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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. Chapbooks include Schadenfreud(e) (2004) and Bikini Buyer's Remorse (2013). 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, Per Contra, 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.
Originally from small-town Southeast Texas, Natalie Giarratano received her MFA and PhD in creative writing from Western Michigan University. Her first collection of poems, Leaving Clean, won the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry and was published in July 2013 by Briery Creek Press. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast, American Literary Review, Laurel Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. D.A. Powell selected her work for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best New Poets, and she won the 2011 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from Southern California Review. She co-edits Pilot Light, an online journal of 21st century poetics and criticism, teaches writing at American University, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Zach Green, and their pup, Miles.
Bill Glose is a former paratrooper, Gulf War veteran, and author of two poetry collections. In 2011, he was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Narrative Magazine, Poet Lore, and Southern California Review. Now a full-time writer, he undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking across Virginia and participating in a world-record-setting skinny dip event—and writes about them for magazines. His website (www.BillGlose.com) includes a page of helpful information for writers.