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Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a poet and visual artist. Her awards include the National Endowment for the Arts/CEC ArtsLink fellowship, the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) Individual Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Montalvo Arts Center, the Irish Museum of Modern Art Residency Programme (Dublin), and USF Verftet-AiR/Bergen (Norway). In 2015, Scrupe’s poems have been shortlisted or named finalist for several national and international literary awards including the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Australia; the Canterbury Poetry Festival University of Kent Prize and Poet of the Year (UK); the Wenlock Prize in Poetry (UK); the Auburn Witness Prize in Poetry (Auburn University); the Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, (Ruminate Magazine); the Oberon Poetry Prize (Oberon Poetry Foundation, New York); and the Tomaž Šalamun Chapbook Prize, (VERSE Literary Journal), University of Richmond, Virginia.
David Adès is an Australian Pushcart Prize nominated poet currently living in Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979. His collection Mapping the World was commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008. His poems have appeared widely in Australia and the U.S. in publications including over 20 of the Friendly Street Readers, and numerous literary magazines and have also been anthologised. He was a volunteer editor of the Australian Poetry Members Anthology Metabolism. In 2014 he won the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize.
Greater Philadelphia, PA
Dilruba Ahmed’s debut book, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), won the Bakeless Prize for Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work is recent or forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, The Collagist, Memorious, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Ahmed’s poems have also appeared in Poetry, New England Review, and New Orleans Review, and have been anthologized in Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016); Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas, 2010); and elsewhere. Her writing has appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review blog, the National Book Foundation blog, and The Kenyon Review Online. A writer with roots in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Bangladesh, Ahmed holds a BPhil in Creative Writing and an MAT in Instruction and Learning from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and lives in greater Philadelphia with her husband and her two sons. She is currently a lecturer in creative writing at Bryn Mawr College. Photo credit: Mike Drzal