poets who lived c. 280 B.C. Ronsard was for many years the royal poet for the House of Valois, memorializing numerous kings and members of the French Court as well as official events and literary figures, including Henri II, Charles IX, François Rabelais, and Marguerite de Navarre.

Ryan Sawyer works as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Seattle. His poems have appeared in LIGHT, Seattle Review, Portland Review, Pivot, The American Oxonian, and elsewhere. Sawyer is also the author of a chapbook of poems, Bowl and Pitcher Park (March Street Press, 2004).

Christof Scheele has published poems and short fiction in a handful of venues, including Verse, Beloit Poetry Journal, jubilat, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Prairie Schooner, and is the author of a chapbook, Eitherland, published in 2006 by Three Sheets Press. In 2003, he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. Reared in Nebraska, he has lived for extended periods in Germany and Hungary, and presently thrives in the swamp country of Northwest Ohio.

A. E. Stallings is an American poet residing in Greece. She has
published two collections of poems, Archaic Smile and Hapax. Her new verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things, is due out from Penguin Classics. More of her work appears in issue 1.1



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