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David Wright’s first novel, Home Field, Paris (Penguin, forthcoming 2011), tells the story of the 2005 Paris riots through the eyes of two high school seniors, one an African American from Texas, the other a white Quebecker. Each one has travelled to Paris to play in the French American football league and gets swept up in the civil unrest. Wright’s other book, the nonfiction narrative Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers (Scribner 2001; Oxford University Press paper 2002), was a New Yorker Notable Selection and one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s “Best Books of 2001.” His television documentary, “Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers” (DreamQuest Productions), is currently in-production, with an expected fall 2009 completion date. Wright has published other work in The Village Voice, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, African American Review, New York Newsday, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere, and been anthologized in Gumbo: : A Celebration of African American Writing (Doubleday 2002) and Stories from the Blue Moon Café (MacAdam/Cage 2003).
I am a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College. I am the author of a volume of poems, POINTED SENTENCES (BlazeVOX, 2012) and four chapbooks, The Lice of Christ (MadHat Press, 2014), Incompetent Translations and Inept Haiku (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), FOURTEEN (Naked Mannekin, 2011), and WRENCH (erbacce-press, 2009).
Susan Yount (aka Sissy)was born and raised on a 164-acre farm in Southern Indiana where she learned to drive a tractor, harvest crops, feed the chickens and hug her beloved goat, Cinnamon. Soon after receiving her BA from Indiana University in Photo-Journalism, she married a physicist and moved to Ohio. While attending Kent State University as a graduate student, she worked at the largest flour mill in northeast Ohio where she kept those Accounts Receivable up-to-date (no small feat, that!). Moving to Chicago, she and her husband built a home on the south side with a view of the Willis Tower. In the middle of the upheaval she found time to give birth to a bouncy baby boy! She is the Editor and Publisher of Arsenic Lobster, works fulltime at the Associated Press and is the founder of Misty Publications. Having completed graduate studies in poetry at Columbia College in Chicago, she now balances work, her new home and her delightful love bug. Only Mimi Mousy Tongue knows what Susan will be doing next and she’s not talking. Her poetry has appeared in several print and online magazines including Roar, Jet Fuel Review, Booth Journal, Verse Daily and The Chaffin Journal. In her spare (!) time she moonlights as madam for the Chicago Poetry Bordello and writes the Rebellious Women in Poetry column with Jessica Dyer. Keep up with her poetry tarot project at : http://susanyount.tumblr.com/