April 20, 2006 Cathryn Hankla’s the author of ten books of poetry and fiction, including the novel The Land Between (Baskerville, 2003) and the poetry collections, Last Exposures: a sequence of poems (LSU, 2004), Poems for the Pardoned (LSU 2002) and Texas School Book Depository: prose poems (LSU 2000). She’s the poetry editor of The Hollins Critic
April 20, 2006 Bunny GoodJohn emigrated to the USA from the UK in 1999. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies including The Texas Review, The Cortland Review, and Wind Magazine. Her first novel “Sticklebacks and Snow Globes” is due for release by New York publishing house Permanent Press in October 2007, and her poetry collection “The Weather House” is looking for a publisher.
March 16, 2006 Constance Merritt Recipient of a 2001 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a 2001/2002 fellowship from The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Edward Stanley and Hugh J. Luke Awards from Prairie Schooner, two Pushcart Prize nominations and an Academy of American Poets College Prize, Merritt has published poems in Callaloo, Quarterly West, American Literary Review, Disability Rag & Resource, and The Women’s Review of Books. Born in Arkansas and educated at the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock she holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the Universityof Nebraska-Lincoln.
March 16, 2006 Laura-Gray Street has received a poetry fellowship from the VCA and the Dana Award in Poetry. Her poems have been published in Shenandoah, Meridian, the Notre Dame Review, the Yalobusha Review, New Virginia Review, and Blackbird, among other venues. She was commissioned in 1999 to write a libretto for the New York Festival of Song. Street is assistant professor of English at RMWC. She holds a BA from Hollins University, an MA from the UVa, and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.
Claudia Emerson was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Late Wife: Poems (LSU Press, 2005). She is also the author of the poetry collections Pharaoh, Pharaoh, and Pinion: An Elegy; all volumes are published in Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and other journals. Emerson is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is an associate professor of English at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
March 16, 2006 Camille Dungy, author of (Red Hen Press), has won fellowships and awards from organizations including the NEA, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, The American Antiquarian Society, Yaddo, the VCCA, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, Mid-American Review, The Crab Orchard Review and other places. A graduate of Stanford University and the MFA program at UNC-Greensboro, Dungy is now an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State Univ.
March 16, 2006 Jim Peterson was born in Georgia and raised in South Carolina and has lived in Montana and Virginia . When not writing or teaching, he prefers to spend his time riding his motorcycle around the country or hiking in the mountains and deserts of the West. His fourth poetry collection, The Owning Stone, won The Benjamin Saltman Award. His poems have been widely published in such journals as Poetry , Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner, and was awarded a 2003 Poetry Fellowship by the VCA. His plays have been produced in colleges and regional theatres. Paper Crown is his first novel. He is currently Coordinator of Creative Writing at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and lives in Lynchburg , Virginia with his wife, Harriet, and their Welsh Corgi, Dylan Thomas.
February 16, 2006 Allison Titus has published poems in journals such as Indiana Review, American Literary Review, Quarterly West, Barrow Street, Spinning Jenny, and many others. She holds degrees from Vermont College, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., and University of Mary Washington. Currently Allison lives in Richmond, VA, where she works as a freelance writer.
February 16, 2006 Taije Silverman (February 2006) the 2005-2007 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory, holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Vassar, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland. Her poems have been published in journals including Ploughshares, Poetry, Five Points, The Antioch Review, Pleiades, and Prairie Schooner. She has won several first place awards from the Academy of American Poets, and merited fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia
February 16, 2006 Jason Schossler lives in Bethlehem, PA, where he works as a freelance sports and entertainment writer and editor. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Event, American Writing, The MacGuffin and other literary magazines. He recently earned his MA in Creative Writing from Temple University. He is an Ohio native.