Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson‘s poetry collections include More Money than God, Battles and Lullabies, and Tap Dancing for the Relatives. His new collection, Sleeping as Fast as I Can, was released this year in April.  He wrote the libretto for the off-Broadway musical theater piece Dear Edvard, and his children’s books have been on the top ten lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker. Michelson has received a National Jewish Book Award and two Sydney Taylor Gold Medals from the Association of Jewish Libraries. A native of East New York, Brooklyn, Michelson has served as Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, where he hosts a poetry radio program and owns R. Michelson Galleries.

Cate Marvin

Cate Marvin was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Potomac, Maryland. She received her B.A. from Marlboro College in Vermont in 1993. She holds two M.F.A.s, one from the University of Houston in Poetry (1997), the other from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Fiction (1999). She went on to complete her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati in 2003. Marvin’s first book, ​​​​​​​World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published in 2007. Her third book of poems, Oracle, was named by The New York Times as one of “The Best Poetry Books of 2015.” Her latest book, Event Horizon, was published in 2022. Marvin teaches poetry writing in the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program at the University of Southern Maine and is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she lives in Scarborough, Maine.

Madeleine May Kunin

Madeleine May Kunin, the first woman to be elected governor of Vermont (three terms), was also the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and U.S. deputy secretary of education. She is the author of two books of poetry, Red Kite, Blue Sky and her new collection Walk With Me. Her previous books include: Living a Political Life, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family (New York Times Editor’s Choice), Pearls Politics and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead, and Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties. She is currently James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, where she gives guest lectures on feminism and women, and politics. She also served on the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991, and she recently launched Emerge Vermont to encourage and support women in politics. She lives in Shelburne, Vermont.

Jeff Friedman

Jeff Friedman’s poems, mini stories and translations have appeared in American Poetry ReviewPoetry, New England ReviewPoetry International, Hotel Amerika, Cast-Iron Aeroplanes That Can Actually Fly: Commentaries from 80 American Poets on their Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction Funny, Flash Nonfiction Funny, Fiction International, The New Republic and numerous other literary magazines and anthologies. His newest book, The Marksman, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Friedman has received numerous awards and prizes including a National Endowment Literature Translation Fellowship (with Dzvinia Orlowsky) in 2016 and two individual Artist Grants from New Hampshire Arts Council.

Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel is a distinguished university professor in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami. She is the author of Second Story and her previous books include Scald, Blowout, Ka-Ching!, Two and Two, Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems, The Star-Spangled Banner, and Kinky. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.