Steven Huff is the author of a collection of stories, A Pig in Paris (Big Pencil Press, 2008), and two collections of poems, The Water We Came From (FootHills 2003), and More Daring Escapes (Red Hen Press 2008). His chapbook Proof was named Editor’s Choice in the 2004 Two Rivers Review Chapbook Competition. His poems and stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, Kestrel, The Chatauqua Literary Review, Ted Kooser’s national “American Life in Poetry” column, and other journals and publications. Garrison Keillor has also read his poetry on The Writer’s Almanac. A Pushcart Prize winner in fiction, and an O.Henry Prize finalist, Steve teaches creative writing at the Rochester Institute of Technology and in the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College in Boston, and he is director of adult education and programs at the Writers & Books literary center in Rochester, NY.
The poems in this group represent a wide range vision, method, and experience, from the wildly imaginative and visceral sonnets of Thom Ward to the diurnal life on the soil in Anne-Marie Oomen's work, and the small town focus of the new poems from Kurt Brown. They also represent, I think, my inability to favor poems of any trend, style, craft, movement, or dynasty. There are too many poets and too much great work to read it all, but we should read as though we could.