2018 Poetry Participants

Listed in alphabetical order

Catherine ChandlerCatherine Chandler

Catherine Chandler is a Canadian and American poet, teacher and translator. Chandler’s first full-length collection of poetry, Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press, 2011), was shortlisted in 2013 for the prestigious Poets’ Prize. A second full-length collection, Glad and Sorry Seasons, was published by Biblioasis Press (Windsor, Ontario) in April, 2014. Awards include the Richard Wilbur Award (2016) for her manuscript The Frangible Hour (her third full-length collection, published in late December, 2016 by the University of Evansville Press, and nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award (winner, 2010) for her poem, “Coming to Terms”, the final judge being A. E. Stallings. She was also a finalist in the Nemerov competition on eight other occasions. Her poem, “Pack Rat”, a parody of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Renascence”, was among ten finalists in the 2015 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. Her work has received eight Pushcart Prize nominations. Catherine Chandler currently lives in Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, Québec and Punta del Este, Uruguay.


Duy DoanDuy Doan

Duy Doan is the author of We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Slate, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, Doan received an MFA in poetry from Boston University.


John FoyJohn Foy

John Foy’s new book, Night Vision, was selected by Adam Kirsch as winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize and was published in 2017 by St. Augustine’s Press. His first book is Techne’s Clearinghouse. His poems have been included in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, The Raintown Review Anthology, and Rabbit Ears, an anthology of poems about TV, and they have appeared widely in journals and online. He lives in New York with his wife, the Brazilian painter Majô L. Foy, and their two children, Catherine and Chris. His website is: www.johnffoy.net.


Erica FunkhouserErica Funkhouser

Erica Funkhouser is the author of five books of poetry. Her newest collection, Post & Rail, won the 2017 Idaho Poetry Prize and is being published by Lost Horse Press. She teaches writing at MIT and lives in Essex, MA.


Rachel HadasRachel Hadas

Rachel Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her most recent collection of poems is “Questions in the Vestibule” (Northwestern University Press 2016); Northwestern will publish her verse translations of Euripides’ two Iphigenia plays in April 2018. A new collection, “Poems for Camilla,” is due out in June 2018 from Measure Press. The recipient of honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the O.B. Harrison Poetry Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Rachel is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she has taught for many years.


AM JusterA.M. Juster

A.M. Juster’s work has appeared in Poetry, Hudson Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review and many other journals. He won the Richard Wilbur Award for his first book of original poetry and the Barnstone Translation Prize; he is also a three-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His most recent books are: Tibullus’ Elegies (Oxford University Press 2012), Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles (University of Toronto Press 2015) and Sleaze & Slander (Measure Press 2016). In 2016 Kelsay Books published The Billy Collins Experience and in 2018 the University of Pennsylvania Press will publish The Elegies of Maximianus. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard with two honorary degrees. Photo credit: Johnson Photography.


Jean KreilingJean L. Kreiling

Jean L. Kreiling’s first collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books), was published in 2014; her second, Arts & Letters & Love, is due out this spring. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the Able Muse Write Prize, the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Contest, the New England Poetry Club Norma Farber / Rosalie Boyle prize, and the String Poet Prize. Kreiling teaches music history at Bridgewater State University; her interdisciplinary essays on music and poetry have appeared in several academic journals.


Jenna LeJenna Le

A Minnesota-born daughter of Vietnam War refugees, Jenna Le earned her B.A. in mathematics before obtaining her M.D. She lives and works as a physician and educator in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. She is the author of two full-length collections of poems, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), which was a Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller, and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Anchor & Plume Press, 2016), which won Second Place in the 2017 Elgin Awards. Her poetry, fiction, essays, book criticism, and poetry translations have been published widely. Le has been a Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize winner, a two-time Alpha Omega Alpha Pharos Poetry Competition winner, a William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition finalist, a Michael E. DeBakey Poetry Award finalist, a Pamet River Prize semifinalist, a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a Best of the Net nominee, and a Rhysling Award nominee. Since 2014 (after her Pharos Poetry Competition wins), Le has also served on the editorial board of the Pharos, the journal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.


Sydney LeaSydney Lea

Sydney Lea, a former Pulitzer finalist, founded and for thirteen years edited New England Review. His thirteenth collection of poems, Here, is due from Four Way Books this year. , Likewise in 1918, Vermont’s Green Writers Press will publish The Music of What Happens: Lyric and Everyday Life, his collected newspaper columns from his years (2011-15) as Vermont poet laureate. Next spring, GWP will also re-issue his collaborative book of essays with former Delaware laureate Fleda Brown, Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives.


James NajarianJames Najarian

James Najarian grew up on a goat farm in central Pennsylvania. He teaches Victorian literature at Boston College. He published a critical volume, Victorian Keats, in 2003. He has had poetry published in The Literary Imagination, Tar River Poetry, West Branch, The Mennonite, The Cape Rock, and other journals. The Goat Songs, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize from the University of North Texas Press is his first volume of poetry.


Aidan RooneyAidan Rooney

Aidan Rooney was born and grew up in Monaghan, Ireland. After graduating cum laude from Maynooth College, National University of Ireland – where, in 1982, he won the Guinness Literary Award for Poetry – he lived and taught in Ireland, France and Texas for a number of years before moving to New England. In 1996 he was winner of the W.B. Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition and in 1997 he received the Sunday Tribune / Hennessy Cognac award for New Irish Poetry. His collections, Day Release (2000) and Tightrope (2007), are published there by The Gallery Press. His translations and original poems appear widely in journals and anthologies in Europe and North America, among the latter: The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe), Staying Alive (Bloodaxe) and 180 More (Random House). In 2013, Aidan was awarded the Daniel Varoujan Award from the New England Poetry Club. His most recent collection, Go There, is forthcoming from Madhat Press (early 2019). Aidan has been teaching at Thayer Academy (Braintree, MA) since 1988.


Nina SankovitchNina Sankovitch

Nina Sankovitch is the author of the bestselling memoir Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, and two histories, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing, which explores the history of letter writing, and her latest book, The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, a multi-generational biography of one of New England’s most influential families. In its review of The Lowells of Massachusetts, the Washington Post described the Lowells as “American’s Most Extraordinary Family… By the final pages of this volume, one feels deeply attached to the individual Lowells, while also exhilarated at having experienced this grand sweep of American history.” The Wall Street Journal heralded The Lowells of Massachusetts as a “stirring saga…vivid and intimate…a compelling contribution to Massachusetts and American History.” Nina Sankovitch worked as an environmental lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and later served as President and Executive Director of Save the Sound, an environmental group based in Connecticut. She has written for the New York Times and Huffington Post (among other publications) and serves as a judge for the Book of the Month Club. She lives in Connecticut with her family.


Daniel TobinDaniel Tobin

Daniel Tobin is the author of eight books of poems, most recently From Nothing, winner of the Julia Ward Howe Prize and the forthcoming Blood Labors, as well as The Stone in the Air, his versions from Paul Celan. He is author of several critical works including the forthcoming On Serious Earth. Among his awards are the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Emerson College.


deborahwarren-sDeborah Warren

Deborah Warren is the author of three poetry collections, The Size of Happiness (2003), Zero Meridian (2004), which received the New Criterion Prize, and Dream with Flowers and Bowl of Fruit (2008), recipient of the Richard Wilbur Award. Her poems have appeared in the Hudson Review, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, and Yale Review. Her work has also earned her the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the Robert Frost Poetry Award. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts.


Anton YakovlevAnton Yakovlev

Born in Moscow, Russia, Anton Yakovlev studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. He is the author of poetry chapbooks Ordinary Impalers (Aldrich Press, 2017), The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Prelude, Measure, Amarillo Bay, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village, his book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin, was published by Sensitive Skin Books in 2018. He is the current education director at the Bowery Poetry Club, where he also curates the Triangle Quarterly reading series, and he co-hosts the Carmine Street Metrics reading series in New York City. He is a member of the Powow River Poets in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He has also written and directed several short films.


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