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Swiftwalker is my Lenape name, which I use for publication. I am a retired Professor of Sociology and Family and Community Medicine living in Columbia MO and Boothbay ME. I have been married since 1963 and have two children and five grandchildren. I am affiliated with the Maine Poets Society and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild.
Maryfrances Wagner has taught creative and academic writing for over twenty years, taught workshops at all levels, served as President of The Writers Place and is currently chair of TWP Programming Committee. She is co-editor of I-70 Review and Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers. She has published five collections to include Salvatore's Daughter, Red Silk,and Light Subtracts Itself, and she has edited or co-edited three anthologies. She also served as co-editor of New Letters Review of Books.
St. Louis, MO
Drucilla Wall’s debut book of poetry, The Geese at the Gates, is available from Salmon Poetry. Individual poems and essays appear in Cream City Review, Kalliope, Red River Review, Eighteenth Century Life, and are anthologized in The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal; Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust; Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains/High Plains; and True West: Authenticity and the American West. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She teaches poetry, essay writing, and Native American literature, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has earned awards and fellowships for her work, including the Mar i Sandoz Prair ie Schooner Short Story Award, the Western Literature Association Willa Pilla Prize for Humor in Writing, and University of Nebraska Fling and Larson Fellowships. Reflected in her work are diverse ties to home places ranging from County Wexford and Galway, Ireland, to the American settings of Missouri, Nebraska, Alabama, and Pennsylvania. Her writing engages her mixed heritage of Creek/Muscogee American Indian, Irish, and Jewish identity. She lives in St. Louis, Missoui, and has spent summers with family and friends in Wexford and Galway, Ireland, since 1985.