On the Poets

Meg Eden's work is published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (Rare Bird Books, 2017), and the forthcoming poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.

Matthew Landrum lives in Detroit, where he teaches at a school for people with autism. His work has recently appeared in Agni, Michigan Quarterly Review, Harpur Palate, and Tishman Review. His book Berlin Poems was published in 2019 by A Midsummernight’s Press.

Marjorie Maddox, winner of America magazine’s 2019 Foley Poetry Prize, Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA), and professor of English and creative writing at Lock Haven University, has published eleven collections of poetry, a short story collection, and over 550 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. In addition, Marjorie is the co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (PSU Press 2005), assistant editor of Presence, and the author of several children’s books.

John Poch is the author of six poetry collections, two of which were published this year: Texases (WordFarm Press) and Between Two Rivers (TTU Press—with photographer Jerod Foster). His work has been published in Poetry, Paris Review, The Nation, Yale Review, and other journals. He teaches at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Richard Schiffman is an environmental journalist, poet, and author of two biographies. In addition to appearing in The Cresset, his poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, New Ohio Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily, and other publications. His first poetry collection, What the Dust Doesn’t Know, was published in 2017 by Salmon Poetry.

Wally Swist’s books include The Map of Eternity (Shanti Arts, 2018), Singing for Nothing: Selected Nonfiction as Literary Memoir (Operating System, 2018), On Beauty: Essays, Reviews, Fiction, and Plays (Adelaide Books, 2018), Candling the Eggs (Shanti Arts, 2017), and  Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012). His poems and prose have appeared in The American Book Review, Appalachia Journal, The Galway Review, North American Review, and Transference.

Judith Valente is an award-winning author, journalist, poet, and essayist. She is the senior correspondent for WGLT Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate in central Illinois. She writes for U.S. Catholic and National Catholic Reporter, and is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She also worked as an on-air correspondent for Chicago Public Radio and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on national PBS-TV.

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