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Judith Valente is an on air correspondent for national PBS-TV, Chicago Public Radio and NPR. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Inventing an Alphabet, selected by Mary Oliver for the 2004 Aldrich Poetry Prize. She is the winner of an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Award and the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Prize. Valente is co-editor with her husband Charles Reynard, of “Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul,” an anthology of poems and reflections on finding the sacred in the everyday. The book won an Eric Hoffer Book Award citation last year. Her first full-length collection, Discovering Moons, is just out from Virtual Artists Collective/Chicago.
Albert DeGenova is the author of two collections of poetry, The Blueing Hours and Back Beat (co-authored with Charles Rossiter). His poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies as well. From 1978-1980 he was an editor of the Oyez Review (published by Roosevelt University); in June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. DeGenova is half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro which appears throughout the Midwest and greater Chicago area. DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville. He is a blues saxophonist and one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine.