Poet Bios 2013-2014

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David Bottoms

David Bottoms's first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, was chosen by Robert Penn Warren as winner of the 1979 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared widely in magazines such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper's, Poetry, and The Paris Review, as well as five dozen anthologies and textbooks. He is the author of six other books of poetry, two novels, and a book of essays and interviews. A new book of poems, We Almost Disappear, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2011. Among his other awards are both the Frederick Bock Prize and the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine, an Ingram Merrill Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has served as the Richard Hugo Poet-in-Residence at the University of Montana, the Ferrol Sams Distinguished Writer at Mercer University, and the Chaffee Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta, where he holds the Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University. He is Poet Laureate of Georgia.

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.

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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Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including the recent Here and Now (Norton 2011) and What Goes On: Selected & New Poems 1995-2009. Different Hours won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and Loosestrife was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in 1996. His other W.W. Norton books are New & Selected Poems: 1974-1994, Landscape at the End of the Century, Between Angels, and Riffs & Reciprocities: Prose Pairs.

A seventeenth collection Lines of Defense is due out from Norton in January 2014.

Local Time (William Morrow & Co.) was a winner of The National Poetry Series in 1986. A new & expanded edition of Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry, was issued by BOA Editions, Ltd. In 2001. In recent years, he's been the featured poet in The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, and The Cortland Review.

A book of twenty-six essays by poets and critics on his life and work, edited by Laura McCullough, is scheduled for publication by Syracuse University Press in September, 2013.

Dunn has been awarded The Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts & Letters, The Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. His poem "The Imagined" will be included in The Best of the Best American Poetry: 1988-2012 (Scribners, 2013), Fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the James Wright Prize from Mid-American Review, and many others.

He is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and has also taught at Columbia University, NYU, University of Michigan, Princeton, and the University of Washington. He spends most of his time these days in Frostburg, Maryland where he lives with wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady was born in 1954 in Rochester, New York. He is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008), which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His other titles are Kartunes, (Warthog Press, 1980); Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, (Ommation Press, 1986), winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The Gathering of My Name, (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1991), nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; You Don't Miss Your Water, (Henry Holt and Co., 1995); The Autobiography of a Jukebox (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1997); and Brutal Imagination (Putnam, 2001). His work appears in many journals; magazines; and the anthologies Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep, In Search of Color Everywhere, and The Vintage Anthology of African American Poetry, (1750-2000) ed. Michael S. Harper.

With poet Toi Derricote, Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature (1985); a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, (1993); a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Traveling Scholarship to Tougaloo College in Mississippi (1992-1993); a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, (1993); and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award (1994). In June 1997, an adaptation of You Don't Miss Your Water was performed at the Vineyard Theatre, in New York City. In April 1999, Running Man, a music-theatre piece co-written with jazz musican Diedre Murray, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and awarded a 1999 Obie for best musical score and lead actor in a musical. In January 2002, a production of Brutal Imagination (with a score by Diedre Murray) opened at the Vineyard Theatre, where it won the 2002 Oppenheimer award for the best first play by an American Playwright.

Eady has taught poetry at SUNY Stony Brook, where he directed its Poetry Center; City College; Sarah Lawrence College; New York University; The Writer's Voice; The 92nd St Y; The College of William and Mary; and Sweet Briar College. At present he is Professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Rupert Fike

Rupert Fike's collection, Lotus Buffet (Brick Road Poetry Press) was named Finalist in the 2011 Georgia Author of the Year Awards. He has been nominated for Pushcart prizes in fiction and poetry with work appearing in The Southern Review of Poetry, Rosebud, Natural Bridge, The Georgetown Review and others. He has a poem inscribed in a downtown Atlanta plaza, and his non-fiction book, Voices from the Farm, is now in its second printing with accounts of life on a spiritual community in the 1970s.

Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes, one of the most compelling voices in American poetry, is the author of four books of poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, four Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat, and Harvard Review. His poetry has been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

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Anne Marie Macari

Anne Marie Macari is the author of four books of poetry, including Red Deer, forthcoming from Persea, and She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House, 2008). In 2000 Macari won the APR/Honickman first book prize for Ivory Cradle, which was followed by Gloryland (2005, Alice James Books). She has also coedited, with Carey Salerno, Lit From Inside: 40 Years of Poetry From Alice James Books. She teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation.

Klaus Martens

Klaus Martens is the author of nine books of poetry: Heimliche Zeiten (1984), Angehaltenes Schweigen (1985), Im Wendekreis des Fragezeichens (1987), Die Fähre und 14 andere Gedichte (2006), Gedichte 1984-2010 (online publication by fixPoetry.com), Das wunderbare Draußen (2010), Alter Knochen spricht (2011), Abwehrzauber (2012) and Schwedenbuch (2011), also a small illustrated volume with poems and prose, and photographs (with Johanne Martens). The September 2010 issue of the poetry magazine Decision was dedicated exclusively to his poetry. His new book, Siebenachtel Leben. Aus dem Arbeitsbuch will be published in 2014 as part of an exhibition of Martens' work in celebration of his 70th birthday. Martens' poems as well as his essays, and criticism of poetry have appeared for over thirty years in leading German magazines and numerous notable anthologies, including publications in well-known online poetry forums such as fixPoetry, Glarean Magazine, LyrikWelt, etc. He is one of the editors of Poetry Salzburg Review. Japanese translations of his poems were published by Shun Suzuki in Shin-Kaigi and Ka Hen magazines. Muriel Cormican's translations have appeared in Terminus, Atlanta.

Klaus Martens is also a widely published editor and noted translator of English-language poetry, including editions of sequences, selections, and collected editions, some bi-lingual, by Elizabeth Bishop, Thomas Lux, Christopher Middleton, Charles Simic, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Derek Walcott, and others.

As an academic, Martens has taught or lectured at American, Canadian, and Italian colleges and universities, including Reed College, University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia, University of Salento, and was a research fellow at Yale and Harvard universities. He was an associate professor at the University of Göttingen (Germany) and is the professor emeritus of North American literature and culture and the former director of the Center for Canadian and American Cultures at Universität des Saarlandes (Saarbröcken, Germany).

Martens is the author or editor of sixteen scholarly books, several of them published in English, over sixty scholarly articles, and co-editor of two long-running series of scholarly books. Visit: Wikipedia (deutsch) and http://www.klausmartens.com Klaus Martens is married to the ceramic sculptor Eva Wieting-Martens. They have two children.

Sandra Meek

Sandra Meek is the author of four books of poems, Road Scatter (Persea Books, 2012), Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2008), Burn (2005), and Nomadic Foundations (2002), as well as a chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival (2001). She is also the editor of an anthology, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark 2007), which was awarded a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Conjunctions, and The Iowa Review, among others. A recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, she has twice been awarded Georgia Author of the Year, in 2006 for Burn, and in 2003 for Nomadic Foundations, which also was awarded the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry. Meek served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Manyana, Botswana, 1989-1991. She is a co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poetry editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College in Georgia, USA.

Ginger Murchison

Ginger Murchison assisted Thomas Lux in the founding of POETRY at TECH. Her chapbook Out Here was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2008. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she has published articles, book reviews, and interviews, and her poems have appeared in recent publications of Horticulture, Atlanta Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Terminus Magazine and several anthologies, including Volumes II and III of Java Monkey Speaks: A Poetry Anthology. Editor of the acclaimed Cortland Review, she lives with her husband Clyde Mynatt in Atlanta.

Michea O'Siadhail

Micheal O'Siadhail was born in 1947. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Oslo. A full-time writer, he has published thirteen collections of poetry. He was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute prize for poetry in 1982, in 1998 the Marten Toonder prize for Literature and short-listed for Wingate Jewish Quarterly Prize. His poem suites The Naked Flame, Summerfest, Earlsfort Suite, At Night a Song is with Me and Middleman were commissioned and set to music for performance and broadcasting.

His collections of poetry are The Leap Year (1978), Rungs of Time (1980), Belonging (1982), Springnight (1983), The Image Wheel (1985), The Chosen Garden (1990), Hail! Madam Jazz: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books,1992), A Fragile City (Bloodaxe Books, 1995), Our Double Time (Bloodaxe Books, 1998) Poems 1975-1995 - Hail! Madam Jazz: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 1999), The Gossamer Wall (Bloodaxe Books and Time Being Books 2002), Love Life (Bloodaxe Books 2005), Globe (Bloodaxe Books 2007) and Tongues (Bloodaxe Books 2010). His Collected Poems is due from Bloodaxe Books in September 2013.

He has been a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Among his many academic works are Learning Irish (Yale University Press 1988) and Modern Irish (Cambridge University Press 1989). He was a member of the Arts Council of the Republic of Ireland (1988-93) and of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Relations (1989 -97), a founder member of Aosdána (Academy of distinguished Irish artists) and a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review. He was the founding chairman of ILE (Ireland Literature Exchange).

Website: www.osiadhail.com

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith, lauded by critics as "a testament to the power of words to change lives," is the author of six acclaimed poetry volumes. Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. In a review, South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth wrote, "Blood Dazzler is the narrative of a shameful tragedy, but it is lyrical and beautiful, like a hymn we want to sing over and over until it lives in our collective memory." In naming the book one of NPR's Top 5 books of 2008, John Freeman called Blood Dazzler "a fierce, blood-in-the-mouth collection" which "already has the whiff and feel of folklore." Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), a memoir in verse, was praised by Sapphire: "Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, is just beautiful and like the America [Smith] embodies and represents dangerously beautiful. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah is a stunning and transcendent work of art, despite, and perhaps because of, its pain. This book shines." The book was a finalist for the William Carlos William Award from the Poetry Society of America. Smith is currently at work on the biography of Harriet Tubman; a collection of short fiction and a coffee table book combining poetry with 19th century photos of African Americans.

Smith's previous book, Teahouse of the Almighty, was a National Poetry Series selection and winner of the first-ever Hurston/Wright Award in Poetry. Her other poetry books are Close to Death, Life According to Motown, and Big Towns, Big Talk and Life According to Motown, which was recently re-released in a special 20th anniversary edition. She is the winner of the Rattle Poetry Prize, the Chatauqua Literary Journal Award in poetry and two Pushcart Prizes, for the poems "Laugh Your Troubles Away" and "The Way Pilots Walk."

Afaa Michael Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver (born Michael S. Weaver), a native of Baltimore, has been a Pew fellow, a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, and an NEA fellow in poetry. His first book of poetry Water Song, was published in 1985 by U Press of Virginia. He has had plays produced professionally and worked as an editor and free lance journalist. His short fiction is included in the anthology Children of the Night. His prizes include a Pushcart, the PDI Award in playwriting from ETA Theatre in Chicago, and the May Sarton Award. His eleventh collection of poems is Kama i'reeh (Like the Wind) (2010) a translation of his work into Arabic by Wissal Al-Allaq. Weaver works as an editor and a translator, principally in Chinese. At Simmons College he holds an endowed chair as Alumnae Professor of English. In 2004 and 2008, he convened two international conferences of Chinese poets at Simmons, the first such conferences ever held outside China. Weaver is recognized in the Chinese poetry community as one of America's major supporters of contemporary Chinese poetry. In 2005 the Chinese Writers Association in Beijing gave him a gold friendship medal.

He maintains a translation website called Poets Cafe at: www.transpoet.com In March 2013 his twelfth collection of poetry, The Government of Nature, was published by U of Pittsburgh Press. His personal website is: www.afaamweaver.com. His Academy of American Poets website is: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/170. Weaver lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.