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Born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in the Cleveland area, Rob Smith has been writing poetry and prose for over forty years. As with many young writers, his creative efforts developed beneath the requirements of career. Nonetheless, he quietly persisted in creating a body of work representative of his imagination. In 2006, he entered his first poetry competition and was awarded the Robert Frost Poetry Award for the poem "Catbird" and published his first novel, Night Voices. Since then, he has completed two more novels and two non-fiction titles. Though he is now writing full-time, he continues to teach as an adjunct instructor at both Wright State and Bowling Green State Universities in Ohio. He and his wife, Nancy, now live on the north coast and sail the waters of Lake Erie in an old sloop that they are restoring. Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Westminster College (Pa) and master and doctoral degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Alison Stine is the author of two books of poems: WAIT, winner of the Brittingham Prize (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011); and OHIO VIOLENCE, winner of the Vassar Miller (University of North Texas Press, 2009); as well as the chapbook LOT OF MY SISTER (The Kent State University Press, 2001). Her poems and prose have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Tin House, New England Review, and many other journals. Her awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She teaches at Ohio University, where she is completing her Ph.D.