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New Orleans, LA
BENJAMIN ALESHIRE is based in New Orleans, LA, & Burlington, VT. Poetry, essays, & criticism have appeared in many journals. In addition to writing, Ben also tours widely as a cornetist with the Vermont Joy Parade, & is active in theatre and as an exhibiting visual artist. He has been awarded residencies at the BCA Center, New City Galerie, & Bluseed Studios. In 2010 he founded Honeybee Press, which publishes The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction, as well as a hand-bound poetry series, using hand-made paper, block carving, and letter-press.
David Armand was born and raised in Louisiana. He has worked as a drywall hanger, a draftsman, and as a press operator in a flag printing factory. He now teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press. In 2010, he won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel, The Pugilist's Wife, which was published by Texas Review Press. His second novel, Harlow, was published by Texas Review Press in 2013. David's third novel, The Gorge, is forthcoming this fall from Southeast Missouri State University Press; and his memoir, My Mother's House, is forthcoming Spring 2016 from Texas Review Press. David lives with his wife and two children and is working on his fifth book, The Lord's Acre, which is about a religious cult in Louisiana. He also recently finished a chapbook of poems called The Deep Woods.
Born in New London, CT, April 11, 1956; grew up in Virginia and Trinidad, British West Indies. Studied at The Colorado College, Bread Loaf, B.A. in English from University of West Florida, Master of Library Information Studies from the University of Alabama. Taught English as a Second Language for 4 years on Okinawa, Japan. Friends call her The Resourceress. Lifelong rider who delights in working and schooling Andalusian and Lipizzanner horses. Formerly an academic department head, now proudly serving as Patient Medical Librarian for the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Alexandria. Yes, I truly do work for the Library at Alexandria.