Valerie Chronis Bickett
Valerie Chronis Bickett is a lifelong poet and teacher of writing in the Cincinnati area. She has taught at the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and College of Mt. St. Joseph. From 1996-2006 she taught at Women Writing for (a) Change and since 2008 has been teaching writing classes on her own. In 2007 she was awarded an Independent Artist’s Grant from the City of Cincinnati, which allowed her to publish her first book of poetry, Triandafilo. She lives in Northside with her family.
Norman Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1954. He received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He is a Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has lived since 1980. He is the author of eight books of poetry and five books of literary criticism, and has written extensively about modern poetry and Jewish literature.
Richard Hague, originally from Steubenville, Ohio, teaches writing and literature at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati where he has worked continuously since 1969, and leads adult creativity and criticism workshops. He is a graduate of Xavier University and has studied at Oxford. Hague is the recipient of several poetry and literary awards and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. His eight books include Ripening (Ohio State University Press), Lives of The Poem (Wind Publications), and Burst: Poems Quickly (Dos Madres Press, 2004). Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories from a Life (Bottom Dog Press) was nominated for a National Book Award.
Pauletta Hansel is a writer, editor, teacher and author of four poetry collections, most recently What I Did There (Dos Madres Press, 2011); and The Lives We Live in Houses (Wind Publications, 2011). Pauletta’s work has been featured in numerous journals. In addition to leading community writing workshops, Pauletta founded and facilitates Practice of Poetry workshops and retreats at Grailville Retreat and Program Center and will be Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence for the 2012/2013 academic year. Current co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Michael Henson is author of the poetry collections Crow Call, The Tao of Longing and the Body Geographic, and The Dead Singing, as well as the novel Ransack and the story collection A Small Room With Trouble on My Mind. His novella, Tommy Perdue, is scheduled for publication in 2012 through MotesBooks. He is co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary magazine of the Southern Appalachian Writers Co-operative. He plays mandolin and guitar for the Old Coney Bluegrass Band and provided the musical accompaniment for Richard Hague’s performance piece, Where Drunk Men Go.
Jeffrey Hillard is the author of three books of poetry. He has received several awards including two Individual Artist grants from the Ohio Arts Council, and an Individual Artist grant from the city of Cincinnati. He is a former editor of Cincinnati Poetry Review and a co-founder of Cincinnati Writers’ Project. Hillard is professor of English at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Since 2001, he has taught at or mentored in nine prisons from Pennsylvania to California. He is currently editor and publisher of the online magazine, RED! the breakthrough ‘zine.
Bucky Ignatius, a lifelong poet, has served as president of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League since 2007, making a serious and joyful commitment to the growth and development of poetry in the Cincinnati community. As moderator of the GCWL’s monthly critiques by professional poets and teachers, Bucky has had a front row seat for these master classes in crafting and revising poems, allowing a steady refinement in his own writing. With broadening understanding of the techniques and subtleties that make poetry into fine art, Bucky has become a passionate mentor and supporter for other writers wishing to develop their poetic voice.
Rhonda Pettit is a poet, scholar, and professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, where she teaches creative writing and literature, and co-edits The Blue Ash Review. Her poem “1963” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Best Social Issue Poem by The Single Hound in November 2011. Her poetic drama about sex slavery, The Global Lovers, was a Critic’s Pick in the 2010 Cincinnati Fringe festival, and a poem from that play, “Enfant Terrible,” was included in the human rights poetry anthology, I Go to the Ruined Place, published by Lost Horse Press. Other poems have appeared in literary journals across the U.S. She has received grants for her writing from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Kelly Moffett teaches at Northern Kentucky University. Her poetry has appeared nationally in journals such as Colorado Review, Laurel Review, Rattle, and Cincinnati Review and internationally in journals such as Envoi, New Writing, and Versal. Her books include Waiting for a Warm Body to Fill It (Cinnamon Press, 2008), When the God of Water enters your Basement, Bow (Salmon Poetry, 2013), and Ghost Act (Dancing Girl Press, 2013).
Robert Murphy’s poems have appeared in the literary periodical Smartish-Pace, as well as the Colorado Review, the Notre Dame Review, The Cultural Society, and the Chicago based journal LVNG. He is the author of a chapbook, Not For You Alone (Dos Madres Press, 2004). He is a 2000 winner of the William Bronk Foundation prize for poetry. Robert Murphy is also executive director of Cincinnati based Dos Madres Press. He is married to iconographer and painter Elizabeth Hughes Murphy, who is both book designer and illustrator for Dos Madres Press. Robert is a former president of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League.
David Schloss was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY; studied at Columbia; USC (Special Student in Cinema); Brooklyn College (City University of New York) English Literature, BA 1965; University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Poetry MFA 1967. He taught Poetry at University of Cincinnati 1968-74; Miami University 1974–present: Professor of English teaching poetry, literature, and film. He will semi-retire June 2011, and teach half time through 2014. He writes monthly film criticism for AEQAI.com. His published poetry includes: The Beloved (Ashland Poetry Press), Legends (chapbook, Windmill Press), Sex Lives of the Poor and Obscure (Carnegie Mellon University Press), Greatest Hits (Pudding Press), Behind the Eyes (Dos Madres Press), Group Portrait from Hell, (Carnegie Mellon University Press).
Claudia Skutar is an assistant professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches literature and composition at the university’s Blue Ash College. As a scholar, Dr. Skutar studies and writes about the work of contemporary American poet Mary Oliver and her roots in the Romantic tradition. Dr. Skutar also writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her themes encompass the natural landscape—and the Michigan landscape, in particular—as a backdrop to describe ideas about the predator/prey relationship, suffering, and loss among both animals and humans. She’s taught creative writing and poetry workshops to university students in Michigan and Ohio and to community members in the Cincinnati area. She’s also been a guest poet at Michigan State University, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, and Wright State University.
Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of three books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008) and The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009). A prose eulogy is forthcoming from Hooke Press in 2011. He has completed a manuscript of poetry commissioned by Atelos Books. Further information about his work is available on his website.