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Michael Gushue co-coordinates the BAWA Poetry Series and co-runs Vrzhu Press, a small press specializing in poetry chapbooks, full-length books, and books of in-between lengths. His work has appeared in Third Coast, Redivider, Hotel Amerika, Delaware Poetry Review and LocusPoint. His chapbook, Gathering Down Women, is available from Pudding House Press. He runs the small poetry press, Beothuk Books, which published Dan Vera’s The Space Between Our Danger and Our Delight. He writes regularly and brilliantly at the Vrzhu Bullets of Love blog (http://vrzhu.typepad.com).
Melanie Henderson, Washington, DC native poet, editor, photographer and publisher, is the author of Elegies for New York Avenue, winner of the 2011 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. An alumnus of Howard and Trinity Universities, she studied poetry at Howard University in Dr. Tony Medina’s “Boot Camp” and at the Voices Summer Writing Workshops (VONA) in San Francisco, CA prior to earning an MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, jubilat, Torch, Tuesday; An Art Project, Valley Voices, and The Washington Informer among others. She is a recipient of the 2009 Larry Neal Writers Award and received a 2013 Pushcart Prize nomination from Iris G. Press. She is a Founding Editor of Tidal Basin Review. Learn more at: www.dcelegies.com.