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Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five full-length books of poetry: The Singing Underneath (1988), selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (2001), Incomplete Knowledge, (Four Way Books, 2006), which was runner-up for the 2008 Poets’ Prize, and Into Daylight (Tupelo, 2014), winner of the Dorset Prize. In addition, a selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in the U.K. by the Waywiser Press in 2006. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Bogliasco Foundation, among other honors. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, AGNI, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at several universities and schools, including George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was Writer-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, and the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.
Kythe Heller is a poet and multimedia performance artist currently based in Cambridge, MA. In mixed-genre poems, essays, and pieces for collaborative and solo performance, Heller experiments with a grounding of poetics in textual, spatial and performative practices that re-orient art-making as a practice of consciousness: In what ways can our writings become sites of resistance, sites of evolution, parts of an array of realizing new and social and ecological relationships by considering how to use language to radically change one’s way of being in the world? Her recent poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, POOL, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Lyric, Salamander, American Demographics, and other journals, and her poetry chapbook Immolation (Monk Honey, 2008) was a finalist for the Walt McDonald First Book Prize from Texas Tech UP. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from Harvard University, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Laurels Foundation. Her recent performance and multimedia work has been staged at the SEEDS Festival, Sonoma State University, WAXworks (NYC), BAX (NYC), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and in various collaborations and street performances in NYC and elsewhere. Her performance work is often collaborative and uses a combination of media (text, music, performance, and video). She has received degrees from Reed College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Harvard Divinity School and has taught courses in poetry and text-based multimedia at Coachman Family Homeless Shelter, Harvard University, Bayview Correctional Facility, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Hofstra University. Currently she teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College while also pursuing a doctoral degree in Religion and Contemporary Culture at Harvard University. WEBSITE: kytheheller.com
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Born 6/30/41 in Wayne, PA. Radnor High School, 1959; A.B. Amherst College, 1963; M.A. in English, Harvard Univ., 1965; Ph.D. English, Harvard Univ., 1971; completed requirements for M.F.A. University of Iowa, 1968 (did not take the degree). Married Constance Sherbill 1973; two children Ruth Kathryn Henry born 1977; David Jung Min Henry born 1985. Grand daughter Eva Luz Henry born 2003. Sister Judy Friedericy; brothers Charles (deceased 1999) and John T. Henry (deceased 2004). Founding editor of Ploughshares literary magazine, and active editor and director 1971-1995. Interim Director of Ploughshares 6/2007-10/2008. Professor, Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College, 2006 to present; Associate Professor 1989 to 2006: hired as Assistant Professor 1983; Acting Chairperson 1987-8; Chairperson 1989-93.