The editors acknowledge, with our deepest gratitude,, those who’ve generously donated fundraising perks, artistic skills, and financial support to assist with our fundraiser :
Poet laureate of Richmond, California, Daniel Ari produced the 2017 Richmond Anthology of Poetry representing the city’s diverse voices. His own book One Way to Ask (Norfolk Press, 2016) combines original poems in a new 17-line form called queron with illustrations created and curated in collaboration with 67 artists including Roz Chast, R. Crumb, Henrik Drescher and Wayne White. The bookwon the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award for design and was a finalist for the Lascaux Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest, McSweeney’s, Defenestration, Thema, and many others.
Michael Broder is the author of Drug and Disease Free (Indolent Books, 2016) and This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. Michael is founding publisher of Indolent Books and a founding director of Indolent Arts, a nonprofit charity supporting poetry, arts, and justice. He holds a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from New York University, and a PhD in Classics from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Michael lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman, and a backyard colony of stray and feral cats.
Brenda Hillman has published nine collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press: White Dress (1
985), Fortress (1989), Death Tractates (1992), Bright Existence (1993), Loose Sugar (1997), Cascadia (2001), Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005), and Practical Water (2009), for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry. Her ninth collection of poetry, the final volume in her tetralogy of books about the classical elements, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014, as well as the Northern California Book Award for Poetry and the California Book Award Gold Medal in Poetry. Dean Rader wrote, “Seasonal Works With Letters On Fire is a profoundly humane work. In language that moves from the chatty to the experimental to the heightened to the rhetorical, Hillman shows us once again that poetry is itself a tireless worker, always on our behalf.” Hillman is also the author of three chapbooks: Coffee, 3 A.M. (Penumbra Press, 1982); Autumn Sojourn (Em Press, 1995); and The Firecage (a+bend press, 2000). In 2016 she was named Academy of American Poets Chancellor.
Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. She holds an MFA from Columbia University in New York, an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former newspaper reporter, she is now a poet, photographer and artist. Her photographs include the cover of The Florida Review; and in the pages of Tiferet Journal and Blue Heron Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Atlanta Review, Fairy Tale Review, Dogwood and The Raleigh Review, which nominated her for Best New Poets 2016. She is an alumna of the TheOpEdProject and VONA/Voices, and served as a Tupelo Press 30/30 Project poet. She is also an alumna of poetry workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. In 2016, she won first prize in poetry at the 27thMendocino Coast Writers Conference contest. Finishing Line Press published the first of two poetry chapbooks, “Gas & Food, No Lodging” in March 2017; and will publish “Anastasia Maps” by January 2018. She now lives in California.
Michael McClure is an award-winning American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. After moving from Kansas to San Francisco as a young man, he was one of the five poets who participated in the Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg’s landmark poem “Howl.” A key figure of the Beat Generation, McClure is immortalized as Pat McLear in Jack Kerouac’s novels The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He also participated in the ’60s counterculture alongside musicians like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. McClure remains active as a poet, essayist, and playwright, and lives with his wife, Amy, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mary Meriam is the founder of Lavender Review, cofounder of Headmistress Press, and author of The Lillian Trilogy. Her poems have been pubished by The New York Times, the Poetry Foundation, Oxford University Press, National Public Radio, Penguin Random House, University Press of New England, Seal Press, and many literary journals.
George Stanley, the author of five books of poetry including A Tall, Serious Girl, At Andy’s, and Gentle Northern Summer, was the 2006 recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award from the P oetry Society of America. He lives in Vancouver.
Our grateful acknowledgement of the support of:
- C. Clarke
- S. Sossaman
- L Crosfield
- D. Phoenix
- S. Sondik
- M.B. Frezon
- J. Jensen
- S.V. Das
- C. Kennedy
- M.J. Kaplan
- C. M. Kendall
- K. Pearce
- C. Beck
- B. Leissner
- M. Haslam
- L. Faderman and P. Irwin
- L. Schultheiss
- D. Cottingham
- D. Dinsmore
- T. Thibodeaux Baar