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Ted Charnley

Ted Charnley’s verse has appeared in multiple issues of such journals as the Orchards Poetry Journal, the Road Not Taken, THINK, the Lyric, and Passager, and in the recent anthology Extreme Sonnets. His poem “An Invocation of Fragments” received honorable mention for the 2020 Able Muse Write Prize. He lives with his wife in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse they restored in central Maryland. There, he herds woodchucks, practices chain-saw topiary, and leaves offerings for the naiads of the springs.

 

 

Will Toedtman

Will Toedtman lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of The Several World, winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared or will appear in Dappled Things, the Hopkins Review, Literary Matters, and elsewhere.

 

 

Susan McLean

Susan McLean has published two books of poetry: The Best Disguise, which won the Richard Wilbur Award, and The Whetstone Misses the Knife, which won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Her book of translations of Latin poems by Martial, Selected Epigrams, was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Translation Award. She is a professor emerita of English at Southwest Minnesota State University and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

 

Hilary Biehl

Hilary Biehl’s poems have appeared in the Lyric, the Orchards Poetry Journal, Mezzo Cammin, and various other places. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their son.

 

 

Gregory Emilio

Gregory Emilio’s collection Kitchen Apocrypha (includes “Diminishing Sestina”), a 2021 finalist for the Able Muse Book Award, is forthcoming from Able Muse Press in 2022. His poems appear in Best New Poets, Able Muse, Nashville Review, North American Review, [PANK], Permafrost, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other journals. He won Georgia Poetry Society’s 2019 George Herbert Reece Prize and White Oak Kitchen’s 2020 Prize in Southern Poetry, and earned his PhD in English from Georgia State University.

 

Michael Spence

Michael Spence drove public-transit buses in the Seattle area for thirty years, retiring on Valentine’s Day, 2014. He’s very grateful that he was fortunate enough never to have run anyone over. His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Alabama Literary Review, Barrow Street, the Carolina Quarterly, the Chariton Review, the Hudson Review, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Rattle, the Sextant Review, Tar River Poetry, and Terrain.org.

 

Estill Pollock

Estill Pollock’s publications include the book cycles Blackwater Quartet and Relic Environments Trilogy. His latest collection, Entropy, is published by Broadstone Books.

 

 

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.

 

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