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Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a poet and visual artist. Her awards include the National Endowment for the Arts/CEC ArtsLink fellowship, the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) Individual Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Montalvo Arts Center, the Irish Museum of Modern Art Residency Programme (Dublin), and USF Verftet-AiR/Bergen (Norway). In 2015, Scrupe’s poems have been shortlisted or named finalist for several national and international literary awards including the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Australia; the Canterbury Poetry Festival University of Kent Prize and Poet of the Year (UK); the Wenlock Prize in Poetry (UK); the Auburn Witness Prize in Poetry (Auburn University); the Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, (Ruminate Magazine); the Oberon Poetry Prize (Oberon Poetry Foundation, New York); and the Tomaž Šalamun Chapbook Prize, (VERSE Literary Journal), University of Richmond, Virginia.
JoAnn Balingit was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Lakeland, Florida. She is a poet and fiction writer, appointed Delaware's poet laureate in 2008. She was educated at Florida State, University of California, Irvine and Indiana University. She received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware, and teaches poetry for schools and community organizations. For grade 7 - 12 students, she directs the Delaware Writing Region of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. JoAnn is an Assistant Editor at YesYes Books and an editor at Delaware Poetry Review.
West Chester, PA
I think of myself as a woman-poet entrepreneur. In addition to doing my own writing and directing the West Chester University Poetry Center and Poetry Conference, I edit an online journal of formalist poetry by women, Mezzo Cammin, www.mezzocammin.com, and I founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which will eventually be the largest database of women poets in the world.