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Walter Bargan has published nineteen books of poetry.  His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013), Quixotic (2014), Gone West (2014), and Three-Corner Catch (2015).  He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).  His awards include a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1991), Quarter After Eight Prose Prize (1996), the Hanks Prize (1996), the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize (1997), the William Rockhill Nelson Award (2005), Short Fiction Award– A cappella Zoo (2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 300 magazines, including American Literary Review, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Novel Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, River Styx, Seneca Review, Sycamore Review, and Witness.


Silvia Kofler is a widely published poet, translator, educator, and occasional actor who likes to read her work and translations in many places. She has read at New York’s Poet’s House, the Sacramento Poetry Center, and at Schokoladen in Berlin, Germany. Some of her recent publications include poetry and translations published in The Colour of Saying, an anthology in celebration of Dylan Thomas by Cross- Cultural Communications, USA, and The Seventh Quarry Press, Wales. German translations of 10 Hafez ghazals in collaboration with Bill Wolak and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak appeared in THOSE WHO STOOD UP FOR TOLERANCE DIEJENIGEN DIE FÜR TOLERANZ STANDEN, published by The Feral Press, NY. She is the editor and publisher of Thorny Locust. Her newest book is Gambol the World:  Eine Weltanschuung, by Spartan Press, Kansas City 2017.

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