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Maura Alia Badji

Poet
Virginia Beach, VA

Lisa Drago

Poet
Norfolk, VA

I am a relatively new poet who enjoys formal poetry as much as free verse. My favorite topic is spirituality. I am a member of Hampton Roads Writers where I served as Treasurer for three years.

Luisa A. Igloria, Ph.D.

Poet
Norfolk, VA

LUISA A. IGLORIA (previously published as Maria Luisa Aguilar-Cariño) is a tenured Professor of English and Creative Writing at Old Dominion University, where she is currently Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared or will be forthcoming in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Poetry East, Sweet, qarrtsiluni, poemeleon, Smartish Pace, Natural Bridge, Rattle, The North American Review, Bellingham Review, Shearsman (UK), PRISM International (Canada), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), The Asian Pacific American Journal, and TriQuarterly. Luisa has published THE SAINTS OF STREETS (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, fall 2013), JUAN LUNA'S REVOLVER (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, University of Notre Dame Press), TRILL & MORDENT (WordTech Editions, 2005), and 8 other books including ENCANTO (Anvil, 2004), and IN THE GARDEN OF THE THREE ISLANDS (Moyer Bell/Asphodel, 1995). Author Website may be viewed at www.luisaigloria.com

Michal Mahgerefteh

Poet
Norfolk, VA

Renee Ellen Olander

Poet
Virginia Beach, VA

Daughter of a US Navy officer and former member of WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), Renée Ellen Olander grew up on and around military bases in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Hawai’i, and southeastern Virginia. Her poems have appeared in the Split This Rock, Heart Online and The Chronicle of Higher Education Poetry Month blogs, as well as in 13th Moon, Verse and Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics, The Café Review, South Loop Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review Best of the Decade, Rhino, Plainswoman, Dogwood Review, Snake~Nation~Review,5am, and many other journals and anthologies. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination from Sistersong–Women Across Cultures. She earned a BA from Mary Baldwin College, and MA from Old Dominion University,and an MFA from University of Southern Maine, and she has taught literature, creative writing, and poetry pedagogy at university and K-12 levels for more than 25 years.

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