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Ann M. Thompson

Ann M. Thompson is a poet-writer based in Washington, DC. Her work (including poetry, short fiction, vignettes, creative nonfiction, collaborative video-poems, and photography) has been published in more than twenty literary journals. She has been honored with final, longlist, or shortlist rankings in ten literary contests since 2014. After a thirty-year career as a technical writer-editor in global health and education, Thompson today works as a freelance writer-editor and runs her own holistic healing practice, Whole Soul Healing Arts.


Nicole Caruso Garcia

Nicole Caruso Garcia is associate poetry editor at Able Muse and a board member at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is a past winner of the Willow Review Award. “Burden Blues” is from her collection Oxblood, forthcoming from Able Muse Press in 2022, a recent finalist for the Able Muse Book Award and Richard Wilbur Award, and a semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and Philip Levine Prize for Poetry.


Leo Aylen

Born in KwaZulu, South Africa, Leo Aylen is the author of nine collections, the latest The Day the Grass Came (“A triumph,” Melvyn Bragg; “Stupendous,” Simon Callow). Winner of five international prizes (Arvon twice, Peterloo twice, and Bridport), he has about a hundred poems published in anthologies (many for children) and a hundred broadcast.


Steven Withrow

Steven Withrow is a newspaper editor, journalist, teacher, and poet from Falmouth, Massachusetts. His poems for children and adults have appeared in journals, anthologies, and textbooks worldwide, including books from National Geographic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little Brown, and Bloomsbury UK. He studied writing, literature, and publishing at Roger Williams University and Emerson College and has worked with J. Patrick Lewis, former US Children’s Poet Laureate, and Rhina P. Espaillat as mentors.


Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, PhD, is a professor, poet, and writer at Fordham University in New York City and serves as associate director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include two chapbooks and seven collections of poems, most recently, Andalusian Hours (2020), a collection of 101 poems that channel the voice of Flannery O’Connor, and Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Pandemic Pilgrimage (2021).


Dan Campion

Dan Campion’s poems have appeared previously in Able Muse, Light, Poetry, Rolling Stone, THINK, and other journals. He is the author of Peter De Vries and Surrealism (Bucknell University Press, 1995) and coeditor of the three editions of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Holy Cow! Press, 1981, 1998, 2019). A selection of his poems titled The Mirror Test will be published by MadHat Press in 2022. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.



Liz Ahl

Liz Ahl is the author of Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books, 2017) and several chapbooks. Individual poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, the Formalist, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Lavender Review, and Mezzo Cammin, as well as in other literary journals and anthologies. She lives in Holderness, New Hampshire.



Mary Romero

Mary Romero’s poems have appeared in Measure, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Mezzo Cammin, among others, and her chapbook Philoxenia won the Luci Shaw prize. Her first full-length collection, Loom, explores the voice of Penelope along with other women in The Odyssey and will appear in 2022 through Finishing Line Press. Mary especially loves to read poems aloud and recently had a blast reading her work on the NPR radio show Dante’s Old South.


Toni Treadway

Toni Treadway delighted in the discovery of lively formalist poets in the region north of Boston where Rhina Espaillat invited her to sit in on the Powow River Poets workshop in Newburyport almost two decades ago. Her first book was published by Kelsay Books in 2018 and its title poem, “Late Harvest,” was a runner up for the 2019 Robert Frost Prize. Five of her poems appear in the Powow River Poets Anthology II (Able Muse Press, 2020).


Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and more than thirty poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Just Another Day in Just Our Town: Poems New and Selected, 2000-2016 (Orchises Press, 2017). His most recent chapbook is A Man Rode into Town (FootHills Publishing, 2018). He taught English and American Literature and Creative Writing and directed the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College from 1973 until his retirement in 2014, and is now Emeritus Professor of English.


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