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Michael Gessner

Fiction Writer, Poet
Tucson, AZ

Michael Gessner received his undergraduate degree in English literature from Wayne State University in Detroit; master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder; an appointment as an Andrew Mellon Professor to the University of Arizona, and directed the Honors Program at Central Arizona College. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he has been a finalist and semi-finalist in various competitions including "Discovery"/The Nation, and the Pablo Neruda Award, and has given readings and presentations at state poetry societies and organizations; to chapters of the AAUW, nursing facilities, Casa Libre en la Solana, colleges and universities in PA, NY, CO, CA, AZ, University College Dublin, the American-Irish Historical Society, (NYC), and Cambridge University. Foreign publications include poems in The French Literary Review, ("Place des Vosges," "Le Moulin de la Vierge,") and Rue des Beaux-Arts (Paris, "Wilde's Tomb.") His reviews and articles have been published by Allyn & Bacon, C.V. Mosby, Times-Mirror, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, The English Journal, Gray's Sporting Journal, Jacket2 and The Kappan. He served as creative writing judge for the National Council Teachers of English, and for La Roca, Florence State Penitentiary; assisted in establishing writing programs for the gifted and talented at the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Ganado, AZ. His work has been called "Structurally ingenious," Jonathan Galassi, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and poems from BEAST BOOK were found to be "Lively and smart and musical," (Robert Pinsky.) Michael lives in Tucson with his wife, son Chris, and family dog, "Irish."

Dan Gilmore

Fiction Writer, Poet
Tucson, AZ

Robert Houston

Fiction Writer
Tucson, AZ

Fenton Johnson

Fiction Writer
Tucson, AZ

Cheryl Kidder

Fiction Writer, Poet
Tucson, AZ

I've been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize. The latest are: "Look Away" in Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, "How The West Was Won" in Able Muse's Winter 2013 issue, and lastly for "Burn" in Hippocampus Magazine.

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