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Alexander Pushkin

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

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.

 

Chris Fahrenthold

Chris Fahrenthold teaches English at Fontbonne University, having served artist residencies at both the Green Center and Paul Artspace. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College, as well as a law degree he never used. His poems have appeared here and there, and he lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and French Bulldog.

 

 

Terese Coe

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.

 

 

David Larsen

David Larsen has BA degrees from the University of Washington in English Literature and Business Administration. He served two years in the Marine Corps during the Viet Nam war and worked in the Finance Department of the Boeing Company for twenty eight years until retiring in 2004. He founded the family winery, Soos Creek Wine Cellars, in 1989, which he continues to operate full time. His memoir, “Yellow Footprints,” is his first published work.

 

 

Laura DiCarlo Short

Laura DiCarlo Short is a writer and teacher living in San Marcos, Texas. She holds an MFA from Texas State University and her poems, interviews, and photography have appeared in journals including the Knicknackery, the Literati Quarterly, Front Porch Journal, Adalaide Magazine, and Texas Books in Review. Laura teaches writing and literature for Alamo Colleges.

 

 

Tom Larsen

Tom Larsen has been writing fiction for twenty-five years and his work has appeared in Newsday, Raritan, Best American Mystery Stories, and the Los Angeles Review. His novels Flawed and Into the Fire are available through Amazon.

 

 

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is a PhD candidate in the University of Southern California Creative Writing & Literature program, and holds an MFA in Fiction from University of Nevada-Las Vegas. His work appears or is forthcoming in Joyland, Cutthroat, the Adroit Journal, decomP, the Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and two cats in Quito, Ecuador, where he is working on his dissertation.

 

 

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson was born in Griffin, Georgia, and raised in nearby Macon. His work appears widely, in periodicals such as First Things, Five Points, the Hopkins Review, the New Criterion, the Sewanee Review, and the Yale Review. His first book, The Stranger World, was awarded the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Prize and was published in hardcover by Measure Press in June of 2017.

 

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