Aracelis Girmay is the author of Teeth, published by Curbstone Press in 2007, for which she was awarded a GLCA New Writers Award. Her collage-based book, changing, changing, was published by George Braziller in 2005. Girmay has been awarded writing grants from the Watson Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, & the NEA. A Cave Canem graduate & Acentos board member, she was the 2008-2009 visiting writer in Queens College’s MFA program &, for years, has facilitated arts/activism workshops with young people in the Bronx. Her new book of poems, Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Ellen Doré Watson’s most recent volume of poems is Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Her other books include This Sharpening, also from Tupelo, and two from Alice James, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. Broken Railings was awarded the Green Lake Chapbook Award from Owl Creek Press. Individual poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, the Zoland Poetry Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. She has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press). Watson has also co-translated contemporary Arabic language poetry with Saadi Simawe, and a second book of Prado translations is due from Tupelo in 2012.
Sean Nevin is the author of Oblivio Gate (Southern Illinois University Press) and A House That Falls (Slapering Hol Press). His honors include a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, the Alsop Review Poetry Prize, the Katherine C. Turner Academy of American Poets University Prize, and two fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, and JAMA, and anthologies including Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (Bottom Dog Press), Beyond Forgetting: Prose and Poetry about Alzheimer’s (Kent State University Press) and the anthology from the Academy of American Poets, New Voices: University and College Prizes 1998-2008. His poetry and interviews have recently been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated shows ‘The Story with Dick Gordon’ and ‘Speaking of Faith’ with Krista Tippett. He directs the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University.