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William Jay Smith

Poet
Cummington, MA

Charlene Smith

Creative Nonfiction Writer
Wellesley, MA

Once while photographing in Maine, an evidently shy man began discussing the river we were shooting and cameras, I inquired what work he did. He said he worked for an electrical contractor. ‘What do you do for him?’ He visibly swallowed, ‘I drive a truck.’ ‘Do you take many photographs?’ ‘No, it’s all boring.’ I marveled at the man’s sense of his unimportance and how that signified skewed societal values, imagine if every truck driver in America stopped work tomorrow? The country would halt. But if politicians or investment bankers failed to go to work, no one would notice. And so I write simply, I want my work to be accessible to those who use public transport, not as a choice, but because they have no other option. I believe in the quiet majority, and their beliefs don’t have to accord with mine; the freedom to disagree underpins that fragile work in eternal process we call democracy. I’ve had 14 books published and am Nelson Mandela’s authorized biographer.

Andrew Sofer

Poet
Chestnut Hill, MA

Andrew Sofer grew up in Cambridge, England, and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Boston University, and the University of Michigan. A noted theatre historian, he has received national awards for both poetry and criticism. His books include two works of criticism, The Stage Life of Props (U of Michigan P, 2003) and the forthcoming Dark Matter: Invisibility in Drama, Theatre, and Performance (U of Michigan P, 2013), as well as a book of poems, Wave (Main Street Rag, 2010). He teaches in the English Department at Boston College.

Kathleen (Drucker) Spivack

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Watertown, MA

Kathleen Spivack's forthcoming book, the novel "Unspeakable Things," is coming from Knopf in early 2016. It just received a starred review from Booklist: "a macabre fairy tale of monstrous fascinations, horrific exploitations, and desperate strategies of survival.... Amid gothic eroticism and chamber-of-horrors surrealism, Spivack considers the epic betrayal of the European dream that art, culture, and rationality can triumph over hate, malevolence, and terror." Kathleen Spivack's previous book, the memoir "With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others" was published by the University Press of New England in 2012. Kathleen came to Boston in 1959 to study with Robert Lowell in that ”famous class.” He introduced her to the poets of his time who took her under their wing. The memoir looks at personal friendships and work. It gives unique insights into the poets and the poetry. To see what people have been saying about With Robert Lowell and His Circle, go here: http://www.kathleenspivack.com/p/reviews.html. Kathleen is available for readings and presentations. For further information and to order the book, please visit http://www.upne.com. Kathleen Spivack's chapbook, “A History of Yearning,” won the Sows Ear International Poetry Chapbook Prize in 2010, and she recently received the Allen Ginsberg, Erika Mumford, and Paumanok awards for her poetry. Her book won the New England Book Festival and London Book Festival Prizes. Earlier books are Moments of Past Happiness, Earthwinds/Grolier; The Break-Up Variations; The Beds We Lie In (Scarecrow 1986), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; The Honeymoon: a Collection of Short Stories (Graywolf 1986); Swimmer in the Spreading Dawn (Applewood 1981); The Jane Poems (Doubleday 1973); Flying Inland (Doubleday 1971). Published in over 400 magazines and anthologies, Kathleen’s work has been translated into French. Kathleen Spivack has taught in France full or half time for the past twenty-one years (1990-present). A Fulbright Professor in Creative Writing in France (1993-94), Ms. Spivack has been Visiting Professor at the University of Paris VII-VIII, the University of Tours, the University of Versailles, and the Ecole Superieure (Polytechnique). She also teaches in the U.S. and has been Visiting Writer at American Universities. She has held grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; Massachusetts Artists Foundation; Bunting Institute; Howard Foundation; Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities; is a Discovery winner and has been at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, Karolyi, and the American Academy in Rome. She has won international awards for her essays, Best Travel Writing: Solas awards. & Grand Prix. In Boston and Paris she directs the Advanced Writing Workshop, an intensive training program for professional writers. She has read her work widely in both the United States and Europe. Ms. Spivack has been Writer-in-Residence throughout the U.S. She gives theater performances and master classes. She has taught at conferences in Paris, Aspen, Santa Fe, Burgundy, Skidmore, and on the high seas, (Holland American Line). For a list of recent periodical and anthology publications, see here: http://www.kathleenspivack.com/p/recent-periodical-publications.html.

Michele Spring-Moore

Poet
Northampton, MA

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