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WHO IS VIJAY SESHADRI?
Poet, essayist, and critic Vijay Seshadri was born in India and came to the United States at the age of five. He earned a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Columbia University.
Seshadri is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996); The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award; and 3 Sections (2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.”
Seshadri has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program.
WHO IS MARIE HOWE?
Born in Rochester, New York, Marie Howe She earned an MFA from Columbia University, where she studied with Stanley Kunitz, whom she refers to as “my true teacher.”
Her first collection, The Good Thief (1988), was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Margaret Atwood, who praised Howe’s “poems of obsession that transcend their own dark roots.”
In 1989, Howe’s brother John died of an AIDS-related illness. As Howe states in an AGNI interview, “John’s living and dying changed my aesthetic completely.” What the Living Do (1997), an elegy to John, was praised by Publishers Weekly as one of the five best poetry collections of the year. .
Howe has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and NYU. She coedited (with Michael Klein) the essay anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). She has received fellowships from the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She was the Poet Laureate of New York State from 2012 to 2014. She lives in New York City.
WHO IS SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN?
Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry and Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, the Personal Essay at the 92nd Street Y and offers manuscript conferences at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She received her B.A. in Russian language and literature from U.C. Berkeley in 1983 and her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002.
Her poems have appeared in From the Fishouse, The New York Times, Nimrod, the Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, Plume, Poetry London, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,Verse Daily and Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. In 2008, she was asked to read in the “Love Poems Program” at the Library of Congress. Her third book will be published by Plume Editions/MadHat Press in March of 2018. She lives with her husband, John. They share four children, Ben, Angie, Kaitlin and Fiona.
WHO IS TONY HOAGLAND?
Tony Hoagland was born in 1953 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He earned a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of Arizona. Hoagland’s poetry is known for its acerbic, witty take on contemporary life and “straight talk,” in the words of New York Times reviewer Dwight Garner, who continued: “At his frequent best … Mr. Hoagland is demonically in touch with the American demotic.” Hoagland’s books of poetry include Sweet Ruin (1992), which was chosen for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and won the Zacharis Award from Emerson College; Donkey Gospel (1998), winner of the James Laughlin Award; What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Rain (2005); and Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (2010). He has also published a collection of essays about poetry, Real Sofistakashun (2006).
Hoagland’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He has received the O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award and the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. Hoagland teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.
WHO IS RAYMOND CARVER?
Raymond Carver was one of a handful of contemporary short story writers credited with reviving what was once thought of as a dying literary form. Carver also wrote extensively as a poet. Although he had already released a volume of his collected verse, the diagnosis of lung cancer inspired him to write another volume. These poems are characterized by a reliance on sentence-sounds and a structure steeped in storytelling. He explores tortured marriages and strained familial relationships, all of which lead him bravely into discussing his own terminal illness.
"I never figured I'd make a living writing short stories," Carver told Penelope Moffet in a Publishers Weekly interview only a few months before he died. "How far in this world are you going to get writing short stories? I never had stars in my eyes. I never had the big-score mentality." Astonished by his literary prominence, Carver told Moffet that fame "never ceases to amaze me. And that's not false modesty, either. I'm pleased and happy with the way things have turned out. But I was surprised."
WHO IS FLOSSIE OLEARY?
Flossie O’Leary brings extensive experience in organizational leadership, leadership training, strategic thinking and strategy deployment. She has secured $33 million in philanthropic dollars and millions more in the private sector and built top-performing teams, fundability and increased revenue streams.
WHO IS FRANCES KAKUGAWA?
Frances H. Kakugawa, was born in Kapoho on the Big Island of Hawaii, destroyed by Kilauea volcano. She did her reading in out-houses and by kerosene lamps and used her pen to get out of a place she mistakenly thought had nothing to offer dream seekers. Frances, a former caregiver for her mother who had Alzheimer’s, is an award winning internationally published poet/ author of more than a dozen books.
Three of her poetry books are on caregiving. One illustrated children’s book of a mouse poet, Wordsworth dances the Waltz, is written for children about memory loss. She writes a monthly Dear Frances advice column for caregivers in the Hawai’i Herald , and conducts a poetry writing support group for caregivers. A new book of poetry titled Dangerous Woman: Poetry for the Ageless, has just been released.
She taught in Michigan, Hawaii and Micronesia and served as a teacher trainer and curriculum writer and lecturer for the University of Hawai’i. Frances was recognized in Living Legacy, Outstanding Women of the 20th Century in Hawai'i and received the Hawai'i - Pacific Gerontology Society Award for her work with the elderly and the Puaka’Ana O Ka La award for her contributions toward the physical, mental and spiritual wellness of our community.
Frances devotes her time giving keynote addresses, workshops and readings throughout the US on caregiving, teaching, poetry, and writing. She now lives in Sacramento, CA.
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