|Shannon Adler writes: "I guess in third grade I wrote a story that was kindly put into our school compilation. Something about an apple tree...In my junior year of high school we were forced to write a poem and my teacher liked it enough to have me submit it to the Gilbert School District (Az) competition. I got honorable mention for that piece of art. Other than that, I have done nothing. I'm 18 years old...I am now a student at Brigham Young University Idaho...going to school in the snow and taking a literary interpretation class that I can't stand.
Pamela Alexander's most recent collections of poetry are Inland (an Iowa Poetry Prize winner) and Commonwealth of Wings, a sequence of persona poems in the voice of John James Audubon. She teaches creative writing at Oberlin College.
From Kelly Birinyi: "In between graduating from Cornell in psychology and Womens Studies and applying to MFA programs in poetry, Im living in Washington, DC, working in health care advocacy. Im originally from Ohio, but that mainly proved to me that just because youre born somewhere doesnt mean thats where youre meant to live."
Something about changing his name from Felix Ruben Garcia Sarmiento to Ruben Dario caused the poet to be possessed by an agitated, polemical, dissipated spirit for much of his adult life, and he was unable to find permanence in any of the world capitals he haunted as a journalist or diplomat: Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris or New York. Dario was born in Nicaragua in 1867, and died there in 1916, after an ill-fated lecture tour of North America. Modernism, the poetic movement of which Dario became an acknowledged leader, has been described by Octavio Paz as "a dancing class, a gymnasium, a circus, and a masked ball." Paz goes on to say that "everything written in Spanish after Modernism has been affected in one way or another by that great renascence," and that "Dario was not only the richest and most ample of the Modernist poets: he was one of the great modern poets."
Helen Frost is the author of Keesha's House (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003) and When I Whisper, Nobody Listens: Helping Young People Write About Difficult Issues (Heinemann, 2001). She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her website is: www.helenfrost.com
Keith Geekie is an associate professor of writing and literature at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She is currently teaching an international class of writing that includes students online from St. Petersburg and Izhevsk, Russia, and Ningbo, the People's Republic of China. She will be traveling to Izhevsk in May to meet some of her electronic students in person.
"The two of us, Natalija Grgoriniæ and Ognjen Ra>en, were both born in Croatia (Pula 1974. and Slavonski Brod 1975.). We write together and are joined authors of all our work. About two dozens of our short stories got published in all major Croatian literary magazines. Our first novel Paradise (Raj), written in 1998. was published in April of 2001., and it won us the first place in literary contest Laurus Nobilis of Poreè. Along with our literary work we spend couple of years as journalists, writing literary reviews and articles for culture sections of most important Croatian newspapers."
Their website is at http://www.geocities.com/tashogi
Cynthia Hogue directs the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, where she teaches English. Her most recent collections are The Never Wife (Mammoth, 1999) and Flux (New Issues, 2002)
Sakae Manning is a member of the Silverlake Writer's Workshop and most recently published an essay in Tavis Smiley's, The Tavis Smiley Report (July, 2001), and has published poems in Making Waves: An Anthology of Writings By and About Asian American Women (Beacon Press, 1989) and in The Walrus (Mills College, 1982), and is a recipient of the Mills College Mary Merritt Henry Price for Poetry. A graduate of Mills College, she completed her graduate work at USC's Annenberg School of Communications.
Prasenjit Maiti is former Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Burdwan University, West Bengal, India. His print publication credits include Nightingale, Pulsar, Monkey Kettle, Green Queen, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Skald, Blue Collar Review, The Journal, Phoenix, Harlequin, Poetry Church and Paper Wasp.
John Morgan has published three collections of poetry and a number of chapbooks. He has work forthcoming in Rattle, Compass Rose and The Southern Review. "By the way," he writes, "my son Jeff has some poems on the web at www.canwehaveourballback.com.
Thu Nguyen was born in Vietnam, and has lived in the United States since the age of three. She is a graduate of Wellesley College. While in college, she studied poetry under Frank Bidart. She currently lives and works in Washington, DC.
Danny Rosen helps coordinate poetry events in western Colorado, where he recently helped edit Voices From The Valley, an anthology of western Colorado poets. He teaches astronomy in the Western Sky Planetarium, a portable planetarium that he takes into schools throughout Utah and Colorado. He lives with Karen and Jack in Fruita, Colorado.
Greg Simon and Steven F. White have completed a manuscript of translations of the poetry of the late Cuban poet, Gaston Baquero, called The Angel of Rain. They are now working on the poems of Ruben Dario for a collection of his writing to be published in 2004 by Penguin Books in a series of Latin American writers that already includes Esther Allen's brilliant Jose Marti: Selected Writings (2002).
Steven F. White's publications can be viewed at: http://it.stlawu.edu/~swhite/publications.htm He currently teaches at St. Lawrence University and is co-translating a new anthology of the prose and poetry of Nicaraguan Rubén Darío for Penguin.