2020 Poetry Participants

Listed in alphabetical order

Michael CantorMichael Cantor

Michael Cantor has published two full length poetry collections – Furusato, (Kelsay Books, 2019), and Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Able Muse Prize and 2013 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. A chapbook, The Performer, was published in 2007. His work has appeared in The Dark Horse, Measure, Raintown Review, frogpond, New Walk, Think, Light, and numerous other journals and anthologies; A native New Yorker, he has lived and worked in Japan, Latin America and Europe; and presently divides his time between Plum Island, MA, and Santa Fe, NM.


Charles CoeCharles Coe

Charles Coe is the author of three books of poetry: “All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents”, “Picnic on the Moon,” and most recently “Memento Mori, all published by Leapfrog Press. His novella “Spin Cycles,” about a homeless man living on the street in Boston, was published by Gemma Media. In 2017 he served as an Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston, where he created an oral history project that featured people who live and work on Mission Hill. Charles is adjunct professor of English at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, teaching poetry and nonfiction in the MFA program.


Martha CollinsMartha Collins

Martha Collins’s tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do, was published by the University of Pittsburgh in fall 2019. Her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and the book-length poem Blue Front, as well as the paired volumes Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, most recently Black Stars by Ngo Tu Lap, and co-edited, with Kevin Prufer, Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries. Founder of the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston and former Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College, she currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Susan de SolaSusan de Sola

Susan de Sola’s collection, Frozen Charlotte: Poems, was recently published by Able Muse Press. Her poems have appeared widely, in journals such as The Hudson Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, PN Review and The Dark Horse, and have been included in anthologies, such as Best American Poetry. The 2018 winner of the Frost Farm Prize, she has also been a finalist for the Autumn House and Morton Marr poetry prizes, and is a past winner of the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize. A Bryn Mawr graduate, she holds a doctorate in English literature from the Johns Hopkins University. She has published criticism, essays and reviews, as well as several books on architecture and design for Dutch studios. Her photography is featured in the chapbook Little Blue Man. She is a faculty member at the West Chester Poetry Conference, where she has also been a Poet in Residence, and is Assistant Poetry Editor at Able Muse. A native New Yorker, she lives near Amsterdam with her family. Her website is: www.susandesola.com Photo Credit: Isabelle Puts.


Rachel DeWoskinRachel DeWoskin

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: Banshee; Someday We Will Fly; Blind; Big Girl Small, and Repeat After Me; and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing, about the years she spent in Beijing as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera. Her poetry collection Two Menus, is forthcoming in 2020 from the University of Chicago Press’ Phoenix Poetry Series. DeWoskin has Hollywood development deals for Foreign Babes in Beijing and Banshee, and her essays, poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Conde Nast Traveler, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Agni, Ploughshares, The New Delta Review, The New Orleans Review, Seneca Review, and numerous journals and anthologies. She is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago and an affiliated faculty member in Jewish and East Asian Studies.


Midge GoldbergMidge Goldberg

Midge Goldberg is the recipient of the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award as well as a finalist in 2017. She received the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award for her book Snowman’s Code, chosen as the 2016 New Hampshire Literary Awards Reader’s Choice Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Measure, Light, Appalachia, and Poetry Speaks: Who I Am. Her other books include Flume Ride and the children’s book My Best Ever Grandpa. She is a longtime member of the Powow River Poets and has an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Chester, New Hampshire, with her family, two cats, and an ever-changing number of chickens.


Ernest HilbertErnest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert is the author of Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, and Caligulan, which was selected as winner of the 2017 Poets’ Prize. His fourth collection, Last One Out, appeared in March 2019. He lives in Philadelphia where he works as a rare book dealer and book reviewer for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His poem “Mars Ultor” was included in Best American Poetry 2018, and his poems appear in Yale Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Parnassus, Sewanee Review, Hudson Review, Boston Review, The New Republic, American Scholar, and the London Review. Visit him at www.ernesthilbert.com


XJ Kennedy

X. J. Kennedy

X. J. Kennedy (pen name chosen to be different from other Joe Kennedys) is a poet whose first collection, Nude Descending a Staircase, appeared in 1961 and whose most recent, That Swing, came out in 2018. He has received the Robert Frost gold medal for achievement in poetry, the highest award of the Poetry Society of America. His textbook An Introduction to Poetry, now in a 13th edition and co-authored with Dana Gioia, has been used my more than seven million college students, and he is the author or co-author of two dozen children’s books, He was formerly Professor of English at Tufts, and poetry editor of The Paris Review.


Alfred Nicol

Alfred Nicol collaborated with Rhina Espaillat and illustrator Kate Sullivan to create the chapbook Brief Accident of Light: Poems of Newburyport (Kelsay Books, 2019). Nicol’s most recent full collection of poetry, Animal Psalms, was published in 2016 by Able Muse Press. He has published two other collections, Elegy for Everyone (2010), and Winter Light, which received the 2004 Richard Wilbur Award. Nicol’s poem “Addendum” was included in the 2018 edition of The Best American Poetry.


Chris O'CarrollChris O’Carroll

Chris O’Carroll was a virtually unknown stand-up comic in the year 2000 when he self-published Take These Rhymes . . . Please: Rude Limericks and Other Crimes Against Literature and began hawking that volume after the show at comedy clubs. From toking on limericks, it was a short step to mainlining sonnets, and he soon became a virtually unknown poet. He has been Light magazine’s featured poet, and frequently contributes topical satire to that journal’s “Poems of the Week” feature. His work has appeared in dozens of print and online journals as well as in New York City Haiku, Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle, and The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology. His collection The Joke’s on Me, published in 2019 by White Violet Press, has been hailed as “a hilarious book, an erudite one, and truly moving.”


Linda PastanLinda Pastan

Linda Pastan grew up in New York City, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1954, and received an MA from Brandeis University. She has published 15 volumes of poetry, most recently Insomnia which won the Towson University Literary Award and A Dog Runs Through It. Two of her books have been finalists for the National Book Award, one for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She taught for several years at American University and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference for 20 years. She is a past Poet Laureate of Maryland. Pastan has won numerous awards, including The Radcliffe Distinguished Alumni Award and The Maurice English Award. In 2003 she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Pastan lives with her husband in Maryland. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.


Joan Alice Wood KimballJoan Alice Wood Kimball

Joan Alice Wood Kimball of Concord, Massachusetts, a member of the Powow River Poets, runs poetry workshops in Concord and Wayland. She wrote two illustrated poetry chapbooks, Summer River and This River Hill, and co-edited a third. She was a finalist for the Morton Marr and Atlanta Review Poetry Prizes. She performed with the poetry troupe X. J. Kennedy & the Light Brigade on stage, TV, and at four Massachusetts Poetry Festivals, and has appeared in Measure, Raintown Review, Arion, Peacock Journal, and many others. Her limerick, “Cold October,” is inscribed on granite in Edmands Park, Newton. Her full collection, Early Light, will be [was] published by Kelsay Books, December 2019.


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