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Kelli Russell Agodon is the winner of the 2009 White Pine Press Poetry Prize judged by Carl Dennis. Her manuscript, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, will be published by White Pine Press in the fall of 2010.
Kelli was born and raised in Seattle and educated at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop where she received her MFA in creative writing.
Her work has appeared in magazines and journals such as the Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Notre Dame Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Image, 5 a.m, Meridian, Bellevue Literary Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and others.
She is also the author of Small Knots (2004) and Geography, winner of the 2003 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Currently, Kelli lives in the Northwest with her family.
She is the co-editor of the literary journal, Crab Creek Review (www.crabcreekreview.org)
Jane Alynn is a poet, essayist, and fine art photographer. A retired psychotherapist, she received an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles. She was awarded 2nd place in New South's 2012 poetry contest and in 2004 she was awarded a William Stafford Award from Washington Poets Association. Her first full-length collection of poems, Necessity of Flight, was published by Cherry Grove in 2011. A chapbook, Threads & Dust, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She has led poetry workshops, organized community poetry readings and other literary events, and served briefly on the Board of Washington Poets Association. As a fine art photographer, she has numerous exhibitions and awards to her credit.
ari'anna has taught Creative Arts, Poetry & Writing in the Puget Sound area since 1990. Author & Creator of the Writing Wild!Unleashing Creative Mind!Workshops. Motivational. Metaphysical. Transformtaional series for Actors. Artists. Writers. & Anyone who wants to think outside the box of everyday Tick-tock! ari'anna has also created the "ZEN & INk" workshops which utilize elementals & principles of Tao, Zen & Feng Shui to jumpstart creativity & WOW your writing. This series includes "waterwriting" "windwriting" "woodwriting" She also leads & facilitates support groups for writers. ari'anna has been featured on radio & in many national & international publications. She has been a Poet in the Kitsap schools & has given readings or appeared at Barnes & Noble,Folklife,Spoleto, Art Walk Live!Puget Sound Poetry Festival,Perfect World,Sanctuary & others. Her first book of poems "When the Sky Falls To Pieces" will be published by WetWords Press in 2010.