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New Orleans, LA
Brenda Marie Osbey is a poet, essayist and librettist working in English and French. Her six books include her collected poems, ALL SOULS: Essential Poems (LSU Press, 2015) and History & Other Poems (Time Being, 2013). Edited works include features for Indiana Review, Poet Lore, War|Scapes, and Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems, Edited and with an Introduction by Brenda Marie Osbey (African Poetry Book Series, 2016). Named the first peer-selected Poet Laureate of the State of Louisiana in 2005, she spent her two-year tenure of service touring the United States presenting weekly poetry readings, lectures and symposia advocating the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region of the United States in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Osbey is a New Orleans native.
Rachel Marie Patterson is an Editor at Radar Poetry (www.radarpoetry.com) and the author of If I Am Burning (MSR 2011). She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Recently, she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her Myers-Briggs type is ENFJ.