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Susan Laughter Meyers is the author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, released in August 2013 as the inaugural winner of the Cider Press Review Editors' Prize. In earlier drafts it was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and Robert Dana Anhinga Prize. Her book Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006) received the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook Lessons in Leaving (1998) won the Persephone Press Book Award. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, and jubilat, as well as the online sites Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column. A long-time writing instructor with an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, Meyers teaches poetry workshops and classes in area community programs. She is a past president of the poetry societies of both North and South Carolina. Her awards include fellowships from the SC Academy of Authors and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).
Rick Mulkey is the author of five collections including Ravenous: New & Selected Poems, Toward Any Darkness, Before the Age of Reason, and Bluefield Breakdown. His work appears in the anthologies American Poetry: the Next Generation, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume I and Volume II, and A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry, among others. Individual poems and essays have appeared in a variety of venues such as Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, The Literary Review, The Connecticut Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review and Poetry Daily.