has published two books of poetry with CavanKerry Press, A Day This Lit and, most recently, Spooky Action at a Distance. He has been a faculty member for many years of the Frost Place and served on the Board of Trustees as treasurer of that organization for a number of years. He also served on the Board of NADAP, the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems, an organization whose mission was to foster employment of rehabbing ex-drug abusers. Howard taught in museums for many years, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art and founded and led an organization called Artists Teaching, an interdisciplinary group of artists who taught in museums across NY State. He left teaching in 1980, after winning a New York State Creative Artists Program grant, and entered the business world. He is an executive with Aon Risk Solutions, a Fortune 250 company. He lives in Amaghansett and New York City.
is the author of three collections of poetry, Field Light (Distinguished Favorite in 2020 NYC Big Book Award), Marriage Map and Sometimes Full of Daylight, and two chapbooks. best man was the recipient of the 2016 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize of the New England Poetry Club. Other prizes include: Second Prize 2018 Wigtown (Scotland) International Poetry Competition; Finalist, 2017 Pablo Neruda Award; and First prize, the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. His poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Poetry Wales, The Mississippi Review, Southward, The Four Way Review, and other journals. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University where he teaches Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics.
serves as director of administration at Financial Asset Management Corporation in New York City. His clients have included Honda, Seiko, Nikko Securities, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb.
originally from Galveston, TX, is the author of the poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019), winner of the 2019 John A. Robertson Prize for Best First Book of Poetry (Texas Institute of Letters). He earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. His prose work has appeared in Norton’s Anthology of Latino Sudden Fiction, Aster(ix) Journal, and Kenyon Review as well as poetry that appears in Tinderbox Poetry, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and Poetry Magazine. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo, and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. He is a co-founder of the Librotraficante Movement and the founder of Tintero Projects, a grassroots organization that provides a platform for writers of color, especially in the Latinx community, along the Texas Gulf Coast and beyond. He lives in Houston.
is the author of twenty-two books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. His collection, Nebraska was published in 2020. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Dawes is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His awards include an Emmy, the Forward Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry. He is a winner of a 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Career Achievement. Kwame Dawes has been named editor of American Life in Poetry.
holds an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated as a Morehead Scholar. Her poetry explores, among many topics, the sometimes disorienting and hilarious task of raising her two Cuban American daughters between Miami and Western North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in Leon Literary Review and Written Here and are forthcoming from SWIMM Every Day. Previously she lived in London where she worked with a specialized private equity fund to finance, clean up and redevelop environmentally damaged real estate primarily in France and Northern Italy. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Miami Book Fair, the largest and longest-standing Book Fair in America, and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for Camp Merrie Woode, an all-girls summer camp in rural North Carolina. She enjoys reciting Chinese poems and might eventually speak Chinese.
is a writer, musician, educator, and curious person from Lancaster, PA. They hold a BA from Smith College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where they were the recipient of a Jane Cooper Fellowship and the Thomas Lux Scholarship Award. Their writing has appeared in Barrow Street 4×2, Frontier, The Rupture, as winner of the 2020 Sweet Lit Poetry Contest, and elsewhere. KT has been the grateful beneficiary of creative support from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and from Great Lakes Experimental Arts. In a former life, they used to sling beer, peddle cheese, and make the open mic rounds in the Midwest. More recently, they’ve found joyous employment as an educator, ghostwriter, podcast producer, and mentor. They are currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Houston.
received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and specializes in treating individual adults and teens suffering from depression, anxiety, medical problems and/or addictions. She also works with couples to facilitate clear, non-judgmental communication and to enhance intimacy. In addition to her psychology background, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing. The combination of professions has given her insight into the creative process, and she has successfully helped a variety of stymied artists revitalize their art-making process.
is an anti-corruption lawyer who assists clients in dealings with government officials. His previous practice included a range of contract, litigation, and media law matters for various clients. He was an entertainment critic for the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle and a reporter for Bloomberg News. David received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2003, and his BA from Yale University in 1999. He lives in Hong Kong.
A native of California, Kimberly Nunes divides her time between Marin County and Carmel by the Sea, and gives the balance to the wilds of New York City and other foreign destinations. Kimberly centers her business affairs on a family run farming operation based in Salinas, California. Prior to devoting full time to raising three children who are now adults, she worked in marketing and sales in the cable TV and publishing industries. She also spent a year teaching undergraduate business courses at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
Committed to community, Kimberly has spent many years working as a volunteer and fundraiser for schools and the arts. Since 2008 she has been a trustee of the Sutter Pacific Medical Center Foundation in San Francisco where she is a member of the Grants and Disbursements and Finance committees, and chair of the Research and Education Leadership Council.
Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in French, an MBA in international marketing, an MA in Humanities, and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, 2013. Currently, she is completing one manuscript of poetry and working on two others. Some of her poems have been published in journals such as The Alembic, Caveat Lector, Mantis, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, The Madison Review, and WomenArts Quarterly. A nature and fitness devotee, when not writing or working, Kimberly manages the practicalities of loved ones and home, time and expansion.
is a founding editor and the publisher of of Four Way Books. She holds degrees from New School University (BA) and from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA). She is the author of five collections of poetry: The Thin Wall (University of Pittsburgh, 2017), The Beds (Autumn House, 2012), Mother Quiet (University of Nebraska Press / Zoo, 2004), Perfect Disappearance (2000 Green Rose Prize, New Issues Press), and At the Gate (Provincetown Arts, 1995). She has taught at Emerson College, New School University, and University of California, Irvine. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She also has taught at The Frost Place, Third Coast Writer’s Conference, Bucknell University’s June Seminar for Younger Writers, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is a frequent panelist at universities and conferences around the country. She lives in NYC.
is an otolaryngologist who practices at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospitals. He studied English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University and received an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He subsequently attended Baylor College of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at New York University Langone Medical Center, and fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City.