A CLOSER LOOK: Emily Fragos
Bruce Bennett is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and more than thirty poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Just Another Day in Just Our Town: Poems New And Selected, 2000-2016 (Orchises Press, 2017). His most recent chapbook is A Man Rode Into Town (FootHills Publishing, 2018). He taught English and American Literature and Creative Writing and directed the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College from 1973 until his retirement in 2014, and is now Emeritus Professor of English. In 2012 he received a Pushcart Prize for a villanelle in Ploughshares. His poetry website is https://justanotherdayinjustourtown.com.
Jane Blanchard of Georgia (USA) has recent work in Aethlon, The French Literary Review, The Lyric, and THINK. Her fourth collection with Kelsay Books is In or Out of Season.
Dan Campion is the author of Peter De Vries and Surrealism and coeditor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, a third edition of which was issued in 2019. His poems have appeared previously in the Innisfree Poetry Journal and in many anthologies and magazines, including Light, Poetry, and Rolling Stone. A selection of his poems titled The Mirror Test will be published by MadHat Press in February 2022. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Grace Cavalieri’s newest publication is a chapbook, Gotta Go Now (Casa Menendez, 2012). She’s the author of 16 books and chapbooks of poetry, as well as 28 produced plays, short-form and full-length. Her recent books—Millie’s Tiki Villas, Sounds Like Something I Would Say, and Anna Nicole: Poems—are on Kindle’s free lending library. For 35 years, Grace has produced and hosted “The Poet and the Poem” on public radio, recorded at the Library of Congress and transmitted nationally via NPR and Pacifica. She is the poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Her play “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory” opened in NYC in 2011. Her play “Quilting the Sun” opened in S.C. in 2011.
Barbara Crooker is the author of nine full-length books of poetry, most recently, Some Glad Morning (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Poetry Press, 2019), as well as nine chapbooks. She serves as a poetry editor for Italian-Americana. Her awards include the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council fellowships in literature. Her work appears in literary journals and anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania; The Bedford Introduction to Literature; and Nasty Women: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Her work has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry.
Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and Harvard Review. Her newest poetry collections are Where We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing), Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), and The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body (Anaphora Literary Press).
Colin Dodds is a writer with several acclaimed novels and poetry collections to his name. He grew up in Massachusetts and lived in California briefly, before finishing his education in New York City. He’s made a living as a journalist, editor, copywriter and video producer. Colin also writes screenplays, has directed a short film, and built a twelve-foot-high pyramid out of PVC pipe, plywood and zip ties. He lives in New York City, with his wife and daughter. You can find more of his work at thecolindodds.com.
Robert Fillman is the author of the chapbook November Weather Spell (Main Street Rag, 2019). His poems have appeared in The Hollins Critic, Poetry East, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and others. Fillman earned a Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University and is an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University.
Edward Fisher is the author of five books and has published poem in more than one hundred small college journals & little magazines, including California Quarterly, Crucible, Illuminations, Leading Edge, Listening Eye, Nassau and Wisconsin Reviews, POEM, Poetry Motel, Sanskrit, Saranac, Straylight, Texas Wesleyan, and others. He has been a Pushcart nominee and winner of New York Poetry Forum competitions. His essays & articles have appeared in Johns Hopkins University Press, Association for the Study of Play and The Writer’s Chronicle.
Jan C. Grossman
Jan C. Grossman’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Salmagundi, The South Carolina Review, Potomac Review, Slant, Poetry East, The Midwest Quarterly, Atlanta Review, Third Wednesday, THINK, Plainsongs, Tampa Review, and The Worcester Review, among other journals. She was recently named a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Cable Book Award.
William Heath has taught American literature and creative writing at Kenyon, Transylvania, Vassar, the University of Seville, and Mt. St. Mary's University, where the William Heath Award is given annually to the best student writer. He has published two chapbooks and a book of poems, three novels, an award-winning work of history, and a collection of interviews with Robert Stone. His website: http://www.williamheathbooks.
Max Heinegg is a high school English teacher who lives in Medford, MA. His poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Thrush, Nimrod, and Glass (Poets Resist). He is also a singer-songwriter whose records can be heard at www.maxheinegg.com
Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner. She’s published three chapbooks, the latest, In The Early Garden With Reason, was selected by Molly Peacock for the 2018 WaterSedge Chapbook Contest. Her full manuscript, Small Measures, is forthcoming from Twelve Winters Press. She’s also published short fiction and stories and poems for children and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize five times.
Moira Linehan is the author of If No Moon and Incarnate Grace, both from Southern Illinois University Press. Her third collection of poems is Toward (Slant Books, June 2020). Her fourth collection, & Company, is forthcoming from Dos Madres Press. She lives in the greater Boston area and is a past contributor to the Innisfree Poetry Journal.
Daniel Lusk is author of several poetry collections and other books, most recently The Shower Scene from Hamlet, poems, The Vermeer Suite, art and poems, and a poetry memoir, Girls I Never Married. His work has earned awards that include a Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize from Nimrod International Journal and a Pushcart Prize for his genre-bending essay, “Bomb.” His poems appear in Poetry Ireland, The Iowa Review, Poetry, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Massachusetts Review, Salamander, The Tahoma Review, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, and other journals.
Jim McGarrah is author of ten books. His poetry collections include Running the Voodoo Down, which won an Elixir Press book award and A Balancing Act: New and Selected Poems in May of 2018 by Lamar University Press. McGarrah’s memoir of war entitled A Temporary Sort of Peace (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007) won the national Eric Hoffer Legacy Nonfiction Award. Blue Heron Book Works published his latest nonfiction book, Misdemeanor Outlaw, in 2017.
Karen McPherson is an Oregon poet and literary translator (from French) with publications that include the chapbook Sketching Elise (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and the full-length collection Skein of Light (Airlie Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in literary journals including Descant, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cirque, Cider Press Review, Cincinnati Review, Zoland, Potomac Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review. She is also the author of a book-length translation of poetic essays by Quebec poet Louise Warren. Between 2013 and 2017, she worked as an editor in the Airlie Press poetry collective.
A faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Joseph Mills has published six collections of poetry, including Exit, pursued by a bear which consists of poems triggered by stage directions in Shakespeare. His book This Miraculous Turning was awarded the North Carolina Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry for its exploration of race and family. In 2019, he published his first book of fiction, Bleachers: 54 linked fictions, which takes place during a youth soccer game. Currently he is working on a poetry manuscript about dance. More information about his work is available at www.josephrobertmills.com.
Miles David Moore
Miles David Moore is the author of four collections of poems: The Bears of Paris (Word Works, 1995), Buddha Isn’t Laughing (Argonne House Press, 1999), and Rollercoaster (Word Works, 2004). His latest book, Man on Terrace with Wine, is scheduled to be published by Kelsay Books in early 2021. A retired journalist, he reviews films for the online arts magazine Scene4. From 1994 to 2017, he hosted the IOTA poetry reading series in Arlington, Va.
Angela Patten is author of three poetry collections, In Praise of Usefulness (Wind Ridge Books), Reliquaries, and Still Listening (both from Salmon Poetry, Ireland) and a prose memoir, High Tea at a Low Table: Stories from an Irish Childhood (Wind Ridge Books). Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Winner of the 2016 National Poetry Prize from the Cape Cod Cultural Center, she has also received creation grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she now lives in Burlington, Vermont, and is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Vermont.
M. Nasorri Pavone
M. Nasorri Pavone’s poetry has appeared in River Styx, Sycamore Review, New Letters, The Cortland Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, GHLL, Cura, Rise Up Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Chaparral, Poemeleon, Wild Goose Review, The Citron Review, Packingtown Review, The Broadkill Review, Rhino, and others. She’s been anthologized in Beyond the Lyric Moment (Tebot Bach, 2014), and has been nominated for Best of the Net and twice for a Pushcart Prize.
Andrea Potos is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Mothershell (Kelsay Books), A Stone to Carry Home (Salmon Poetry), and Arrows of Light (Iris Press). Her poems can be found widely in print and online.
Lawrence Rhu is the Todd Professor of the Italian Renaissance emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He has written books and essays about the American and European Renaissances, and he edited Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale for the Evans Shakespeare series from Cengage. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Two Rivers, South Florida Poetry Journal, Forma de Vida, Jogos Florais, Quorum, Fall Lines, Pinesong, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook. In 2018-19, three of his poems received named awards from the Poetry Society of South Carolina. A fourth, “Reading Romance with a Lady Killer,” received the 2018 Faulkner-Wisdom Poetry Award from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in New Orleans. In 2019, his unpublished poetry collection, “Pre-owned Odyssey and Rented Rooms,” was runner-up for that Society’s Marble Faun Award. In 2020, Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies published or reprinted a dozen of his poems together with his essay on poetry and philosophy, “Other Minds and a Mind of One’s Own.”
David Salner’s fourth book is The Stillness of Certain Valleys (Broadstone Books, 2019). His poetry has appeared in many journals including The Threepenny Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and previous issues of the Innisfree Poetry Journal. He worked in blue collar trades for most of his life, as iron ore miner, steelworker; works now as a librarian; lives in Long Neck, Delaware.
Marjorie Stelmach has published five volumes of poems, most recently Falter (Cascade, 2017). Her sixth book, Walking the Mists, is scheduled for publication this spring (Ashland Poetry Press). In addition to an earlier issue of Innisfree, individual poems have recently appeared in The Cresset, Cumberland River Review, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Image, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, and Sou’wester.
Tim Suermondt is the author of five full-length collections of poems, the latest Josephine Baker Swimming Pool (MadHat Press, 2019). He has published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine, Innisfree Poetry Journal, december magazine, On the Seawall, Poet Lore, and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.
Anne Harding Woodworth on Jody Bolz
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of six books of poetry with a seventh, Trouble, coming out in late 2020. Besides several appearances in the Innisfree Poetry Journal, her work is published and anthologized in print, as well as digitally, at home and abroad. Her quirky chapbook, The Last Gun, in the voice of the last gun on earth, won the COG Poetry Award, judged by A. Van Jordan. An excerpt from it was subsequently animated at www.cogzine.com/watch. She is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library and on the Board of Governors of the Emily Dickinson Museum.
Wei Zheng wrote these poems in Chinese and translated them into English. He was born in Jingzhou, Hubei province and works for China Mobile. He has written poems since the early 1990s, and his poems have been published in Poetry Journal, Poetry Exploration, Stars Poetry Journal, Poetry Monthly, Tianjin Poet, and other important poetry magazines in China. His work has also appeared in several anthologies of Chinese poetry.