Poet Bios 2015-2016

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Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her books include Furs Not Mine, just out from Four Way Books, Kentucky Derby, Long Division, and The Cartographer's Vacation. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA and the Writers House at Merrimack College.

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion was UK Poet Laureate from 1999-2009. He was born in London and in 2015 was appointed a Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder and co-Director of The Poetry Archive (poetryarchive.org.uk), and the recipient of several prizes for his work, including most recently the Ted Hughes Award; he was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. His most recent collection of poems is Peace Talks (2015).

Brigitte Byrd

French-American poet Brigitte Byrd is the author of three poetry books, most recently Song of a Living Room (Ahsahta Press). Her newest poems are featured in The Laurel Review, Sentence, and the North American Review. She is also an editorial reviewer for Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. She teaches Creative Writing at Clayton State University where she is a Professor of English. http://www.brigittebyrd.com

Bruce Beasley

Bruce Beasley is a native of Macon, Georgia, and author of seven collections of poems, including The Creation (winner of the Ohio State University Book Award), Summer Mystagogia (selected by Charles Wright for the Colorado Prize in Poetry), Lord Brain (winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Award), and most recently The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems (University of Washington Press, 2007) and Theophobia (BOA Editions, 2012). He has won three Pushcart Prizes and his work is included in The Pushcart Book of Poetry: The Best Poems from the First Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust. He is a professor of English at Western Washington University.

H. Bruce McEver

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Tech BIE, Harvard MBA, exchange student at the Technische Hochschule in Hannover, Germany, and a Lieutenant, USN, on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, H. Bruce McEver founded Berkshire Capital Corporation in l983, pioneering the concept of providing independent merger, acquisition, and strategic advisory services for investment managers and securities firms. Bruce came to BCC from Paine Webber Group, Inc., where he served as Assistant to the Chairman after Paine Webber acquired Blyth Eastman Dillon, Inc., where he was Vice President for mergers and acquisitions. McEver began his career as a venture capital analyst at Bessemer Securities, Inc., and prior to that was Assistant Vice President, Corporate Finance, at Chemical Bank. A member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Bruce is a dedicated conservationist, a passion he demonstrates firsthand in preservation efforts on behalf of natural woodlands, beginning at home on his own 'Utopia Farm' in Salisbury Connecticut. "While industrious and ambitious, a corporate man, he is a great listener, an introspective, quiet, gentle soul--qualities that rarely exist side by side in one person," says longtime friend Jean Robertson, wife of Bruce's Tech roommate, John Robertson.

Bruce started writing in workshops in New York City with Hugh Seidman, Pearl London, Katha Pollitt, Brooks Haxton, David Lehman, and J.D. McClatchy. He has taken writing seminars at Sarah Lawrence College with Thomas Lux and Kevin Pilkington and, most recently, was a summer residency student at the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, where he worked with Stephen Dobyns. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Westview, The Berkshire Review, The Cortland Review, The Connecticut River Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and The Atlanta Review . He works in New York City and lives in Salisbury, Connecticut on Utopia Farm.

Other links to information about Bruce McEver and his work:
About Bruce McEver
His Poem "Horus" in The Cortland Review
Award-Winning IEs

Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell’s most recent of his ten full-length collections of poems are Gaze (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and Dreamless and Possible: poems New & Selected (University of Washington Press, 2010). He has received two National Endowment Fellowships, fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Washington Artist Trust, and three Pushcart Prizes. Since 1975 he has been principal editor for Lynx House Press, and in 2006 was awarded the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Editorial Excellence in recognition of this long service. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Portland State University, Colorado State University, Willamette University, Pittsburg State University (Kansas), Whitman College, Emporia State University, and, since 1996, at Eastern Washington University where he also continues as Director and principal editor for Lynx House Press and for EWU’s Willow Springs Editions.

Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass's poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her non-fiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins, 1996). Her work has frequently been published in The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review, as well as in many other journals. Among her awards are a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, two Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda Literary Award, Elliston Book Award, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com

Katie Chaple

Katie Chaple is editor of Terminus Magazine and teaches writing at the University of West Georgia. Her poems have recently appeared in such journals as 32 Poems, Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, and others. Katie recently won Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for poetry.

Linda Gregerson

Linda Gregerson is a Renaissance scholar, classically trained actor, and devotee of the sciences. She is the author of six collections of poetry: Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976 to 2014 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2015); The Selvage (2012); The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; Waterborne, winner of the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and Magnetic North, a finalist for a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.

Gregerson’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Granta, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. She is also the author of two volumes of criticism, including Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry.

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Niillas Holmberg

Niillas Holmberg is a writer, musician and actor from Ohcejohka in Saamiland, Finland. He works in three languages; Nortern Saami, Finnish and English. He has published three collections of poetry which have been translated into seven languages. He’s been awarded multiple prizes from around world for his work.

Theresa Davis

Theresa Davis is one of Atlanta's best known performance poets, giving voice to the things that you've been thinking but never could articulate. Theresa has forged an impressive career as a solo performer, winning poetry slams and featuring at spoken word venues around Atlanta and the nation, as well as leading writing and performance workshops and headlining conferences across the southeast. She is a member of The Word Diversity Collective/Art Amok and represented Atlanta as a member of the 2006 - 2011 Art Amok Slam Team. In March of 2011 Theresa was ranked #1 female slam poet in the world as the winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Travis Wayne Denton

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Travis Wayne Denton lives in Atlanta where he is the Associate Director of Poetry @ Tech and Editor of Terminus Magazine.  He will complete his MFA at Georgia State University, where he also teaches, in December 2006.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and magazines such as Greensboro Review, Rattle, The South Carolina Review, The Baltimore Review, and many others.  His work will also be featured in the upcoming anthology Evensong:  Contemporary American Poems of Spirituality.  He is a two-time nominee for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry Magazine, winner of a poetry prize from the Tulane Review and a writing award from Agnes Scott College Writer’s Festival.  His latest manuscript is Leaving the Body Behind.

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William Corbett

William Corbett is a poet, memoirist and art writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York where he directs the small press Pressed Wafer. He has published books on the painters Philip Guston and Albert York, and edited the letters of the poet James Schuyler, Just the Thing: Selected Letters of James Schuyler. His most recent books of poetry are Elegies for Michael Gizzi (Kat Ran Press) and The Whalen Poem (Hanging Loose Press). In the fall, his book on the painter Sharon Horvath, The Worlds of Sharon Horvath, will appear from Pressed Wafer and Granary Books will publish his collaboration with the painter Rackstraw Downes, I Rode with the Cossacks.