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On the Poets

Matthew Porto is from Long Island, New York. He holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University. His work has most recently appeared in Crosswinds, SWAMP, Strange Horizons, and in the anthology A Packet of Poems for Ezra Pound, published by Clemson University Press. He is currently working on a PhD in creative writing  (poetry) at Texas Tech University.

Rachael Button lives and works with her husband Peter Kraus at Conserve School, an environmentally-focused semester school in the northwoods of Wisconsin. She graduated from Valparaiso University and holds an MFA in creative writing and environment from Iowa State University. Her essays and poems have appeared in The RumpusPainted Bride QuarterlyPank, The Collagist, Creative Nonfiction, Diagram, Redivider, and other journals. 

Tania Runyan is the author of the poetry collections What Will Soon Take Place (Paraclete), Second Sky (Cascade), A Thousand Vessels (WordFarm), Simple Weight (FutureCycle), and Delicious Air (Finishing Line), which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Image, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, Saint Katherine Review, and the book Light upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany (Paraclete). When not writing, Tania plays fiddle and mandolin, drives kids to appointments, and gets lost in her Midwestern garden.

Cameron Alexander Lawrence is a graduate of the University of Arizona and lives in Decatur, Georgia, with his wife and three young daughters. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in West Branch, Forklift, Ohio, Whiskey Island, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Image, Asheville Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Jeff Gundy’s seven books of poems include Abandoned Homeland (Bottom Dog) and Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga), for which he was named Ohio Poet of the Year. His most recent prose book is Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace (Cascadia). His essays and poems appear in The Georgia Review, The Sun, Kenyon Review, Christian Century, Image, Cincinnati Review, Artful Dodge, and other journals. He teaches at Bluffton University and spent a recent sabbatical at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Marjorie Maddox is professor of English and creative writing at Lock Haven University. She has published eleven collections of poetry, including, most recently, True, False, None of the Above (Poeima Poetry Series and Illumination Book Award Medalist); Wives’ Tales (Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series), and Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf & Stock). More than 500 of her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies. Her numerous honors include Cornell University’s Chasen Award, the Paumanok Poetry Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize.

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