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Winter Haven, FL
Growing up as a sixth-generation Floridian on a citrus farm, John Davis Jr. understood from an early age the unique rhythms and energies that come from agriculture. Much of his early work was inspired by those farm experiences. The beautiful and pragmatic sensations inherent to growing crops became a constant in the pastoral works of his youth. Since those formative poetic years, the geographic and stylistic scope of Davis's work has broadened. But even now, his ancestors and their land manage to slip their imagery and diction into his poems.
Neil de la Flor, born in Hollywood, Florida, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. His first book, Almost Dorothy, won the 2009 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and will be published in January 2010. In addition, his literary work has been published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Barrow Street, Sentence, 42opus, Scene360, Court Green and other literary journals on the web and in print. In 2006, Facial Geometry (Neo Pepper Press), a collaborative chapbook of triads co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kirstine Snodgrass, was published.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Howard Richard Debs received a University of Colorado Poetry Prize at age 19. After spending the past fifty years in the field of communications, with recognitions including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, he has recently resumed his literary pursuits, and his latest work appears or is forthcoming in The Germ, Calliope, Big River Poetry Review, Jewish Currents, Poetica Magazine, Misfitmagazine, Star 82 Review, The Review Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Verse-Virtual, Dialogual, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Piecemeal Review, Clear Poetry Magazine, Indiana Voice Journal, Blue Bonnet Review, China Grove, I am Not A Silent Poet, Silver Birch Press among others, and On Being online in which appears his ekphrastic Holocaust poetry series “Terezin: Trilogy Of Names” and also in On Being online his essay "The Poetry of Bearing Witness" and Eclectica Magazine, in which his essay "Vindicating Holocaust Poetry" appears from which stems the work in progress, New Voices from Salvaged Words: An Anthology of Contemporary Holocaust Poetry and Essays. His background in photography goes back many years, both creative and technical, and his photography will be found in select publications, including in Rattle online as “Ekphrastic Challenge" artist and guest editor.