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Lisa Stice received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She taught high school for ten years and is now a military wife who lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. In addition to the publications listed below, some of her poems are forthcoming in or published in Poetry Leaves, Paw Prints in Verse:Poems about Pets anthology, As You Were, GFT Presents:One in Four (GFT Press), Collateral, Poets and War, Into the Void Magazine, tiny poetry: macropoetics, Riding Light, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, and Forgotten.
Bradley R. Strahan lives in Garner, NC, most recently he taught poetry at Univ. of Texas. He is a Former Fulbright Professor of Poetry & American Culture (2002-2004) in the Balkans. For 12 yrs. he taught poetry at Georgetown Univ.. He is the director of VISIONS INTERNATIONAL ARTS and publisher of Visions-International. Since 1976 he has developed a worldwide following for his work, which includes 6 books of poetry and over 600 poems in such places as: America, Christian Century, Texas Observer, Crosscurrents, Rattapallax, Apostrophe, Seattle Rev, Christian Science Monitor, Poet Lore, Confrontation, Hollins Critic, Soundings East, Gargoyle, Southwestern Rev., Borderlands, Passages North, etc.; in the U.K.: Orbis, Tribune, Nottingham Rev., Krax, The Seventh Quarry (Wales), etc.; in Ireland: Crannog, The Salmon, Blue Max and Revival. Elsewhere in: Sources (Belgium), Poetry Monthly Shimunhak (Korea), Poetry Australia, Poetry Salzburg Review, Yuan Yang (Hong Kong), etc.. He has been anthologized in many places and translated into French, Dutch, Serbian, Macedonian, Korean, etc.. He has lectured and read his work in America, Europe and Asia. For over 30 years he has sponsored international poetry readings at many location locations. He has won many poetry awards. He was in Holland on a Vogelstein Foundation program from Nov., 2001 to Jan., 2002 (where he replaced John Ashbery as the American poet at the "Literaire Podia Amsterdam"). He was a Fellow (2006) at the "Vertalershuis" in Leuven, Belgium. In 2012 & 2013 He was a featured poet at International poetry festivals in Ireland and Belgium (2013-14). During his stay in Belgium he lectured several times at the Univ. of Liege. His book This Art of Losing (from BrickHouse Books) has garnered considerable praise from critics and readers and has been translated into French. His new book from/about his recent year+ in Ireland, A Parting Glass was also published by BrickHouse Books to and has also just been translated into French at the univ. of Liege in Belgium. It has also been widely praised.
Shawn Nacona Stroud lives in Charlotte, NC where he works as a graphic artist. His poems are inspired by the state of Florida where he grew up, and the people and beautiful landscapes of North Carolina where he now resides. Shawn Stroud’s poems have appeared in literary journals and ezines such as Word Catalyst Magazine, Mississippi Crow Magazine, Loch Raven Review, Crescent Moon Journal, The Poetry Worm, and Here and Now. His poetry has also appeared in two anthologies The Poetry Pages Vol. IV and Poetry from the Dark Side Vol. 2. Besides painting, Shawn’s other passion has always been reading and writing poetry, and while he is not busy expressing his thoughts and feelings on canvas or paper he spends his free time editing poetry challenges for an online poetry workshop called the Desert Moon Review.