Jeanne Murray Walker was born in Parkers Prairie, a village in northern Minnesota. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems (WordFarm Press, 2014) and The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s (Center Street, 2013). Her book of sonnets, Pilgrim, You Find the Path by Walking, will be out in 2019. A mentor in the Seattle Pacific University low-residency MFAProgram, Walker also teaches writing in prison and travels widely to give readings and run workshops.
Susan Ludvigson, Professor Emerita at Winthrop University, was the 2014 winner of the James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Five Points magazine. She has published eight collections of poems with LSU Press, including Escaping the House of Certainty (2006). The first line of “Dead,” appearing here, is the title of her next collection. Most recently, her poems can be found in the Yale Review and the Southern Review.