Dorian Alexander is the pen name of a prominent academic. Zarathustra Must Die (Etruscan Press, 2011) is Alexander’s first work of fiction and reflects his longtime fascination with the work of Nietzsche.
In addition to The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009), Kazim Ali is the author of the novel Quinn’s Passage (blazeVox books), named one of “The Best Books of 2005” by Chronogram magazine. His books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), and Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011). He is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award, and The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008).
He is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books.
Ali is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College and teaches in the Masters of Fine Arts program of the University of Southern Maine.
Jennifer Atkinson is the author of five books of poetry. The most recent one, The Thinking Eye, was published by ParlorPress/Free Verse Editions in 2016. Canticle of the Night Path, won Free Verse Editions’ 2012 New Measure Prize. Individual poems have appeared in journals including Field, Image, Witness, Poecology, Terrain, The Missouri Review, and Cincinnati Review. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at George Mason University in Virginia.
The author of Crow Man (Etruscan Press, 2003), Tom Bailey is the recipient of a Newhouse Award from the John Gardner Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is the author of A Short Story Writer’s Companion (Oxford University Press, 2000) and the editor of On Writing Short Stories (Oxford University Press, 1999). Widely published in literary journals and magazines, including DoubleTake, his fiction has been reprinted in such anthologies as The Pushcart Prizes and New Stories from the South and cited in The Best American Short Stories.
Tom Bailey teaches at the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Claire Bateman’s books include Locals (Serving House Books, 2012), Coronology and Other Poems (Etruscan, 2010), Coronology (chapbook, Serving House Books, 2009), Leap (New Issues, 2005), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Friction (Eighth Mountain, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan, 1991) and Scape (New Issues Poetry & Prose). She has received the New Millennium Poetry Prize as well as grants and fellowships from the NEA, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation. She lives in Greenville, SC.
Remica L. Bingham
Remica L. Bingham, a native of Phoenix Arizona, is an alumna of Old Dominion University, Bennington College, and is a Cave Canem fellow. Her first book, Conversion (Lotus Press, 2007), won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She resides with her husband and children in Norfolk, VA, where she currently serves as the Director of Writing and Faculty Development at Old Dominion University.
A graduate of Cornell Law School and formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Michael Blumenthal is the author of eight books of poetry, including No Hurry (Etruscan Press, 2011). He is also the author of the novel Weinstock Among the Dying, and the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers, among other books. Currently Visiting Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law, he lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Hegymagas, Hungary.
Bruce Bond is the author of eighteen books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), For the Lost Cathedral (Helen C. Smith Award, LSU, 2015), The Other Sky (Etruscan, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017), and Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017). Three of his books are forthcoming: Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press), Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse Press) and Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions). Presently he is Regents Professor at University of North Texas.
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Laurie Jean Cannady
Laurie Jean Cannady has published an array of articles and essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, and women’s issues. She has also spoken against sexual assault in the military at West Point Military Academy. Her memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root online magazine. A Kirkus review describes Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul as a “bold, honest, and courageous memoir.” Most recently, Foreword Reviews announced Crave as an Indiefab Book of the Year 2015 finalist in the autobiography/memoir category. Additionally, Crave was named a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction.
Laurie Jean resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Chico, and their three children. She serves as a professor of English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and creative writing faculty in the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Laurie Jean was recently inducted into the illustrious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as an honorary member.
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Scott Coffel’s first book of poetry, Toucans in the Arctic (Etruscan Press, 2009) was honored by the Poetry Society of America as the recipient of its 2010 Norma Farber First Book Award. He was born in New York City, and educated at York College, a senior college of The City University of New York, and at SUNY-Oneonta. After several years of working in Seattle, Washington, he attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, receiving an MFA in 1995.
He currently resides in Iowa City, where he directs the Hanson Center for Technical Communication in The University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. His poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Ploughshares, Paris Review, Antioch Review, The American Scholar, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and elsewhere. He was a MacDowell Colony Fellow for the summer of 2009.
Auguste Corteau (pen name of Petros Chatzopoulos) was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1979. Over the past 18 years, he has published more than 20 books in Greek. A nationally bestselling author, critically acclaimed translator of English-language literature and a vocal LGBT+ activist, he lives in Athens with his husband.
Renee E. D'Aoust
Author of Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press, 2011), Foreword Reviews Book of the Year finalist, Renée E. D’Aoust was trained on scholarship as a dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet and later at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance. Now as a writer, she has numerous publications and awards to her credit, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at American Dance Festival, support from the Puffin Foundation, and grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Anthology publications include Reading Dance (Pantheon), edited by Robert Gottlieb, On Stage Alone (University Press of Florida), edited by Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy, and Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People (Ontario Veterinary College/University of Guelph), edited by Hilde Weisert and Elizabeth Arnold Stone. She holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University.
Karen Donovan is the author of two collections of poetry, Fugitive Red (University of Massachusetts Press), which won the Juniper Prize, and Your Enzymes Are Calling the Ancients (Persea Books), which won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. From 1985 to 2005 she co-edited ¶: A Magazine of Paragraphs, a journal of short prose published by Oat City Press. She works in communications for a nonprofit in Providence. For further information, please visit karendonovanpoetry.com.
Sean Thomas Dougherty
In addition to Scything Grace (Etruscan Press, 2013), Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of thirteen books across genres, including All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994 – 2014 (BOA Editions, 2014), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (BOA Editions, 2010), which was a finalist for Binghamton University Milton Kessler’s literary prize for the best book by a poet over 40, the prose-poem-novel The Blue City (2008 Marick Press/Wayne State University), and Broken Hallelujahs (BOA Editions, 2007).
He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. His work has been read on PBS radio in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Rochester and Cleveland. Known for his electrifying performances he has performed at hundreds of venues, universities, and festivals across North America and Europe including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, the Detroit Art Festival, the South Carolina Literary Festival, the Old Dominion University Literary Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Maine, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY Binghamton, the University of California Santa Cruz, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Jazz Festival, the London (UK) Poetry Cafe and the BardFest Series in Budapest Hungary, and across Albania and Macedonia where he was translated and published and appeared on national television, sponsored by the US State Department. He currently lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, with his family, where he works in a pool hall and writes his poems.
Will Dowd is a writer and artist based outside Boston. He has received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from NYU, where he was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, an M.S. from MIT, where he was a John Lyons Fellow, and a B.A. from Boston College, where he was a Presidential Scholar. His poetry, art, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines. For more information, please visit www.willdowd.net.
Robert Eastwood lives in San Ramon, California and is a graduate of C.S.U.L.A. and the secondary teaching program at Saint Mary’s College. He worked thirty-four years as manager in the telecommunications industry before becoming a high school English teacher and a poet. His work has appeared most recently in The Dirty Napkin, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Full Of Crow, Legendary, Softblow, Up The Staircase Quarterly, Literary Yard, Kentucky Review, Bird’s Thumb, The Hartskill Review, The Steel Toe Review, Spry and Loch Raven Review. His chapbooks are The Welkin Gate, Over Plainsong, Night of the Moth, published by Small Poetry Press. His first book, Snare, was published by Broadstone Press in 2016. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.
Bonnie Friedman is the author of Surrendering Oz (Etruscan Press, 2014), which was recently longlisted for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Friedman’s widely anthologized Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life. She is also the author of The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy. Surrendering Oz was named a finalist for the 2015 Firecracker Award by the Council on Literary Magazines and Presses. Friedman’s work has appeared in The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Buddhist Writing, The Best Writing on Writing, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best of O., the Oprah Magazine. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, and divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Denton, Texas.
The author of Nahoonkara (ForeWord Review’s 2011 Book of the Year Award Winner), Peter Grandbois has served as a professor of creative writing and contemporary literature at California State University and is currently assistant professor at Denison University in Ohio. His other books include The Gravedigger (Chronicle Books, 2006), a Borders “Original Voices” and Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009).
His essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and recently received an honorable mention for the 2007 Pushcart Prize. In addition, his translation of San Juan: Memoir of a City (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007) was recently nominated for a PEN Translation award.
William Heyen is Professor of English/Poet in Residence
Emeritus at the College at Brockport, his undergraduate alma
mater. He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University, and was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by SUNY. He was a Senior
Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Germany, and has won
NEA, Guggenheim, American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters,
Pushcart, and other fellowships and awards. His poetry has appeared in
The New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry, The Atlantic, and in hundreds of other
magazines and anthologies including, recently, The Oxford Anthology
of Contemporary American Poetry. He edited Etruscan Press’s first book,
September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond. Among his dozens of
other books, Noise in the Trees: Poems was an ALA Notable Book of the
Year selection; Crazy Horse in Stillness won 1997’s Small Press Book
Award for Poetry; Shoah Train (Etruscan Press) was a Finalist for the
National Book Award; and A Poetics of Hiroshima, also Etruscan Press,
was a selection of the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle.
His voluminous journals have been appearing from H_NGM_N
Bks. In the fall of 2016, Etruscan Press published a selected and
new volume, The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocausts.
H. L. Hix
H. L. Hix has published an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words: A Poetic Conversation (2004), and 13 books of poetry and literary criticism with Etruscan, including Shadows of Houses (2005); Chromatic (2006); God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse (2007); Legible Heavens (2008); Incident Light (2009); First Fire, Then Birds (2010); As Easy As Lying: Essays on Poetry (2002); Lines of Inquiry (2011); As Much As, If Not More Than (2014); I’m Here to Learn to Dream in Your Language (2015); American Anger: An Evidentiary (2016); and Rain Inscription (2017).
In addition to having been a finalist for the National Book Award for Chromatic, his awards include the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Peregrine Smith Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Kansas Arts Commission, and the Missouri Arts Council. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, taught at Kansas City Art Institute, and was an administrator at The Cleveland Institute of Art, before accepting his current position as professor in the Philosophy Department and the Creative Writing Program at a university in “one of those square states.” He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at Shanghai University, and a Fulbright Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University. For more information, please visit www.hlhix.com
Patricia Horvath’s stories and essays have been published widely in literary journals including Shenandoah, The Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Confrontation. She is the recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in both fiction and literary nonfiction and of Bellevue Literary Review’s Goldenberg Prize in Fiction for a story that was accorded a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She teaches at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Horvath’s memoir, All the Difference, was released by Etruscan Press in April, 2017. For more information, please visit patricialhorvath.com
Frederick R. Karl
Along with his biographies, Frederick Karl wrote several volumes of literary criticism, among them American Fictions: 1940-1980. He also was general editor and volume co-editor of the Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, five volumes of which have appeared. Art Into Life is a collection of essays that showcases his experience and advice for writing literary biographies. He taught at City College of New York, Columbia, and NYU. Karl died in 2004.
A poet of international acclaim, Milton Kessler published five books of poetry during his lifetime, including Free Concert: New and Selected Poems (Etruscan Press – Published 2005). He received numerous awards and distinctions, including a Robert Frost Fellowship, an Edward MacDowell Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment Program Grant. Several years ago, one of his poems, “Thanks Forever,” was chosen to appear in London subway cars to be seen by as many as two million riders a day as part of the “Poems on the Underground” project. Kessler was also a teacher and professor for more than thirty years.
Kessler died in April 2000, leaving behind a manuscript of new work. Free Concert: New and Selected Poems celebrates the life and work of a gifted poet of original voice, collecting work from each of his books together with his new poems.
David Lazar’s books include essays: Occasional Desire, (Nebraska) and The Body of Brooklyn (Iowa); prose poetry: Powder Town (Pecan Grove) nonfiction anthologies: Truth in Nonfiction (Iowa), After Montaigne (Georgia), and Essaying the Essay (Welcome Table Press); and interview collections: Michael Powell: Interviews and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher (both Mississippi). He has lectured widely on nonfiction and editing, and founded the Ph.D. program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University, and directed the creation of the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches. He is the founding editor of Hotel Amerika, now in its fifteenth year.
Currently Policy Director of the Economic Growth Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, Michael Lind has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and The New Republic and writes frequently for The New York Times and the Financial Times. He is the author of more than a dozen books of history, political journalism, and fiction, including a poetry chapbook, When You Are Someone Else (Aralia Press, 2002), Bluebonnet Girl (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2003), a children’s book in verse, which won an Oppenheimer Toy Prize for children’s literature, and a narrative poem, The Alamo (Replica Books, 1999), which the Los Angeles Times named as one of the best books of the year. His first collection of verse, Parallel Lives, was published by Etruscan Press in 2007.
Paul Lisicky, the author of Etruscan’s The Burning House (2011), has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, and Antioch University Los Angeles. He is the author of Lawnboy (Turtle Point Press, 1999), Famous Builder (Graywolf Press, 2002), and Unbuilt Projects (Four Way Books, 2012). His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, StoryQuarterly, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Prairie Schooner, and has been widely anthologized. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in New York City and Springs, New York, and teaches at NYU.
Lynn Lurie is the author of Corner of the Dead, winner of the 2007 Juniper Prize for Fiction, University of Massachusetts Press (2008) and Quick Kills, Etruscan Press (2014).
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Translated by Steven Reese, the collection covers Manzano’s poetry from his earliest to his most recent work, which won the 2005 Nicolás Guillén Prize, one of Cuba’s highest awards.
Manzano’s writing offers a window into contemporary Cuban life in its attention to the local landscape and environment, an attention that won Manzano the 2007 Samuel Feijóo Prize for Poetry and the Environment. But its greatest achievement lies in making, from the local and everyday, a poetry that is unmistakably universal.
Jack Matthews, author of Etruscan’s The Gambler’s Nephew (2011), has written seven novels, seven collections of short stories, a novella, and eight volumes of essays. He is an avid book collector, and many of his book finds served as a basis for his essays and the historical topics he explored in his fiction. His 1972 novel The Charisma Campaigns was nominated for the National Book Award.
After teaching creative writing and critical approaches to fiction and drama over a period of four decades at Ohio University, he retired in the last decade, but has taught writing classes part-time and devoted his energies to writing novels and stories. In 2011, he published A Worker’s Writebook (a 75,000 word fiction writing guide that he used to hand out to his students) and The Gambler’s Nephew (a historically accurate story about how an accidental killing of a slave in 19th century USA affects various families and communities). Also, in March 2012, an early work Hanger Stout, Awake! was republished as an eBook.
James McCorkle grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, received his M.F.A. (Iowa Writer’s Workshop) and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and currently teaches in the Africana Studies and First Year Seminar Programs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York. He is the author of The Still Performance (a study of post-modern American poetry), the editor of Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry, and most recently, an associate editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry.
Bruce Mills’ memoir, An Archaeology of Yearning, was published by Etruscan in 2013. He has also published scholarly books and articles on 19th-century American writings and co-edited a collection of essays by siblings of those on the autism spectrum. His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Georgia Review and New England Review. Mills also teaches at Kalamazoo College
Thorpe Moeckel, the author of Venison (Etruscan, 2010), teaches in the writing program at Hollins University. His work has appeared in Field, Open City, The Antioch Review, Poetry Daily, Orion, Poetry, The Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. He is the author of two books of poems — Odd Botany (Silverfish Review Press, 2002) and Making a Map of the River (Iris Press, 2008). Chapbooks include Meltlines and The Guessing Land. His poetry is featured in the anthology Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests, edited by Erik Reece and published by University of Kentucky Press (2008), and in the anthology from Persea Press, From the Fishouse.
Carol Moldaw, author of The Widening and So Late, So Soon (both from Etruscan, 2008, 2010), is also the author of four books of poetry: The Lightning Field (Oberlin College Press, 2003), winner of the FIELD Poetry Prize; Chalkmarks on Stone (La Alameda Press, 1998); Through the Window (La Alameda Press, 2002); and Taken from the River (Alef Books, 1993). A recipient of a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, Moldaw’s work has most recently appeared in AGNI, Provincetown Arts, and FIELD.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she teaches privately. She has taught at Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine’s low-residency MFA program, as well as the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design). In 2011, she served as the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-In-Residence at Hollins University.
In addition to Cannot Stay (Etruscan Press, 2015) and White Vespa (Etruscan Press, 2011), Kevin Oderman is the author of a book of literary criticism, Ezra Pound and the Erotic Medium; a book of essays, How Things Fit Together; and the novel, Going, set in Granada, Spain. Twice he has lived abroad as a Fulbright Fellow, teaching modern American poetry at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and American literature at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. He teaches at West Virginia University and in the Wilkes Low-Residency MA/MFA Program. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with his wife, the writer Sara Pritchard.
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Meg Pokrass is a leading American writer of the flash fiction form. She is the author of four previous prose collections: Bird Envy (Harvard Book Store, 2014); Damn Sure Right (Press 53, 2011); Cellulose Pajamas (Blue Light Press, 2015) and My Very End of the Universe, Five Mini-Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form (Rose Metal Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in more than 200 literary magazines, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Green Mountains Review, The Rumpus, storySouth and numerous anthologies, including Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015).
Aaron Poochigian earned a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University in 2016. His book of translations from Sappho, Stung With Love, was published by Penguin Classics in 2009, and his translation of Apollonius’ Jason and the Argonauts was released October 2014. For his work in translation, Poochigian was awarded a 2010-2011 Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press) was published in 2012, and several of the poems in it collectively won the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan Prize. His work has appeared in such journals as The Guardian, Poems Out Loud, and Poetry.
Check out “My Political Poem” which was featured in the Times Literary Supplement: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/my-political-poem/
Paula Priamos, author of The Shyster’s Daughter (Etruscan Press, 2012), teaches English and Creative Writing at California State University and lives in Southern California. Her writing was featured in the anthology Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post Magazine, among others.
Along with Help Wanted: Female (Etruscan Press, 2013), Sara Pritchard is the author of the novel-in-stories, Crackpots, and the linked-story collection, Lately. Pritchard won the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2003 with Crackpots, which went on to be a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and teaches in the Wilkes Low-Residency Creative Writing Program in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
American Amnesiac, Diane Raptosh’s fourth book of poetry, was longlisted by the National Book Award in 2013 and was a finalist for the 2014 Housatonic Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she is currently serving as the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer in Residence (2013-2016). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Women’s Studies Quarterly, Terrain.org, OccuPoetry, and the Los Angeles Review. Her work has also been anthologized widely in such places as New Poets of the American West, Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, Classifieds: An Anthology of Prose Poems, and The Glenn Gould Anthology.
She holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies. A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has conducted writing workshops, given readings, and lectured on poetry in a variety of locations ranging from university auditoriums to maximum security prisons, school buses to riverbanks. She lives with her family in Boise. For more information, visit Diane’s website.
Steven Reese is the author of Enough Light to Steer By (poems; Cleveland State University Press) and American Dervish (poems; Salmon Press), and translator of Synergos: Selected Poems of Roberto Manzano (Etruscan Press). His poems, prose, and translations have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Artful Dodge, West Branch, and other magazines. He teaches literature and creative writing at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and is a faculty member in the Northeast Ohio MFA program.
J.D. Schraffenberger is the editor of the North American Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe’s Passion (Etruscan) and The Waxen Poor (Twelve Winters). His other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, DIAGRAM, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his two daughters and his wife, the novelist Adrianne Finlay.
The late Sheila Schwartz is the author of the Etruscan novel Lies Will Take You Somewhere (2008). She has also authored Imagine a Great White Light, a short story collection (Pushcart Press, 1993). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Triquarterly, as well as in anthologies such as The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1993 and an Ohio Arts Council Grant in 2005.
Born in Philadelphia in 1955, Tim Seibles has received fellowships from both the Provincetown Fine Arts Center and The National Endowment for the Arts. He also won the Open Voice Award from the 63rd Street Y in New York City. His book of poems Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012) was named a finalist for a National Book Award and received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Seibles was also awarded the triennial Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize for Fast Animal. On July 15, 2016, Seibles was named poet laureate of Virginia by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Huizache, Cortland Review, Ploughshares Massachusetts Review and Beloit Poetry Journal. His poem, “Allison Wolff,” was anthologized in Best American Poetry 2010.
His latest work of poetry, One Turn Around the Sun was published by Etruscan Press in January 2017.
Seibles lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is a member of the English Department and MFA in writing faculty of Old Dominion University. He is a teaching board member of the Muse Writers Workshop. He also teaches part-time for the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program, a low-residency program which features writers from all over the country.
A highly active ambassador for poetry, he presents his work nationally and internationally at universities, high schools, cultural centers, and literary festivals. He has been a featured author in the Vancouver International Writers Festival in Vancouver, Canada, in the Calabash Festival in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, and in the Poesia en Voz Alto Festival in Mexico City.
Alix Anne Shaw
Alix Anne Shaw is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Rough Ground (Etruscan, 2018), Dido in Winter (Persea, 2014), and Undertow (Persea, 2007), and she was the winner of the 2007 Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, and New American Writing. She is also a visual artist. Her sculpture, writing, and performance-based work can be viewed online at www.anneshaw.org.
D. M. Spitzer
After pursuing graduate studies in political thought, philosophy, and classics, D. M. Spitzer completed a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
His current projects include a hybrid work called Genealogy of the First Person that treats some of the principal figures of the Book of Genesis as paradigmatic of a mode of consciousness; mousika, a collection of two poetic sequences: the first, “quartet,” takes up a conversation with T. S. Eliot’s masterwork “Four Quartets,” while the second section, “a symphony of psalms,” works from an imaginative engagement with Igor Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms;” and a performance-poetry project, involving movement and costuming, called “kata-strophe,” which features three transfigured poems (Goethe’s “Erlkönig,” Rilke’s “die Blinde,” and Ovid’s final scene of Orpheus & Eurydike [Book 10.56-61]).
Mr. Spitzer resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and their three children. He is currently a doctoral student in comparative literature at Binghamton University.
Alexis Stamatis is the author of twenty books: fourteen novels, novellas, and short story collections, including the novel American Fugue (Etruscan, 2008, 1st International Literary Award of the U.S. National Endowment of Artists), as well as six collections of poetry. He has won the 1st award of the City of Athens for his poetry collection, The Architecture of the Intimate Spaces. His novels have been published in nine foreign countries. His work appears in many leading Greek magazines and newspapers. Three plays of his have been staged at the theatre, and he has worked as a journalist, literary critic, and an architect. He has steadily been achieving an international presence, participating in literary festivals, book fairs, and writing conferences worldwide.
Myrna Stone is the author of five books of poetry, including In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father, which was a finalist for the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and The Casanova Chronicles, which was a finalist for the 2011 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Southwest Review, Boulevard, New Orleans Review, Quarterly West, Nimrod, and River Styx, and in nine anthologies. She has received two Ohio Arts Council Grants, and the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. A founding member of The Greenville Poets, she lives in Greenville, Ohio, with her husband in an 18th century house they moved from Rhode Island. Stone’s collection of poems, Luz Bones, was released by Etruscan Press in July 2017.
Jeff Talarigo is the author of two novels: The Pearl Diver and The Ginseng Hunter.
From 1990 to 2006, he lived in Gaza twice and in Japan. Talarigo was a fellow at the NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2006-07. Currently living in Oakland, California, Talarigo teaches at Wilkes University’s low-residency MFA/MA Program.
Diane Thiel is author of The White Horse: A Colombian Journey (Etruscan Press, 2004), Echolocations and Writing Your Rhythm: Using Nature, Culture, Form and Myth, and Resistance Fantasies (all Story Line Press). She is on the creative writing faculty at the University of New Mexico.
Allison Titus is the author of a book of poems, Sum of Every Lost Ship, and the recipient of a fellowship from the NEA. She is also the author of The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing to Do With Fire (Etruscan Press, 2014).
In addition to The Fugitive Self: New and Selected Poems from Etruscan (2009), Etruscan advisory board member John Wheatcroft has published numerous novels, including Edie Tells (A.S. Barnes, 1975); The Beholder’s Eye, Mother of All Loves, and Trio with Four Players (all Cornwall Books, 1987, 1994, 1996); collections of poetry, including Death of a Clown (A.S. Barnes, 1964), Prodigal Son, and Random Necessities (both Cornwall Books, 1984, 1999); and plays. His work and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Bazaar, and the New York Herald Tribune.
He served as a juror for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and has been a resident fellow at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Wheatcroft is Professor Emeritus of English at Bucknell University, where he served as Founding Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry.
Aron Wiesenfeld’s paintings and drawings have been in seven solo exhibitions at venues such as Arcadia Gallery in New York, and The Bakersfield Museum of Art, as well numerous group shows including The Long Beach Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, and Museum Casa Dell’Architettura Acquarium in Rome. In 2014, a large monograph of his work titled “The Well” was published.
Joseph P. Wood
Philadelphia native Joseph P. Wood is the author of four books and five chapbooks of poetry, which include Broken Cage (Brooklyn Arts Press 2014, finalist for the 2013 National Poetry Series), Fold of the Map (Salmon, 2014), and I & We (CW Books, 2010). His work has appeared in venues such as Arts & Letters Daily, BOMB, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry London, Prairie Schooner, Verse, among others. He is an assistant professor of English at The University of Alabama-Birmingham.