Kim Addonizio | website

Books: Kim Addonizio is the author of three books of poetry from BOA Editions: The Philosopher's Club, Jimmy & Rita, and Tell Me, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her latest collection, What is This Thing Called Love, was published by W.W. Norton in January 2004. A book of stories, In the Box Called Pleasure, was published by Fiction Collective 2. She is also co-author, with Dorianne Laux, of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton). With Cheryl Dumesnil, she co-edited Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos(Warner Books). Her first novel, Little Beauties, was published by Simon & Schuster in August 2005 and came out in paperback in July 06. Her new novel, My Dreams Out in the Street, was published by Simon & Schuster (July 07). She also has a word/music CD with poet Susan Browne, Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing, available from cdbaby.

Awards: Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal, and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award.

Appearances: Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in anthologies and literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Chick-Lit, Dick for a Day, Gettysburg Review, Paris Review, Penthouse, Poetry, and Threepenny Review. She teaches private workshops in Oakland, CA.

David Baker |

Baker was raised in Missouri and currently resides in Granville, Ohio, where he serves as poetry editor of The Kenyon Review. He teaches at Denison University and in the M.F.A. program for writers at Warren Wilson College.

Books: David Baker is the author of nine books of poems: Never-Ending Birds, (forthcoming 2009, W. W. Norton), Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (2007, Arc Publications, UK), Midwest Eclogue (2005), Changeable Thunder (2001), The Truth about Small Towns (1998), After the Reunion (1994), Sweet Home, Saturday Night (1991), Haunts (1985), and Laws of the Land (1981). A volume of his selected poems is being published in 2009 in Romania, in translation by C. Tanasescu, entitled Omul Alchimic (Alchemical Man). Baker's three books of criticism are Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (2007), Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (2000) and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996).

Awards: Among his awards are fellowships and prizes from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, and the Pushcart Foundation.

Appearances: His poems and essays appear in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, and many others.

Roger Bonair-Agard | website

Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and a Cave Canem fellow. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Books: He is the author of two collections of poetry, Tarnish and Masquerade (Cypher Books 2006) and GULLY (Cypher Books 2009).

Awards: Artistic Director and co-founder of the louderARTS Project, Roger is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion.

Appearances: He is poet in residence with VisionIntoArt, an inter-disciplinary arts ensemble. Roger has been featured at major music and literary festivals, and universities throughout the world. He has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and the Mac-Neil/Lehrer NewsHour.

Katie Chaple | website

Katie Chaple is editor of Terminus Magazine and teaches writing at the University of West Georgia.

Awards: Katie recently won Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for poetry.

Appearances: Her poems have recently appeared in such journals as 32 Poems, Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, and others.

Travis Denton | website

Travis Wayne Denton is the Associate Director of Poetry at Tech. The pushcart prize nominated poet is also editor of the literary arts publication Terminus Magazine, as well as a contributing editor for The Chattahoochee Review.

Appearances: His poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals.

Robert Fanning | website

Robert Fanning is a professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University

Books: Robert Fanning is the author of American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006) and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award 2003).

Awards: Fanning's writing awards include a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Inkwell Poetry Award, and the Foley Poetry Award.

Appearances: His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, The Hawaii Review, and other journals.

Barbara Hamby | website

She is married to David Kirby, and they teach in the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Books: Her first book, Delirium, won the 1994 Vassar Miller Prize and two prizes for the best first book of poems published in 1995, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second book of poems, The Alphabet of Desire, won the 1998 New York University Prize for Poetry and was published by NYU Press in May 1999. The New York Public Library chose The Alphabet of Desire as one of the 25 best books of 1999. Her third book of poems, Babel, was chosen by Stephen Dunn to win the 2003 Associated Writing Programs Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was also published by Pittsburgh. Barbara Hamby's fourth book of poems is All-Night Lingo Tango (Pittsburgh, 2009).

Awards: She received a fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1996. She has also received three fellowships from the Florida Arts Council.

Appearances: Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, Five Points, The Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Best American Poetry 2000 and 2009, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2001.

Karen Head | website

As a scholar of contemporary American poetry, she has begun to explore the connections between traditional text-based poetry and digitally-enhanced poetry, an exploration that involves her in a number of creative projects being conducted in the Wesley Center for New Media at Georgia Tech. Head is the Graduate Communication Coordinator and Special Advisor to the Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Tech. Additionally she serves on the Poetry Atlanta Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting poets and promoting poetry in the Atlanta area. She founded and is developing The Peachtree Review as a venue for both traditional and digital poetry.

Books: Karen Head is the author of Sassing (WordTech Press, forthcoming 2009), My ParisYear (All Nations Press, 2009) and Shadow Boxes (Nations Press, 2003).

Awards: My Paris Year won the All Nations Press 2008 Excellence in Poetry Award.

Appearances: Her poetry appears, or is forthcoming, in a number of national and international journals and anthologies, and she has been invited to present her work in the U.S. and Europe. Her first digital poetry project, Poetic Rub, was featured at the E-Poetry 2007 festival in Paris.

Andrew Hudgins |

Andrew Hudgins joined the faculty of Ohio State University in 2001 as a professor of English. He is currently Humanities Distinguished Professor in English. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Hudgins taught at the University of Cincinnati from 1985 to 2000, and in 1999 was named Distinguished Research Professor. In 1996, he served as the Coal Royalty Professor of English at the University of Alabama. In 1999 and 2000 he was a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He has also taught at the Sewanee Writers`Conference, the Ropewalk Writers`Conference, the West Chester Writers`Conference, and the Indiana Writers`Conference. Hudgins received an A.B. in English and history from Huntingdon College in 1969, an M.A. in English from the University of Alabama in 1976, and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1983.

Books: Andrew Hudgins has published five books of poetry with Houghton Mifflin: Babylon in a Jar (1998), The Glass Hammer (1995), The Never-Ending (1991), After the Lost War (1988), and Saints and Strangers (1985). Ecstatic in the Poison was published by The Overlook Press/Sewanee Writers` Series in 2003. He`s also the author of a collection of literary essays, The "Glass Anvil", which was published by the University of Michigan Press in 1997.

Awards: Saints and Strangers was one of three finalists for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. After the Lost War received the Poets`Prize in 1989, and The Never-Ending was one of five finalists for the National Book Award in 1991. Hudgins was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2004, as well as a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University (1983-84) and the Alfred C. Hodder fellow at Princeton University (1989-90), and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1986, 1992) and the Ingram Merrill Foundation (1987). In 1997, he received both the Frederick Bock Prize for Poetry and the Ohioiana Poetry Award for lifetime contribution to poetry in Ohio. He was awarded the Hanes Prize for poetry from The Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1995, and in 1988 he received the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Appearances: His poems have appeared in many literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New England Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, and The Southern Review. His literary and personal essays have appeared in The American Scholar, The Chicago Review, The Hudson Review, The Missouri Review, The New England Review, The Southern Review, The South Atlantic Quarterly, The Washington Post Magazine, and other journals.

Robert Ivey |

Robert Perry Ivey is from Macon, Georgia and has recently moved back from Tarrytown, New York where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Appearances: Perry feels honored to be reading in the Poetry at Tech reading series where he attended his first large poetry reading hosted by Tom Lux and Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Stephen Dobyns, and Billy Collins nine years ago. Perry's poems can be found in Lumina, The GSU Review, At-Large Magazine, and The Live Oak Review.

Mark Jarman | website

Mark Jarman is Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 1974) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A., 1976).

Books: Jarman is the author of nine books of poetry: North Sea (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1978), The Rote Walker (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1981), Far and Away (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1985), The Black Riviera (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), Iris (Story Line Press, 1992), Questions for Ecclesiastes (Story Line Press, 1997), Unholy Sonnets (Story Line Press, 2000), To the Green Man, (Sarabande Books, 2004), and Epistles (Sarabande Books, 2007). With David Mason, he has edited Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism (Story Line Press, 1996).

Awards: Jarman's awards include a Joseph Henry Jackson Award for his poetry in 1974, three NEA grants in poetry in 1977, 1983, and 1992, and a fellowship in poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 1991-1992. His book The Black Riviera won the 1991 Poets' Prize. Questions for Ecclesiastes was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine.

Appearances: His poetry and essays have been published widely in such periodicals and journals as The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hudson Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Southern Review. During the 1980's he and Robert McDowell founded, edited, and published the controversial magazine The Reaper. The Reaper Essays, published by Story Line Press in 1996, collects the essays they wrote together for The Reaper. Two collections of Jarman's own essays have been published: "The Secret of Poetry from Story Line Press" in 2001 and "Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry" from the University of Michigan's Poets on Poetry series in 2002.

Allison Joseph |

Allison Joseph is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she serves as editor for Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer conference for high school-aged writers.

Books: Allison Joseph is the author of five full-length collections of poetry, What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003), and Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Her sixth collection, My Father's Kites, will be published in 2010 by Steel Toe Books.

Awards: What Keeps Us Here was the winner of Ampersand Press' 1992 Women Poets Series Competition. It also received the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares and Emerson College in Boston. In addition, she was awarded Illinois Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry in 1996 and 2007 and a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council in 1997.

Ilya Kaminsky | website

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union, now Ukraine, in 1977, to Jewish parents who had prospered against long odds: His paternal grandfather had been killed by Stalin, his grandmother sent to Siberia, and his father stolen from an orphanage and raised by an uncle. Kaminsky lost his homeland at age 16, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when rampant crime, inflation and anti-Semitism forced the family to seek political asylum in the United States. They arrived in Rochester, New York in 1993, not speaking a word of English. Six years later, Ilya was a Georgetown University graduate and the youngest writer-in-residence ever appointed at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

Books: Kaminsky is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004).

Awards: Dancing in Odessa won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Walt Whitman Award, and the Yale Younger Poets Series. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine. Kaminsky is a recipient of the 2005 Whiting Writer's Award, given to emerging writers with one published book. In 2001 Kaminsky was awarded the Ruth Lilly Fellowship by Poetry magazine. He has also received the Florence Kahn Memorial Award, the Milton Center's Award for Excellence in Poetry, and the Southeast Review's first annual chapbook award for Musica Humana.

Appearances: His poems have appeared in the New Republic, American Literary Review, Salmagundi, Southwest Review, Tikkun, Southeast Review, and numerous other publications.

Taylor Mali | website

Taylor Mali is a teacher and voiceover artist. He lives and writes in New York City.

Books: Mali is the author of What Learning Leaves and several spoken word CDs and DVDs.

Awards: He is a four-time national champion of the national poetry slam.

Appearances: A classically trained Shakespearian actor, Mali was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.

Marty McConnell |

Marty McConnell received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a director of the louderARTS Project, a New York City-based literary nonprofit. She performs and facilitates workshops at schools and festivals around the country, including the Dodge Poetry Festival, Connecticut Poetry Festival, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Cornell University, the University of Utah, James Madison University, University of Connecticut, University of Arkansas, DePaul University, and more.

Awards: Her poem "Marrying the Violence" was selected as one of twenty poems to comprise the 2007 "Best of the Net" Anthology.

Appearances: She appeared on the second and fifth seasons of HBO`s Def Poetry Jam, is one-fourth of the all-female performance poetry troupe The Piper Jane Project, and has represented New York City on six National Poetry Slam teams. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies including Women of the Bowery, Word Warriors, Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, Bullets and Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry, Will Work for Peace, In Our Own Words: Poetry of Generation X, Fucking Daphne and the forthcoming Women.Period (Spinster`s Ink) and Appleseeds (Sacred Fools Press) anthologies, as well as journals including Rattle, Rattapallax, Fourteen Hills, Boxcar Poetry Review, Thirteenth Moon, 2River View, Lodestar Quarterly, and Blue Fifth Review.

Bruce McEver | website

Bruce McEver earned a BIE from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bruce McEver wants all Georgia Tech students to experience the broader aspects of the liberal arts, including poetry, literature, and travel, so they will understand the context and impact of the technical expertise they are gaining, and he endowed the McEver Chair so that the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture of the Ivan Allen College can bring a top writer to campus each year.

Ed Pavlic | website

For years he traveled the country working as an itinerant construction laborer; he was the founding managing editor of The Madison Times, Madison Wisconsin`s weekly newspaper devoted to the black community. He has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, St. John`s College (York, UK), and Union College as well as in poetry workshops at the Bread Loaf Writer`s Conference, the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Kwani Literary Festival in Kenya. He now lives in Athens, Georgia where he directs the MFA / PhD Program in Creative Writing and teaches at the University of Georgia.

Books: Ed Pavlic`s next book is a prose-poetic photo essay set on a dhow amid the islands off the coast of Kenya, [but here are small clear refractions] (Kwani Books, Nairobi, 2008). His other books of poems are Winners Have Yet to be Announced:A Song for Donny Hathaway, an epic poem about the life and music of soul singer Donny Hathaway (UGA Press, 2008), Labors Lost Left Unfinished (UPNE, 2006) which was short listed for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue which won The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Award in 2001. He`s also author of the critical study of African-American modernism, "Crossroads Modernism" (University of Minnesota Press, 2002).

Awards: His awards include the Darwin Turner Memorial Prize from the African American Review, the American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize, and the Meralmikjen Fellowship in Poetry from the Breadloaf Writers` Conference.

Kevin Pilkington |

Kevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and teaches a workshop in the graduate department at Manhattanville College.

Books: He is the author of six collections. His collection entitled Ready to Eat the Sky was published by River City Publishing as part of their new poetry series. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies including Birthday Poems: A Celebration, Western Wind, and Contemporary Poetry of New England.

Awards: His collection Spare Change was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner and his chapbook won the Ledge Poetry Prize. Over the years, he has been nominated for four Pushcarts and has appeared in Verse Daily. Ready to Eat the Sky was a finalist for an Independent Publishers Books Award.

Appearances: His poems and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines including: Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden's Ferry, Columbia, Greensboro Review, North American Review, Gulf Coast, Valparaiso Review.

Khadijah Queen | website

Khadijah Queen was born near Detroit and raised in Southern California. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.Currently, she is completing a second book of poetry and collaborating on a libretto incorporating video, music, dance and performance art. She is a graduate fellow in art studio with a focus on performance and installation at University of South Florida.

Books: Her debut poetry collection, Conduit, was published in 2008 under the Black Goat imprint at Akashic Books.

Awards: Queen is a Cave Canem Fellow and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

Appearances: Individual poems appear in numerous journals and anthologies including PMS: Poemmemoirstory, The Drunken Boat, /nor and Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks from Vietnam to Iraq (Kore Press 2008). A chapbook, No Isla Encanta (2007), is available from dancing girl press. Khadijah has performed and exhibited internationally and curates an annual multi-genre reading series, Courting Risk, at Macaulay Honors College in New York City.

Chelsea Rathburn | website

A native of Miami, Florida, she holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas and lives in Decatur.

Books: Chelsea Rathburn's first full-length collection of poetry, The Shifting Line, was published by the University of Evansville Press. She is also author of a poetry chapbook, Unused Lines, published by Aralia Press in 2003.

Awards: The Shifting Line received the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award.

Appearances: Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, the Cincinnati Review, and Barrow Street, among other journals and anthologies.

John Skoyles | website

John has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and Warren Wilson College, where he directed the MFA program. He is currently Professor in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department of Emerson College and the poetry editor of Ploughshares.

Books: John Skoyles has published four books of poems: A Little Faith, Permanent Change, Definition of the Soul, and most recently, The Situation. He is also the author of two books of prose: Generous Strangers, a collection of personal essays, several of which were broadcast on public radio; and a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education.

Awards: His awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils.

Appearances: His work has appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Harvard Review, Slate, Yale Review and The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002, among others.

David St. John |

He has taught creative writing at Oberlin College and The Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he served as Director of The Ph. D. Program in Literature and Creative Writing.

Books: David St. John is the author of nine collections of poetry (including Study for the World`s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry), most recently The Face: A Novella in Verse, as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled "Where the Angels Come Toward Us". He is presently completing a new volume of poems entitled "The Auroras".

Awards: David St. John has been honored, over the course of his career, with many of the most significant prizes for poets, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, both the Rome Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Prize (a career award for teaching and poetic achievement) from The Folger Shakespeare Library, and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

Appearances: His work has been published in countless literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harper's, Antaeus, and The New Republic, and has been widely anthologized.

Bruce Weigl |

Bruce Weigl enlisted in the United States Army shortly after his 18th birthday and spent three years in the service. He served in the Vietnam War from December 1967 to December 1968 and received the Bronze Star. Many of Weigl's poems are inspired by the time he spent in the U.S. Army and Vietnam. In The Circle of Hanh, Weigl writes, "The war took away my life and gave me poetry in return...the fate the world has given me is to struggle to write powerfully enough to draw others into the horror." In addition to writing his own poetry, Weigl worked with Thanh T. Nguyen of the Joiner Research Center to translate poems of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers captured during war. Weigl and Nguten accepted an invitation from the Vietnamese Writers Association and traveled to Hanoi to receive assistance in translating the poems. Weigl is a distinguished professor at Lorain County Community College. Weigl additionally served as the president of the Associated Writing Programs.

Books: Weigl's first full-length collection of poems, A Romance, was published in 1979. During the 1980s, Weigl published two more poetry collections, The Monkey Wars and Song of Napalm. In 1999, he published two more poetry collections, Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems and After the Others. He also published a memoir that year titled The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir. His most recent book is Declension in the Village of Chung Loung.

Awards: Weigl received a prize from the American Academy of Poets in 1979. He received two Pushcart Prizes, a Patterson Poetry Prize, and a Yaddo Foundation Fellowship. Weigl was awarded the Bread Loaf Fellowship in Poetry in 1981 and was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 for Arts and Creative Writing. He was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Song of Napalm, and in 2006 he was awarded the Lannan Literaruy Prize in Poetry.

Appearances: His poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and many other anthologies.

Gypsee Yo | website

Jonida Beqo a.k.a. Gypsee Yo is a native of Tirana, Albania, currently residing in Atlanta. She received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where she founded Lighthouse Productions, an independent theatre company dedicated to original works that educate about and empower communities in crisis. As Gypsee Yo , she performs internationally as a spoken word artist, and has competed in slams worldwide, including National Poetry Slam 2006 and 2007, Individual World Poetry Slam 2006, and the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam 2008. Jonida is a devoted wife, a doting mother, and a passionate teacher.

Books: Jonida is the author of three poetry collections in her native tongue and of four audio CD collections in English, including "Kitchensinkdrama", and "Firstborn Daughters".

Awards: In 2003 the American College Theatre Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Arts recognized Jonida`s one-woman show "The Women I Know" with the Dell Arte Diversity Award.

Appearances: She has been published in magazines and anthologies such as Mehr Licht!, Java Monkey Speaks Anthology, Her Circle Ezine, Estrology, as well as in a series of periodicals in Albanian.

Kevin Young | website

Born in 1970, Kevin Young is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, one who finds meaning and inspiration in African American music, particularly the blues, and in the bittersweet history of Black America. Lucille Clifton says of Young, "[His] gift of storytelling and understanding of the music inherent in the oral tradition of language re-creates for us an inner history which is compelling and authentic and American." He is currently a Professor of Poetry at Emory University.

Books: His newest book For the Confederate Dead, published in January 2007. His earlier collection, Black Maria: Poems Produced and Directed by Kevin Young is a "film noir in verse," a playful homage to the language and imagery of Hollywood detective films. The title, Black Maria, is vintage street slang for "police van" and "hearse," as well as the name of Thomas Edison's first film studio. The poems follow the adventures of two characters, the private eye A. K. A. Jones, and the femme fatale Delilah Redbone, through "a maze of aliases and ambushes, sex and suspicions, fast talk and hard luck."

Awards: Young was a 1993 National Poetry Series winner for the Most Way Home, a volume of meditations on racism, slavery, poverty, and the meaning of "home" in the collective memory of African Americans. Most Way Home also received the John C. Zacharis First Book Award of Ploughshares magazine. Other collections include To Repel Ghosts: Five Sides in B Minor (2001), a poetic tribute to painter and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets; and Jelly Roll: A Blues (2003), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His awards include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

Appearances: Young's poetry and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Callaloo.