Mark Doty's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven's Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011.
Doty’s poems have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The New Yorker. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections.
Doty's work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Two new books are forthcoming, both from W.W. Norton: What Is the Grass, a prose meditation on Walt Whitman and the ecstatic, and Deep Lane, a new volume of poems.
In her last conversation with her dying mother, Mary Brancaccio discussed the work women do. Her mother Deanna regretted that so much of her life involved housework, which distracted her from her painting. Her final plea to Mary was to "create, just create. Nothing else matters." Much of Mary's poetry concerns this terrible tension between devotion to motherhood and to art. She understands that many people struggle to balance demands of partners, children, parents and work, while keeping alive the fires of creativity.
Mary's work has appeared in Edison Literary Review, Minerva Rising, Naguatuck River Review, Adanna and other journals and anthologies. Brancaccio currently teaches in the MAT program at Drew after teaching English for years at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. She has lived around the U.S. and Europe and also worked for years as a journalist.
Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D. is the Chairperson of the Art and the Music Programs, Director of the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery and a tenured Professor of Art History at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. She received her B.A. in Renaissance Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, her M.A. in History of Art at Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York.
She has curated art exhibitions for more than thirty-five years for museums and galleries such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery and other institutions around the country. In Summer 2014, she will open her twentieth-sixth major exhibition, Compiled and Composed in the Maloney Art Gallery. She has been awarded two NEA grants for multi-disciplinary programs, "The Phrase in Art" and "When Art and Science Collaborate", associated respectively with two Maloney Art Gallery exhibitions, Visual Phrasing (2011) and The Abstract Universe: Microcosm/Macrocosm (2012).
In May 2010, Dr. Butera was named Arts Advocate of the Year by the Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, NJ. She has published and lectured widely during her career with recent articles in Ragazine, an online cultural magazine. Her 2014 lectures have included topics such as "The Business of Art" and "Collecting Art in the 21st Century."
Roberto Carlos Garcia, MFA, has published works include the chapbook amores gitano (gypsy loves) Cervena Barva Press 2013. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, 5 AM Magazine, HTMLGiant, Connotation Press - An Online Artifact, Poets/Artists, and others.
Roberto is writing poetry and a novel. He is an adjunct professor of writing. His website is www.robertocarlosgarcia.tumblr.com.
Peter Kirn was born in New Jersey. He currently works on a farm in Maine. You can find his work in The Normal School and OVS.
Peter earned a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Colby College and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University.
Lynne McEniry, MFA: poet, presenter, mentor, editor, has poems and reviews published or forthcoming in 5 AM, Adanna, The Stillwater Review, Paterson Literary Review, The Lake Rises Anthology, and others. She won Honorable Mention for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and her poem, "My Son, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Me" was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.
McEniry curates readings and workshops, including those in conversation with visual arts She is an assistant editor for Organs of Vision and Speech (ovsmag.com) and a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal for which she edited special issues: "Hurricane Sandy: Students Speak Out," "How Women Grieve," and most recently, "Women and Food."
McEniry earned her an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.
Yesenia Montilla, MFA is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots. Her poetry has appeared in the chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals: 5 AM, OVS, Adanna and most recently Wide Shore Literary Journal.
Montilla's manuscript The Pink Box was a first book award semifinalist with Crab Orchard, Trio House Press, and Alice James Books. Her poem "Notorious" was nominated for a pushcart ward in 2012. Most recently, Yesenia was named a 2014 CantoMundo fellow.
Rocco Scary is an artist, sculptor and paper maker whose work explores the concept of 'place' as a reservoir for memory. Currently based in North Caldwell, N.J., his Artist Books have been represented in such venues as The Center for Book Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Grolier Club in New York City, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Rutgers University Book Arts Symposium, The Trenton City Museum in NJ, The Yale University Library in New Haven, CT and The 2013 International Book Arts Biennial.
Scary is a recipient of a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant. He has a BFA in sculpture from Montclair State University and an MFA in Studio Art from Vermont College of Fine Art. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. where he teaches courses such as "Sculpture" and "Creating Art in the 21st Century."
Upcoming solo shows are scheduled for The 2nd Story Gallery, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. and Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.
Jane Seitel is an Expressive Art Therapist (Lesley University) and received her MFA in Poetry from Drew University in 2011. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Midstream, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Lilith Magazine, Split This Rock and others.
Seitel is the 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Newberger Prize, and a 2013 semi-finalist for The Florida Review Editor's Prize. In January 2014, she started the Doctor of Letters program at Drew University. She is the co-founder of Quillsedge Press.
Lisa Sisler's poetry has been described by poet Brian Henry as, "urgent, skillful, and necessary. [Lisa's] poems are fiery, command your attention, and, for however disturbing or painful or difficult her poems can be, they often seek and ultimately achieve a sort of cathartic alchemy that we can find only in poetry." Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Contemporary American Voices, Connotation Press, and Adanna.
Sisler is the author of Creative Writing Workshop, a forthcoming text book published by Cognella Academic Publishing in September of 2014 and the editor of Knocking at the Door: Approaching the Other, a poetry anthology published by Birch Bench Press, an imprint of Write Bloody Books in April 2011. She is also an associate editor of OVSmagazine, a poetry and art journal.
Sisler teaches Writing and Literature at Kean University in New Jersey where she resides with her husband and their cat army.
Raúl Villarreal received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from New Jersey City University in 2005. Since then, he has taught as an adjunct professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Jersey City University, Seton Hall University, County College of Morris and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at College of Saint Elizabeth.
Over the past 25 years, Villarreal has exhibited his art in 20 one-person exhibitions and over 300 group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Spain and China.
Villarreal's book, Hemingway's Cuban Son, based on his father René's memoirs of his friendship with the famous American author, was published by The Kent State University Press in March 2009.
Christine Redman-Waldeyer is a poet and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey. She has published three poetry collections, "Frame by Frame", "Gravel", and "Eve Asks" (all with Muse-Pie Press) and has appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, Verse Wisconsin, and others.
Redman-Waldeyer founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women's topics. http://adannajournal.blogspot.com
Laura Winters, Ph.D. is professor of English at College of Saint Elizabeth, where she has taught literature, writing, and film for 32 years. For 20 years, she has been teaching in the graduate school at Drew University, where she was named Professor of the Year at the 2012 Commencement ceremony.
Winters has recently used poetry as prompts for bearing witness and paying tribute in writing workshops for bereavement groups for families of firefighters lost in the line of duty, families of suicides, and families who lost loved ones on 9/11.
A Cather Scholar, Winters is the author of Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile and is the editor of the Willa Cather Series of FDU Press.