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Jeffrey Taylor completed his BA at the University of Utah and his MFA at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He currently works as an editor and writer at MIT. He is the founding editor of Temporary Press, a publisher of poetry and fiction in the Boston/Cambridge area.
Gail Thomas has published three books of poetry, Waving Back (Turning Point), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s) and Finding the Bear (Perugia). She won the Charlotte Mew Prize for her chapbook Odd Mercy from Headmistress Press. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and has won national prizes for poems that appear in Waving Back which was named a Must Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. 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.