On the Poets

John Ruff is Associate Professor of English and Director of the First Year Core Program at Valparaiso University. He formerly served as poetry editor for The Cresset.

Susanna Childress’s book of poems, Jagged with Love, won the 2005 Brittingham Prize, and Entering the House of Awe won the 2012 Society of Midland Authors Award. She and musician Josh Banner comprise the band Ordinary Neighbors, whose album The Necessary Dark borrows from her writing.

Lois Marie Harrod’s thirteenth poetry collection, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis, was recently published by Word Tech (2013). She is widely published in literary journals and online magazines. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work at www.loismarieharrod.com.

Brad Davis teaches at Pomfret School in Connecticut. His recent books include the anthology Sunken Garden Poetry, 1992–2011 (Wesleyan, 2012) and a book of poems, Opening King David (Wipf & Stock, 2011). He has taught creative writing at the College of the Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State University.

E. Louise Beach is a poet, critic, translator, and librettist. Recently, composer Gerald P. Coleman, Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church of Washington, DC, arranged “Always Autumn” for baritone and piano. The piece will be performed during a service this fall.

Robert Manaster’s poetry has appeared in First Things, European Judaism, Anglican Theological Review, Image, The Christian Century, and International Poetry Review.

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