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Debra Bruce‘s latest book of poetry, Survivors’ Picnic, was published in 2012 by Word Press. She is the author of three previous collections, Pure Daughter, Sudden Hunger, and What Wind Will Do, and her work has been published widely in journals, including The Atlantic, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. She has been the recipient of many prizes and awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry magazine, and the Chicago Public Library’s Carl Sandburg Award. Debra is a professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University.
Matthew Olzmann‘s collection of poems, Mezzanines, received the 2011 Kundiman Prize and was published by Alice James Books. He has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from The Kresge Arts Foundation, Kundiman, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming Kenyon Review, New England Review, Hobart, Necessary Fiction, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Hyphen Magazine and elsewhere. He is a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in the undergraduate writing program at Warren Wilson College, and the Co-Editor of The Collagist.