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Kathy Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed Editions, 2017). Her first collection, The Raft, won the National Poetry Series; her second, MOVING & ST RAGE, the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Ohio Arts Council. Recent work appears in The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry and Blackbird. Director of the Creative Writing Program at Ohio State, Fagan serves as Series Editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize. Her website is

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Rebecca Aronson’s books are Creature, Creature (Main-Traveled Roads Press poetry prize, 2007) and Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom, winner of the 2016 Orison Books poetry prize and finalist for the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for poetry. She lives in New Mexico, where she teaches writing, facilitates a community and student writing group, and coordinates the visiting writers series for her college. She is also the co-founder and co-host of the Bad Mouth, a series of words and music.

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Alarie Tennille ( was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia,
and graduated from the University of Virginia in the first class admitting women.
She serves on the Emeritus Board of The Writers Place in Kansas City, Missouri.Alarie’s newest poetry collection is Waking on the Moon (Kelsay Books, 2017). Her last collection, Running Counterclockwise, was first runner-up for the 2015 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence. Her poems have appeared in Poetry East, I-70 Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, and Southern Women's Review.


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