Bios

Lee Harlin Bahan

Lee Harlin Bahan is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Migration Solo (Writers’ Center Press of Indianapolis, 1989) and Notes to Sing (Finishing Line Press, 2016), as well as two collections of translations of Petrarch’s sonnets, A Year of Mourning (Able Muse Press, 2017), named a special honoree for the 2016 Able Muse Book Award, and To Wrestle with the Angel: Sonnets from Petrarch’s “Chapbook” of 1337 (Finishing Line Press, 2018).

 

Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca)

Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374), commonly known as Petrarch in the English-speaking world, is the great Italian master whose work helped to create the Renaissance sonnet craze in England. He was a Franciscan tertiary, a scholar of the Classics, a friend to Decameron author Giovanni Boccaccio, and an immensely popular poet in his day. Despite his religious vows, he had two children out of wedlock, and is best known for sonnets professing intense love for a woman named Laura.

 

 

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.

 

Alexander Pepple

Alexander Pepple founded and edits Able Muse and Able Muse Press, and also founded and directs the Eratosphere online worskshop. His poetry and prose have been or will be published in Barrow Street, Hopkins Review, Rosebud, River Styx, American Arts Quarterly, Light, Think Journal, Euphony, Per Contra, Eclectica, Measure, and elsewhere.

 

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