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Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is currently earning her MA in English/Creative Writing—Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington and an AA in Social Sciences (Quincy College, MA, where she served as an editor of Stepping Stone and a member of Phi Theta Kappa). As well, she studied English at Bridgewater State College in MA. Cynthia has served as Membership Chairperson of The Maine Poets Society. A Pushcart Prize nominated and award-winning poet, Cynthia has had over 100 poems published in such journals as Avocet, YankeeMagazine.com, and Ibbetson Street; in her chapbook, the 95 Poems; and the online journals, Mannequin Envy, The Orange Room Review, Pirene's Fountain and others. Her nonfiction and poetry appear abroad. She has served as co-editor of a 45-church district newsletter and she co-founded the Tidepool Poets of Plymouth, MA in 2001. Three of her articles appear in Educators as Writers: Publishing for Professional and Personal Development (Carol Smallwood, ed., Peter Lang, 2006). Among other honors, her poetry has received an Honorable Mention in New England Writers, a citation in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Second Place twice in Maine Poets Society contests. Cynthia has judged poetry locally, regionally and nationally for such contests as the Writer's Digest annual writing competition. Cynthia gives poetry workshops focusing on inspiration and images and she has a special interest in bringing poetry to elementary students.
Robert Farnsworth's new book, Rumored Islands, appeared from Harbor Mountain Press in January 2010. He has published two previous collections of poetry with Wesleyan University Press, Three Or Four Hills And A Cloud (1982), and Honest Water (1989), and for more than twenty-five years his poems have appeared widely in periodicals across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.. For seven years he edited poetry for the Washington D.C. quarterly The American Scholar. He has taught writing and literature at SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College, UC Irvine, and Colby College, and has conducted reading groups and workshops for various audiences of all ages, under the auspices of libraries, hospitals, prisons, etc., and has given readings at many venues over the years. Since 1990 he has taught in the English Dept. at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he lives with his wife and two sons.