Beth Paulson

Beth Paulson leads writing workshops on the Western Slope of Colorado, where she has lived since 1999. Previously, Paulson taught English at California State University, Los Angeles, for more than twenty years. She currently leads Poetica, a monthly workshop for poets, and also codirects the Open Bard Literary Series in Ridgway. In April 2018, she was named the first Poet Laureate of Ouray County. Paulson’s poems have been published widely in national literary magazines and anthologies, and have been four times nominated for Pushcart Prizes.


John Ridland

Born in London in 1933, John Ridland grew up in California. He earned his PhD from Claremont Graduate School and taught for forty-three years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was Professor Emeritus of its College of Creative Studies. He published numerous books and chapbooks, including Ode on Violence, Elegy for My Aunt, Life with Unkie, A Brahms Card Ballad, Happy in an Ordinary Thing, A.


A.E. Stallings

A.E. Stallings is an American poet and translator who has lived in Athens (Greece) since 1999. Her most recent collection is Like from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and her most recent verse translation is of Hesiod’s Works and Days for Penguin Classics. Her translation (illustrated!) of the pseudo-Homeric The Battle between the Frogs and the Mice: A Tiny Homeric Epic has just been published by Paul Dry Books.
 Of Tim Murphy, Stallings writes:


Timothy Steele

Timothy Steele is the author of several collections of verse, including Sapphics Against Anger and Other Poems and Toward the Winter Solstice. He has also published two books about literary history, Missing Measures and All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing, and has edited The Poems of J.V. Cunningham.
 Of Tim Murphy, Steele writes:


Wendy Videlock

Wendy Videlock is a writer and painter living on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Hudson Review, Poetry, the New York Times, American Life in Poetry, and is upcoming in Here (Copper Canyon Press), an anthology with an introduction by the Dalai Lama. Her books—Nevertheless, Slingshots and Love Plums, and The Dark Gnu and Other Poems—are available from Able Muse Press, and her chapbook, What’s That Supposed to Mean, from EXOT Books.



James Matthew Wilson

James Matthew Wilson has published nine books, including, most recently, The River of the Immaculate Conception (Wiseblood, 2019) and The Hanging God (Angelico, 2018). He serves as poetry editor of Modern Age magazine, as editor of Colosseum Books, and as director of the Colosseum Institute. He is associate professor of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University.



Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and more than thirty poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Just Another Day in Just Our Town: Poems New and Selected, 2000-2016 (Orchises Press, 2017). His most recent chapbook is A Man Rode Into Town (FootHills Publishing, 2018). He taught English, American Literature, and Creative Writing, and directed the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College from 1973 until his retirement in 2014. He and is now Emeritus Professor of English.



John Beaton

John Beaton writes and recites metrical poetry. His forthcoming poetry collection is Leaving Camustianavaig (Word Galaxy Press, 2020). His work has been widely published and has won numerous awards. For almost four years he was a moderator of the Deep End forum at Eratosphere, Able Muse’s online literary workshop. In that role, he succeeded Alan Sullivan, Tim Murphy’s late partner, and developed a strong friendship with Tim.


Amy Bagan

Amy Bagan has worked in book and magazine publishing (Godine, Columbia University Press, the Paris Review, SUN Press, Newsweek, Piano & Keyboard) and as a teacher of English Composition at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Her poems have been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Montalvo Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets University Prize, and finalist for the 2016 James Hearst Poetry Prize. Her manuscript, Sand-Blind, was selected as a National Poetry Series finalist.


Barry Abrams

Barry Abrams was a recipient of the Henri Coulette Memorial Award (1996, 2000); a winner in Poetry in the Windows III (1999); and a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award (2004). His poems have appeared in Rhyming Poems: A Contemporary Anthology, and in the Formalist, Iambs & Trochees, the Raintown Review, and other journals. He is a musician and former ESL teacher and lives with his wife in Los Angeles, California.



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