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 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 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 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.
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 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.
Richard Wakefield earned his PhD in American Literature from the University of Washington and has taught college Humanities for forty-one years, thirty-five of them at Tacoma Community College. For over twenty-five years he reviewed poetry, fiction, and literary biography for the Seattle Times. His forthcoming poetry collection, Terminal Park, will appear in the summer of 2020 from Able Muse Press. His first book, Robert Frost and the Opposing Lights of the Hour (Peter Lang Publishing), was a study of Frost’s poetry in the context of his life and times.
Catherine Chandler’s most recent collection is Pointing Home(Kelsay Books, 2019). She is also the author of The Frangible Hour(University of Evansville Press), winner of the 2016 Richard Wilbur Award; Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press), shortlisted for the Poets’ Prize; Glad and Sorry Seasons (Biblioasis); as well as three short collections: For No Good Reason, All or Nothing, and This Sweet Order.