Gerald Early was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1952. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in English and American literature from Cornell in 1982. He is currently Merle King Professor of Modern Letters, and Director of the Center for the Humanities, at Washington University in St. Louis. In 1988, his collections of essays, Tuxedo Junction, was awarded the $25,000 Giles Whiting Writer's Prize. Dr. Early received the 1994 National Book Critic's Circle award, for his book The Culture of Bruising. He served as a consultant on Ken Burns's documentary films on baseball and jazz, which aired on PBS. How the War in the Streets Is Won: Poems on the Quest of Love and Faith is his first book of poems.


Gary Fincke is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing and the Writers' Institute director at Susquehanna University. He has published eighteen books of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, including Blood Ties: Working-Class Poems, in 2001. His collection Writing Letters for the Blind won the 2002 Ohio State University Press book prize for poetry. In 2003, Dr. Fincke won the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Fiction for a new manuscript, entitled Sorry I Worried You.  He has recently had his book manuscript The History of Permanence selected for the Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prize, and that volume will be published in late 2011. Reviving the Dead is his newest book of poetry published by Time Being Books.

Winner of the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry Magazine and the Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore, Dr. Fincke has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize as well as seven fellowships for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Harper's, Newsday, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, American Scholar, and Doubletake. Twice awarded Pushcart Prizes for his work, Dr. Fincke has had his prize-winning essay "The Canals of Mars" reprinted in The Pushcart Essays, an anthology of the best nonfiction printed during the first twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize volumes.

Dr. Fincke also writes a bi-weekly newspaper column that has been reprinted in the Atlanta Constitution, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Sacramento Bee, and dozens of other newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.

Dr. Fincke grew up in a working-class district near Pittsburgh and currently lives in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Elizabeth.

For more information, see www.susqu.edu/writers/fincke.htm.


Charles Fishman created the Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College, in 1979, and also created the Distinguished Speakers Program for the college, in 2001. He was final judge for the 1998 Capricorn Poetry Award, founder and coordinator of the Paumanok Poetry Award competition, and series editor for the Water Mark Poets of North America Book Award, and he has also served as poetry consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC since 1995. He is currently poetry editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators.

Professor Fishman has given more than 400 readings throughout the United States and in Israel, and his poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in more than 350 journals and in such major anthologies as The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy (Iowa University Press, 2006), Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust (Northwestern University Press, 1998), and Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War (Avon, 1985).

His books include In the Path of Lightning: Selected Poems (2012), Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (2007), Chopin's Piano (2006), all from Time Being Books, Country of Memory (Uccelli Press, 2004), and The Death Mazurka (Texas Tech University Press, 1989), an ALA/Choice "Outstanding Book of the Year" that was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Water under Water (2009) and In the Language of Women (2011), both from Casa de Snapdragon, are his two most recent collections.

Among his awards are the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award for Poetry, in 2014; Paterson Awards for Literary Excellence, in 2007, 2010 and 2012; the New Millennium Prize for Poetry, in 2012; the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize of the Southern California Anthology (1996); and the Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America (1987). He completed a Doctor of Arts degree in contemporary American poetry and poetry writing at SUNY Albany in 1982 and received a fellowship in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1995.

Dr Fishman is widely known for his brilliance as a teacher and editor and for his powerful readings. He has appeared with Robert Creeley, Carolyn Forché, David Ignatow, Stanley Kunitz, Alicia Ostriker, Marge Piercy, William Stafford, C. K. Williams, and other writers in the vanguard of American poetry.

For information on Fishman's latest anthology project, click here.


CB Follett was the winner of the 2001 National Poetry Book Award from Salmon Run Press. She has had poems published in Ploughshares, Calyx, Green Fuse, Peregrine, The Cumberland Review, Rain City Review, Ambit, The MacGuffin, Birmingham Poetry Review, Black Bear Review, New Letters Review, Psychological Perspectives, Without Halos, The Iowa Woman, Heaven Bone, Americas Review, and The Taos Review, among others. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and has received honors in competitions, among them the Billee Murray Denny Poetry Award, the New Letters Prize, the Ann Stanford Prize, the Glimmer Train Poetry Contest, and several contests of the Poetry Society of America. Five of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has been nominated three times as a poet. She is the current Poet Laureate of Marin County, California.

Follett's Hold and Release and One Bird Falling were published by Time Being Books, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. In between, she published And Freddie Was My Darling (Many Voices Press, 2008). She is editor and publisher of Arctos Press and was coeditor and publisher of RUNES, A Review of Poetry during its seven-year run.

Follett is also an artist, with artwork in many private collections around the world.


Albert Goldbarth is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award, in 1991, for Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology, and, in 2001, for Saving Lives: Poems. He is the recipient of the Chad Walsh Memorial Award and the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award, for the poetry collection Popular Culture, and his work Jan. 31 was nominated for the National Book Award. He has also published three volumes of essays: A Sympathy of Souls, Great Topics of the World, and Dark Waves and Light Matter. A Lineage of Ragpickers, Songpluckers, Elegiasts & Jewelers: Selected Poems of Jewish Family Life, 1973-1995 was published by Time Being Books, in 1996.