Freya Manfred's seventh collection of poetry is The Blue Dress, a chapbook. A longtime Midwesterner who has also lived on both coasts, her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies, and won many awards, including the Harvard/Radcliffe Grant.
Connie Wanek's third book of poems, On Speaking Terms, is amusing, tender, and surprising. Wanek's poems emerge from everyday objects--Scrabble, garlic, lipstick, hawkweed--and the landscapes, waterscapes, and severe winters of the upper Midwest. Lit by startling metaphors, Wanek's work has been justly compared to Wislawa Szymborska's for its wry wit and spare "Eastern European" sensibility.
Louis Jenkins’ poems have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Among his books of poetry are The Winter Road, North of the Cities, Before You Know It, and Nice Fish: New and Selected Prose Poems (winner of the Minnesota Book Award). He lives in Duluth.