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Hadara Bar-Nadav, Sharon Dolin, Melissa Christine Goodrum & Bethany Carlson

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin, Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace, awarded the Sunken Garden Prize, and Show Me Yours, awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. Recent awards include the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize from Crazyhorse and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Hadara is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry collections. Her new book, Manual for Living has just been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her other recent books are: Serious Pink (2015 reissue), Whirlwind (2012), and Burn and Dodge (2008), which won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her other awards include the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Drisha Arts Fellowship. Her work has appeared in dozens of magazines as well as in these recent anthologies: Short Flights: Aphorism Anthology, The Poets Quest for God, The Incredible Sestina Anthology, Ecopoetry, Poetry in Medicine, and the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poets.She directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. Since 2014, she directs and teaches in the international creative writing workshop, Writing About Art in Barcelona.

melissa christine goodrum first journeyed to Brooklyn to obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Poetry from Brooklyn College.Twelve years later, her poetry can be found in The New York Quarterly, The Torch, The Tiny, Rhapsoidia, canwehaveourballback?, Transmission, a harpy flies down-a chapbook by Other Rooms Press and The Bowery Women Poems, an anthology. Her full book of poetry, definitions uprising, is available thanks to NY Quarterly Books. She is committed to publishing and actively participating in the poetry community wherever she may be. She has enjoyed her various leadership roles over the years: Guest Editor of Other Rooms Press’ first print anthology: Ocellus Reseau, Co-Editor of The Brooklyn Review, Designer/Publisher/Editor of Cave Canem’s Fall 2010 and 2014 NYC Workshop Collections, “Writing Down the Music” and "Letters to the Future," Co-President of the Cambridge Poetry Awards, Administrative Director of Bowery Arts & Science and as recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She happily wears many dynamic and creative masks: poet, translator, scholar, editor, book designer, actor and photographer.

Bethany Carlson is an MDiv candidate in the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University and holds an MFA from Indiana University. She is interested in how lyricism enhances sacred liturgy, invites eschatological imagination, and transcends a Christological understanding of narrative time. Bethany is a Kundiman Fellow and a member of The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program in Humanities & the Arts. Her chapbook DIADEM ME was published by MIEL in 2014.