Stephanie Ford, Emily Wolahan, Caroline Knox, Christina Olivares and Jon Curley

Caroline Knox is the author of seven previous works, most recently Nine Worthies, Quaker Guns, and He Paves The Road With Iron Bars (Winner of The Maurice English Award). She has received grants and awards from The Fund for Poetry, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, The National Endowment For the Arts and Poetry Magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Stephanie Ford is the author of All Pilgrim, forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2015. Her poems have appeared inBoston ReviewFenceTin HouseHarvard ReviewGulf Coast, and many other journals. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she now lives in Los Angeles.

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Emily Wolahan has lived in Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy and America. She received and MA in Literature from University of Houston and and MFA in writing from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in journals such as Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Omniverse, DIAGRAM and Drunken Boat. She is also co-founder and co-editor of JERRY Magazine. She now lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco, where she teaches writing. 

Christina Olivares is the author of Petition, winner of YesYes Books' 2014 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Competition (forthcoming 2015), and No Map of the Earth Includes Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize. Olivares is a poet and educator from the Bronx in New York City. She earned an MFA from Brooklyn College in Poetry and a BA from Amherst College in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education). She is the recipient of two Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants (2014 and 2010), a 2012 Vermont Studio Center Artists Grant, and a 2008-2009 Teachers and Writers Collaborative Fellowship. She has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Five Quarterly, decomP magazinE, Vinyl Poetry, PALABRA, Tidal Basin Review, The Acentos Literary Review, No, Dear, and The Brooklyn Review. She has participated in VONA and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences. 

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Jon Curley’s New Shadows (2009) and Angles of Incidents (2012) were both published by Dos Madres Press. A Senior University Lecturer of Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology, he is the author of Poets and Partitions: Confronting Communal Identities in Northern Ireland (2011). Together with Burt Kimmelman, he is the co-editor of The Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory (2015). In addition to teaching, he works with children in Battery Park, just across from Poets House. Curley lives in New York City.