D.M. Aderibigbe, H.L. Hix, Philip Brady and Lynn Lurie

D.M. Aderibigbe is from Nigeria. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, is an APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series selection. The recipient of fellowships and supports from Oristaglio Family Foundation, Entrekin Foundation, Dickinson House, Callaloo and Boston University, where he is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems appear in numerous journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, Stand and elsewhere, and featured on Verse Daily. His first manuscript is a 2015 and 2016 finalist for The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

Philip Brady's most recent book is To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet (Broadstone Books). By Heart: Reflections of a Rust Belt Bard won a ForeWord Magazine Gold Medal, and Fathom, a collection of poems appeared from WordTech Press. Currently, he is a distinguished professor of English at Youngstown State University, where he directs the YSU Poetry Center and Etruscan Press, and plays in the New- Celtic band, Brady’s Leap. He also serves on the low-residency MFA faculty of Wilkes University.

H. L. Hix is the author of American Anger (Etruscan Press, 2016), which on NPR.org Craig Morgan Teicher calls “a disturbingly accurate take on current events.” Hix’s other recent books include a translation, made with Jüri Talvet, of the poetry of Estonian peasant poet Juhan Liiv, and an art/poetry anthology, Ley Lines (Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2014). More information is available at his website: www.hlhix.com.

Lynn Lurie is an attorney with an MA in international affairs and an MFA in writing. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and currently volunteers as a translator and administrator on medical trips to South America that provide surgery free of charge to children. She is also a mentor at Girls Write Now in New York City. She is the author of Corner of the Dead, winner of the 2007 Juniper Prize for Fiction, University of Massachusetts Press (2008). Quick Kills (Etruscan 2013) is her second novel.