Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a writer and visual artist. He is the author of Ubasute, which won the 2020 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition, and the author of the full-length collection Common Grace, forthcoming from Beacon Press in Fall 2022. He is a recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry and a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Literature. His poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, DMQ Review, Tule Review, Louisiana Literature, The Night Heron Barks, and elsewhere. Aaron earned his MFA in creative writing from Boston University and is also the author and illustrator of Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life (TarcherPerigee, 2017)
Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is a Colombian-born writer, translator, and educator. Her honors include a John K. Walsh Residency Fellowship at the Anderson Center, an Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellowship at Ragdale, and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her widely published work has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Luisa holds an MFA from Boston University. She is Assistant Editor of Connecticut River Review and a board member of the Connecticut Poetry Society.
Catherine DeNunzio has published in Many Mountains Moving; The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from The Robert Frost Place; Italian Americana; Connecticut Literary Anthology 2020; and Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis. She has poems forthcoming in Connecticut River Review, Passager, and Marin Poetry Center Anthology. DeNunzio lives in Connecticut with her spouse and dog.
Louis Gabordi is a retired educator and mentor to young poets. A member of the Westerly, Rhode Island, Savoy Poetry Salon, he has shared his work throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island. He lives in Ledyard, Connecticut, with his spouse. Nothing so informs his work as his love and concern for the natural world.
BENJAMIN S. GROSSBERG
Benjamin S. Grossberg is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Hartford. His books include My Husband Would (University of Tampa, 2020), Space Traveler (University of Tampa, 2014), and Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa, 2009), winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared widely, including in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies, Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and the magazines Southern Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, and The Sun.
Susan Kinsolving is the author of four books of poems. Her recent collection is Peripheral Vision. Her poems have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, Wall Street Journal, among others. As a librettist, her works have been performed by opera companies in New York, California, The Netherlands, and Italy. She is the Poet in Residence at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.
Susannah Lawrence earned an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in The Comstock Review, The Cortland Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Nimrod, The MacGuffin, and Poet Lore. Her full-length collection is titled Just Above the Bone (Antrim House Press, 2016).
Lana Orphanides is the author of Searching for Angels, published by Anthem Press, as well as a chapbook, Sea and the Sound of Wind, Poems of Greece. She also collaborated with Pam Gordinier and Rhonda Ward for Spring: Rebirth and Renewal, a book of paintings and poetry. She participated in Poetry of the Wild, with Ana Flores and has done readings throughout Connecticut. For many years, she taught English and Creative Writing at New London High School where she began an award winning literary magazine, thanks to her wonderful students! Lana is a member of the Connecticut River Poets and Poets for the Planet.
Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, Vivian Shipley was awarded a 2020-21 CT Office of the Arts Poetry Fellowship, won the 2020-21 Poet Hunt from The MacGuffin and was the Artist’s Choice for Rattle’s October2020 Ekphrastic Challenge. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, her 12th book, An Archaeology of Days (Negative Capability Press, 2019) was named The 2020-21 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist and the 2020 Housatonic Book Prize for Poetry Finalist. The Poet (Louisiana Literature Press, SLU) and Perennial (Negative Capability Press, Mobile, AL) were published in 2015. All of Your Messages Have Been Erased, (2010, Louisiana Literature Press, SLU) won the 2011 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, NEPC’s Sheila Motton Book Award , and CT Press Club’s Prize for Best Creative Writing.
CHRISTIE MAX WILLIAMS
Christie Max Williams is a writer and actor who lives in Mystic, Connecticut. He has worked on stage, film, and TV in California, New York, and Connecticut and also as a fruit vendor in Paris, a salmon fisherman in Alaska, a consultant on Wall Street, a writer for the National Audubon Society, and in leadership posts for non-profits. He co-founded and for many years directed The Arts Café Mystic. His poetry has won the Grolier Prize, placed second in the Connecticut River Review Contest, and was a recent finalist for the National Poetry Series and Morton Marr Prize.