D Nurkse

D Nurkse is the author of eleven previous books of poetry and a new collection, A Country of Strangers; New and Selected Poems. His many honors include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His poems have appeared in periodicals such as The New YorkerThe American Poetry Review, and The Paris Review; he has taught poetry in prison, and, as Brooklyn poet laureate, in local schools and the public library system. He has also worked for human rights organizations. A resident of Brooklyn, he currently teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He is the author of Tender the River, The Wounded for the WaterClub Icarus, selected by Major Jackson as the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize winner, and Cameo Diner: Poems. He has published work previously in Slate, Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Southwest Review, Southeast Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, The Rumpus, Poetry Daily, and other journals. He was a winner of the 2019 Nimrod International Review’s Pablo Neruda Prize, the 2015 River Styx Micro-Beer, Micro-fiction Prize and Iron Horse Review’s 2015 Trifecta Poetry Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature at Stanford University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New England College, Harvard Extension and the Concord State Prison for Men. He currently teaches English and coaches football at Phillips Exeter Academy where he also co-directs the Writers’ Workshop at Exeter. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Emily Meehan and their children Delaney and Joseph.

Meg Kearney

Meg Kearney is the author of All Morning the Crows, winner of the Washington Prize, An Unkindness of Ravens and Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England L.L. Winship Award, as well as a heroic crown published as a chapbook titled The Ice Storm, a trilogy of novels in verse for teens, and the picture book Trouper. She directs the Solstice MFA Program in Massachusetts.

Todd Hearon

Todd Hearon was born in Fort Worth,Texas, and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Todd Hearon earned a B.A. in English from Baylor University before going on to earn an M.A. in Irish studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in editorial studies from Boston University. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Hearon’s books of poetry include Crows in EdenNo Other Gods, and Strange Land, which was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Series Open

Shanta Lee

Shanta Lee is a prize winning artist who works in different mediums as a photographer, writer across genres and is a public intellectual. She is the author of  GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak in Woke Tongues (Diode Editions, 2021) and Black Metamorphoses (Etruscan Press, 2023). Shanta Lee is a producer and reporter for Vermont Public Radioregular contributor to the Ms. Magazine Blog, Art New Englandand  her current multimedia exhibition, Dark Goddess: An Exploration of the Sacred Feminine, is on view until December 9 at the Fleming Museum of Art. To learn more about her work, visit: Shantaleegander.com.