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Joyce Peseroff Her fifth book of poems, Know Thyself, was named a “must-read” by the 2016 Massachu- setts Book Awards. She is the author of The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, and Eastern Mountain Time. She edited Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. She has received fellowships from the University of Michi- gan, the NEA, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and won a Pushcart Prize. She has been Manag- ing Editor, Associate Poetry Editor, and Contributing Editor for Ploughshares, and ran the Phone-a-Poem project from a closet at Emerson College for several years while she was associated with the journal. She was Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she directed the MFA Program for its first four years.
John Skoyles Published six books of poems, most recently, Inside Job and Suddenly It’s Evening: Selected Poems. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, The American Poetry Re- view, and The Atlantic, among others. He is also the author of two books of nonfiction: Generous Strang- ers, a collection of personal essays, and a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education. 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. He has taught at Southern Methodist University, Sarah Lawrence Col- lege, 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 Plough- shares. His autobiographical novel, A Moveable Famine: A Life in Poetry, was published in 2014. Quale Press will publish The Nut File, a fiction/nonfiction hybrid, in 2017.
Richard Gilbert Author of Shepherd: A Memoir, about the decade he and his family operated a sheep farm in the remote hill country of Appalachian Ohio. Formerly marketing manager of Ohio Uni- versity Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books; in prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana. He teaches writing at Otterbein University.
Jo Ely Graduate of Oxford University with a degree in English; author of Festivals and Art for Everyone published by Collins and Longman; reviewer for The Empathy Library founded by writer and cultural historian Roman Krznaric, and curated by poet Sophia Blackwell; shortlisted for the Fish Interna- tional Short Story competition. Her first novel, Stone Seeds, was published by Urbane Publications.
David Hamilton Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Iowa, where he taught for nearly forty years. He is the author of Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm (University of Missouri Press, prose), The Least Hinge (Frith Press, poems), Ossabaw (Salt Publications, poems), and numerous uncol- lected essays, and former editor of The Iowa Review and director of Iowa’s MFA Program in Nonfiction.

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