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Contemporary Poetry and Poetics



DAVID BAKER is the author of six books of poetry: Changeable Weather (2001), The Truth about Small Towns (1998), After the Reunion (1994), Sweet Home, Saturday Night (1991), Haunts (1985), and Laws of the Land (1981).  His two critical books are Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (2000) and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996).  Among his awards are fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, Poetry Society of America, and the Pushcart Foundation.  His poems and essays appear in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, DoubleTake, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and many others.  He teaches at Denison University and in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College, and he is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.

BARRY BALLARD's poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, Chariton Review, Florida Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.  His collections of poems include Green Tombs to Jupiter (Snail's Pace Press Poetry Prize) and A Time to Reinvent (Creative Ash Press Poetry Prize).

JARED CARTER is the author of three collections of poetry: Work, for the Night Is Coming (Macmillan, 1981) received the Walt Whitman Award, After the Rain (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1993) was awarded the Poets' Prize, and Les Barricades Mysterieuses was published by Cleveland State in 1999.  His honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

CATHERINE DALY has had poetry and essays published widely online and in print.  While not developing online business applications for clients including Fox, Goldman Sachs, NASA, and Universal, she teaches an online poetry workshop through UCLA Extension.

DAVID LEE GARRISON is a professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Wright State University.  His poetry, translations, and criticism have appeared in many journals, including Denver Quarterly, Edge City Review, The Literary Review, Poem, and Southern Indiana Review.  His most recent publication is Certain Chance, a translation of a book of poems by Pedro Salinas (Bucknell University Press, 2000).

JOHN GILGUN is the author of a number of poetry and short-story collections, including The Dooley Poems (Robin Price), From the Inside Out (Three Phase Publishing), and Everything That Has Been Shall Be Again: The Reincarnation Fables of John Gilgun (Bieler Press), as well as a novel, Music I Never Dreamed Of (Amethyst Press).  He is Professor Emeritus at Missouri Western State College.

GREGG HERTZLIEB is the Director of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.  He has been awarded the Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship by the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and a Conant Writing Award for Poetry from Millikin University.  His artwork has been exhibited widely, including at the Aron Packer Gallery, August House Studio, the Central School of Art and Design in London, Columbia College, Elgin Community College, the Goodman Theater, and Struve Gallery.

MARIE C. JONES is an English lecturer at the University of North Texas, a technical writer, a translator, and one of the owners/managers of Basilisk Press, a small press that publishes poetry chapbooks and artists' books.  Her poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Coal City Review, Northwest Review, Passages North, Phoebe, Poem, Prairie Schooner, and other journals.

MARY LINXWEILER has published poems in The Lighter and Ariel.  Her poetry has been selected a winner in the Triton College national Salute to the Arts competition.  She is a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis.

WALT MCDONALD is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of English and the Director of Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.  The author of a book of fiction and eighteen collections of poetry, most recently All Occasions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000), Whatever the Wind Delivers: Celebrating West Texas and the Near Southwest (Texas Tech University Press, 1999), Blessings the Body Gave (Ohio State University Press, 1998), and Counting Survivors (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995), his poems have also appeared widely in literary journals, including American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, and Poetry.

MARIANNE POLOSKEY was born in Berlin, Germany.  Her first collection of poems, Climbing the Shadows (2000), is published by Chi Chi Press.  In addition, her poetry has appeared in various literary journals, including The Christian Science Monitor, Paterson Literary Review, and War, Literature, & the Arts.  A translator and interpreter, she is also a frequent speaker on Fairleigh Dickinson University's radio program, The Poet's Corner. 

LAURI RAMEY's doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago was the first authorized full-length critical study of Michael Palmer.  She is the editor and wrote the introduction to Form's Mind, a selection of Michael Palmer's essays.  She is also co-editor, with Aldon Lynn Nielsen, of Every Goodbye Ain't Gone, an anthology of innovative African-American poetry.  She is currently Convenor of Creative Writing at Cardiff University.  Her review of The Lion Bridge first appeared in Facture 1.

VIVIAN SHIPLEY is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Devil's Lane (1996) and Fair Haven (2000), both published by Negative Capability Press.  Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including The American Scholar, Carolina Quarterly, Florida Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, The Journal, Tampa Review, and The Southern Review.  She teaches at Southern Connecticut State University, where she also serves as the editor of Connecticut Review.

FLOYD SKLOOT, recipient of the 1996 William Stafford Award, has published three collections of poetry: Music Appreciation (University Presses of Florida, 1994), The Evening Light (Story Line Press, 2001), and The Fiddler's Trance (Bucknell University Press, 2001).  The Evening Light received the 2001 Oregon Book Award.  His poems have also appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's,Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review.Virginia Quarterly Review awarded him the Emily Clark Balch Prize in Poetry for 2000, and one of his poems appears in The Best Spiritual Writing 2001.  He has also published three novels and a book of essays about the illness experience.  Some of his essays have been included in The Best American Essays (1993 and 2000), The Art of the Essay 1999, and The Best American Science Writing 2000.

DARRYL TIPPENS currently serves as Provost of Pepperdine University.  In 2000, he was guest editor of a special issue of Christianity and Literature devoted entirely to the work of Walt McDonald, and where his interview with McDonald first appeared.  He is co-editor of the literary anthology Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith.  He has also published various articles on the Bible as literature, Milton, Shakespeare, and literary theory.  He is associate editor of Explorations in Renaissance Culture.

DANIEL TOBIN is the winner of several literary prizes and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a "Discovery"/The Nation Prize. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Chattahoochee Review, Chelsea, The Cumberland Poetry Review, The Literary Review, Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, and others.  His book of poems, Where the World Is Made, was published by University Press of New England in 1999.  He is also the author of Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (1999). 

JAMES R. WHITLEY has had poems published in a number of journals, including Coal City Review, Coe Review, Icon, Peregrine, and Xavier Review.  His book-length manuscript of poetry, Immersion, was selected by Lucille Clifton as the winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and will be published by Lotus Press.

Cover photo of David Baker by Ann Townsend.


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