Rebecca Lindenberg’s first book of poems, LOVE: AN INDEX, is forthcoming from McSweeney’s Books in March 2012. Her poetry, essays, and criticism have appeared in POETRY, The Believer, Iowa Review, Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, No Tell Motel, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoys (among other things) a good rye Manhattan, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, new snow, and her growing menagerie of pets.
Neil Shepard has two new books: a full book of poems, (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List Press, 2011), and an offbeat chapbook, Vermont Exit Ramps (Pudding House Press, 2012). His three previous books of poetry are Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (Mid-List Press, 1993), I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List Press, 1998) and This Far from the Source (Mid-List Press, 2006), which was an “Editor’s Choice” at Notre Dame Review and a “Pick of the Month” from Small Press Reviews. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Boulevard, Harvard Review, New American Writing, New England Review, Paris Review and Ploughshares. He founded and directed the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center, and he taught for several decades in the BFA Creative Writing Program at Johnson State College in Vermont until his retirement in 2009. He presently lives in New York City and teaches poetry workshops at The Poets House. Outside of the literary realm, Neil is a founding member of the jazz-poetry group POJAZZ.
Elizabeth Powell’s first book of poems, The Republic of Self, won the New Issues Poetry Prize. Her recent work has appeared in Ploughshares, Missouri Review, Post Road, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others. Her essay “Infidelities” appeared in My Mother Married Your Father, an anthology of essays on step-families, published by WW Norton. She teaches at the University of Vermont, and is poetry editor of Green Mountains Review.