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Gregory Emilio

Gregory Emilio’s collection Kitchen Apocrypha (includes “Diminishing Sestina”), a 2021 finalist for the Able Muse Book Award, is forthcoming from Able Muse Press in 2022. His poems appear in Best New Poets, Able Muse, Nashville Review, North American Review, [PANK], Permafrost, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other journals. He won Georgia Poetry Society’s 2019 George Herbert Reece Prize and White Oak Kitchen’s 2020 Prize in Southern Poetry, and earned his PhD in English from Georgia State University.

 

Michael Spence

Michael Spence drove public-transit buses in the Seattle area for thirty years, retiring on Valentine’s Day, 2014. He’s very grateful that he was fortunate enough never to have run anyone over. His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Alabama Literary Review, Barrow Street, the Carolina Quarterly, the Chariton Review, the Hudson Review, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Rattle, the Sextant Review, Tar River Poetry, and Terrain.org.

 

Estill Pollock

Estill Pollock’s publications include the book cycles Blackwater Quartet and Relic Environments Trilogy. His latest collection, Entropy, is published by Broadstone Books.

 

 

Ann M. Thompson

Ann M. Thompson is a poet-writer based in Washington, DC. Her work (including poetry, short fiction, vignettes, creative nonfiction, collaborative video-poems, and photography) has been published in more than twenty literary journals. She has been honored with final, longlist, or shortlist rankings in ten literary contests since 2014. After a thirty-year career as a technical writer-editor in global health and education, Thompson today works as a freelance writer-editor and runs her own holistic healing practice, Whole Soul Healing Arts.

 

Nicole Caruso Garcia

Nicole Caruso Garcia is associate poetry editor at Able Muse and a board member at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is a past winner of the Willow Review Award. “Burden Blues” is from her collection Oxblood, forthcoming from Able Muse Press in 2022, a recent finalist for the Able Muse Book Award and Richard Wilbur Award, and a semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and Philip Levine Prize for Poetry.

 

Leo Aylen

Born in KwaZulu, South Africa, Leo Aylen is the author of nine collections, the latest The Day the Grass Came (“A triumph,” Melvyn Bragg; “Stupendous,” Simon Callow). Winner of five international prizes (Arvon twice, Peterloo twice, and Bridport), he has about a hundred poems published in anthologies (many for children) and a hundred broadcast.

 

Lee Harlin Bahan

Lee Harlin Bahan is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Migration Solo (Writers’ Center Press of Indianapolis, 1989) and Notes to Sing (Finishing Line Press, 2016), as well as two collections of translations of Petrarch’s sonnets, A Year of Mourning (Able Muse Press, 2017), named a special honoree for the 2016 Able Muse Book Award, and To Wrestle with the Angel: Sonnets from Petrarch’s “Chapbook” of 1337 (Finishing Line Press, 2018).

 

Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca)

Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374), commonly known as Petrarch in the English-speaking world, is the great Italian master whose work helped to create the Renaissance sonnet craze in England. He was a Franciscan tertiary, a scholar of the Classics, a friend to Decameron author Giovanni Boccaccio, and an immensely popular poet in his day. Despite his religious vows, he had two children out of wedlock, and is best known for sonnets professing intense love for a woman named Laura.

 

 

Steven Withrow

Steven Withrow is a newspaper editor, journalist, teacher, and poet from Falmouth, Massachusetts. His poems for children and adults have appeared in journals, anthologies, and textbooks worldwide, including books from National Geographic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little Brown, and Bloomsbury UK. He studied writing, literature, and publishing at Roger Williams University and Emerson College and has worked with J. Patrick Lewis, former US Children’s Poet Laureate, and Rhina P. Espaillat as mentors.

 

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, PhD, is a professor, poet, and writer at Fordham University in New York City and serves as associate director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include two chapbooks and seven collections of poems, most recently, Andalusian Hours (2020), a collection of 101 poems that channel the voice of Flannery O’Connor, and Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Pandemic Pilgrimage (2021).

 

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