In the fall, I am scheduled to teach a graduate seminar entitled Reading and Writing the Political Poem. I recently returned from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, and I was struck there by how many of the hundreds of panel offerings had something to do with poetry and politics.
Medbh McGuckian was born in 1950 in Belfast where she lives with her family. She has been Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University, Belfast (where she teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre), the University of Ulster, Coleraine, and Trinity College, Dublin,
Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen collections of poems. Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (LSU Press) was a finalist for the National Book Award. Ocean Effects appeared in fall, 2007. His translation of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis appeared in the Penn Greek Drama Series in 1998.
Sandy Tseng is the author of Sediment, published by Four Way Books in October 2009. Among her awards are The Nation's Discovery Award, the Louis Untermeyer Tuition Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vira I. Heinz Foundation scholarship.
Dan Masterson was elected to membership in Pen International in 1986 and is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Bullis, Borestone, and Fels awards, and is the founding editor of the internet’s Enskyment Poetry Anthology. A third collection, World Without End,
Renée Ashley is the author of four volumes of poetry—Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, U of Wisconsin P), The Various Reasons of Light, The Revisionist's Dream, and Basic Heart (X. J. Kennedy Prize, Texas Review Press)—as well as two chapbooks,
Grace Cavalieri's most recent book of poems is Sounds Like Something I Would Say (2010). Her 22nd play, Lena's Quilt, premiered Feb and March in NYC museums and libraries. She founded and still produces public radio's The Poet and the Poem,
Deborah Brown's Walking the Dog's Shadow is the 2010 winner of the A. J. Poulin Jr. Award from BOA Editions. Brown is an editor, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, of Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics (U of Arkansas P, 2005). She is a translator, with Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas, of The Last Voyage: Selected Poems by Giovanni Pascoli
Heather Hartley is the author of Knock Knock (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010) and Paris Editor for Tin House magazine. Her poems, essays and interviews have appeared in Tin House, Mississippi Review, Post Road and other magazines, and numerous anthologies, including Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast;
Stephanie Brown is the author of two collections of poetry, Domestic Interior (U of Pittsburgh P, 2008) and Allegory of the Supermarket (U of Georgia P, 1999). She was awarded an NEA Fellowship in Poetry in 2001 and the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry at the Breadloaf Writers' Conference in 2009.
Jason Labbe is the author of a chapbook, Dear Photographer (Phylum Press, 2009), and his poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry, Boston Review, Conjunctions, A Public Space, American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, and elsewhere. He has an MFA from The University of Virginia and lives in Bethany, Connecticut.
Mark DeFoe is Professor Emeritus of English at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he still teaches literature and writing part-time. He has work recently published or coming out soon in Smartish Pace, Red Rock Review, The Sow's Ear, The MacGuffin, Chautauqua Literary Review,