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A 2014 finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize nominee and former poetry editor, Claudia Gary writes, edits, and composes tonal art songs and chamber music near Washington D.C. Her first collection, Humor Me, was published in 2006 by David Robert Books. Claudia has presented panels on poetry and music at the West Chester University Poetry Conference and has taught workshops for adults and children. In the 1990s she founded and coordinated the Leesburg (Va.) Poetry and Chamber Music Series. In addition to anthologies such as "Forgetting Home" (Barefoot Muse, 2013) and "Villanelles" (Everyman, 2012), her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, Angle Poetry Journal, Antiphon, Chronicles, First Things, Light, Loch Raven Review, Lucid Rhythms, Mezzo Cammin, New Walk, Poet Lore, The Rotary Dial, Sow's Ear Poetry Journal, String Poet, Trinacria, and elsewhere. She also writes articles on health for The VVA Veteran, VFW, and other magazines. In 2014 she has given seven poetry workshops for the Loudoun County Public Library; she also offers workshops on Music and Sound in Poetry at The Writer's Center (www.writer.org) and elsewhere.