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Julie Kane is the author of Rhythm & Booze (University of Illinois Press, 2003), which was Maxine Kumin's selection for the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the 2005 Poets' Prize, and Jazz Funeral (Story Line Press, 2009), chosen by judge David Mason for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. New this year is a collection of humorous poems: Paper Bullets (White Violet Press, 2014). A former George Bennett Fellow in Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Orleans Writer in Residence at Tulane University, and Fulbright Scholar to Vilnius Pedagogical University (Lithuania), she teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was the 2011-2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate.
New Orleans, LA
Bill Lavender is a poet, editor, and teacher living in New Orleans. His most recent book is his acclaimed verse memoir, Memory Wing. His poems have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, and his essays and theoretical writings have been published in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others.