David Tomas Martinez is the author of two collections of poetry, Hustle and Post Traumatic Hood Disorder, both from Sarabande Books. Martinez is a Pushcart winner, CantoMundo fellow, a Breadloaf Stanley P. Young Fellow, NEA poetry fellow, and NEA Big Read author. Martinez lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.davidtomasmartinez.com
Jane Miller has written eleven books, most recently Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions, and including Working Time: Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel. She is the recipient of a Wallace Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Western States Book Award, and the Audre Lorde Prize in Poetry. Miller served as a professor for many years in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Arizona, including a stint as its Director, and is currently Visiting Poet at The University of Texas Michener Center for Writers in Austin.
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Sharon Olds is the author of eleven books of poetry. The Dead and the Living received the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and One Secret Thing was a finalist for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She teaches at New York University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where she has been involved with New York University’s outreach workshops. The Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop is in its 30th year, which includes a workshop for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Her collection of poetry, Stag’s Leap, published by Knopf in the US and Jonathan Cape in the UK, won the 2012 T.S.Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. In 2015 she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016 The Academy of American Poets awarded her the Wallace Stevens Award. Her most recent collection, Odes, was published by Knopf in 2016. www.sharonolds.net
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Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Rutgers-Camden University. Air Traffic, a memoir in essays, was released by Knopf in April, 2018. www.pardlo.net
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