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Gail Thomas has published two books of poetry, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s) and Finding the Bear (Perugia). Her poems have appeared in more than 30 literary journals and anthologies. She has won the Robert Hearst Prize and the Pat Schneider Prize for poems that appear in her book, Waving Back, which will be published by Word Tech’s Turning Point imprint in 2015. She is the recipient of writing and teaching grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross. She was a founding artist and trainer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Elder Arts Initiative and has collaborated with artists across the state for workshops and performances. She has led community writing workshops at schools, hospitals, libraries, and senior centers, as well as private poetry craft workshops. Thomas is a learning specialist and teaches at Smith College.
New York, MA
For 20 years I was a closet writer. Though I worked at writing everyday, I didn’t try to publish and seldom shared my work with anyone except my wife. By my mid-forties I had accumulated a trunk full of material, so I started to pull pieces out, revise them, and send them off to one place or another.
Daniel Tobin is the author of six books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, 2011) and The Net (forthcoming, 2014) along with the critical studies and Passage to the Center and Awake in America. He is the editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, The Selected Poems and Lola Ridge, and Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art.