Rhina Espaillat

Rhina Espaillat is the author of three chapbooks and six full-length books, most recently Playing at Stillness (Truman State University Press, 2005), and Agua de dos rios, a bilingual collection of poems and essays published by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic. She has also published translations of St. John of the Cross and Miguel Hernandez, among other Spanish-language classics, and Spanish translations of poems by Robert Frost.


Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia was Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and his books of poetry include Daily Horoscope (1986), The Gods of Winter (1991), and Interrogations at Noon (2001). In 1992 he published Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture.



Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Epistles, published by Sarabande. His book The Black Riviera won the 1991 Poets’ Prize. Questions for Ecclesiastes was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award and won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.


Carrie Jerrell

Carrie Jerrell received her MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and her PhD from Texas Tech University. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is an assistant professor of English at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and serves as the poetry editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.


David Middleton

David Middleton is Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. His books include The Burning Fields, As Far as Light Remains, and The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy. His verse has appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Louisiana Literature, The Lyric, and elsewhere. Middleton serves as poetry editor for The Classical Outlook and Modern Age.


Wyatt Prunty

Wyatt Prunty is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently The Lover’s Guide to Trapping. He is the founding director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and holds the Carlton Chair in poetry at Sewanee: The University of the South. He is the recipient of numerous grants and honors, including most recently fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations.


Timothy Steele

Timothy Steele’s collections include Toward the Winter Solstice (Swallow Press, 2006), The Color Wheel (Johns Hopkins, 1994), Sapphics Against Anger and Other Poems (University of Arkansas Press, 1986), and Uncertainties and Rest (Louisiana State University Press, 1979).