Scott Ruescher’s book of poems, Waiting for the Light to Change, published by Prolific Press in May 2017, consists entirely of poems of place. He won the 2016 Write Prize from Able Muse for a poem set in South Boston and Cambridge, the 2015 Rebecca Lard Award from Poetry Quarterly for a poem set at an intersection in Memphis, and, in both 2013 and 2014, the Erika Mumford Prize for poetry about travel and international culture from the New England Poetry Club, for poems set in Spain and Puerto Rico.
Ann M. Thompson’s work is published in Europe (Acumen, here/there, the Journal, Lotus Eater, the North, Staple, Vine Leaves) and the USA (Ardor, Blast Furnace, Flyover Country Review, Literary Imagination, Lost Country, Mezzo Cammin, Rat’s Ass Review, Tulane Review).
Jay Rogoff has published six books of poems, including The Long Fault, The Art of Gravity, Venera, and most recently Enamel Eyes, A Fantasia on Paris, 1870. He has recently completed a volume of new and selected poems, called Loving in Truth. He also writes dance criticism regularly for the Hopkins Review and Ballet Review. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was born in Moscow into an aristocratic family on June 6, 1799. He is often considered Russia’s greatest poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. His first major work was the poem Ruslan and Ludmila. His political verses associated him with the Decembrist revolt, causing him to be banished. He worked on Boris Godunov and the novel in verse Eugene Onegin before Nicholas I allowed him to return to Moscow in 1826. Pushkin died at age 37 following a duel with a French officer who was paying unscrupulous attention to his wife.
Heinrich Heine was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in either 1797 or 1799. In 1831 he took exile in France, where he often struggled financially despite irregular patronage from a millionaire uncle. With freedom of speech he developed an international reputation for the lyricism, wordplay, irony, and excoriating satire of his poems, and was called the last of the Romantics. In 1841 he married Crescence Eugénie Mirat (“Mathilde”), who cared for him during eight years of paralysis; he wrote from bed until his death in 1856.
Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in Able Muse, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, the Hopkins Review, Metamorphoses, New American Writing, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Agenda, Crannog, Cyphers, the Moth, Poetry Review, the TLS, and the Stinging Fly, among many other international journals. Her poem “More” was heli-dropped across London as part of the 2012 London Olympics Rain of Poems, and her latest collection, Shot Silk, was listed for the 2017 Poet’s Prize.