Joseph Hutchison

Joseph Hutchison, currently serving as Poet Laureate of Colorado, is the author of sixteen collections of poems, including The Satire Lounge, Marked Men, Thread of the Real, and Bed of Coals. He has also coedited, with Andrea Watson, the FutureCycle Press Good Works anthology Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (all profits to the Malala Foundation).


Jeanne Emmons

Jeanne Emmons has published three books of poetry: Rootbound (New Rivers Press), Baseball Nights and DDT (Pecan Grove Press), and The Glove of the World (Backwaters Press). She has won the Minnesota Voices Competition, the Backwaters Press Reader’s Choice award, the Comstock poetry award, the James Hearst Poetry Award, and the Sow’s Ear poetry award, among others.


Jean L. Kreiling

Jean L. Kreiling’s first collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books), was published in 2014.Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the String Poet Prize and the Able Muse Write Prize, and she has been a finalist for the Frost Farm Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award.



Doris Watts

Doris Watts lives in Temecula, California. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands and of San Diego State University, where she completed a special major master’s degree in technical communication. Her work has appeared in the Formalist, Mezzo Cammin, 14x14, Blue Unicorn, the Lyric, and Autumn Sky Daily.



Catharine Savage Brosman

Catharine Savage Brosman is Professor Emerita of French at Tulane University. She was Mellon Professor of Humanities for 1990 and later held the Gore Chair in French. She was also visiting professor for a term at the University of Sheffield. Her scholarly publications comprise eighteen volumes on French literary history and criticism and two on American literature: Louisiana Creole Literature: A Historical Study (2013) and Five Women Authors of the American Southwest: The Morality of Vision (in press).


Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett is the author of nine volumes of poetry and more than twenty-five poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Subway Figure (Orchises Press, 2009), and his most recent chapbooks are The Wither’d Sedge (Finishing Line, 2014) and Swimming in a Watering Can (FootHills Publishing, 2014).


Sankha Ghosh

Sankha Ghosh is widely considered the preeminent poet writing today in Bengali, a language spoken by more than 200 million people. Ghosh was born in Chandpur, Bangladesh in 1932, and currently resides in Kolkata, India. His first book of poems came out in 1956 and he is the author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry and several volumes of literary criticisms. His poetry is renowned for its aural splendor, density of images, and an acerbic tone often directed at perpetrators of social and political malfeasances.


Ani Dasgupta

Ani Dasgupta was born in Kolkata, India, and holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the director of MMA’s International Maritime Business Center. He has taught at Penn State, Tufts, and Boston Universities, in addition to serving as the chief economist of a dot-com and being a business consultant and software creator. He is currently working on a book-length project of “trans-creating” several of Sankha Ghosh’s poems.



Heinrich Heine

Heinrich 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.


Pierre de Ronsard

Pierre de Ronsard (1524 – 1585) was attached to both the French and Scottish courts in his youth; he was later named royal poet for the House of Valois. He led the group of poets called the Pleiades, who looked to classical poetry for paradigms but wrote in French rather than Latin to encourage the development of French literature. In An Introduction to the French Poets, Geoffrey Brereton writes, “He projected . . . an image of his own century. . . .


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