Laurie Kutchins’ three books of poetry include The Night Path (BOA Editions, 1997), which received the Isabella Gardner Award. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared previously in The Georgia Review, Southern Review, Orion, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. She directs the creative writing program at James Madison University.
Naomi Shihab Nye’s most recent books are Famous (Wings Press, 2015), illustrated by Lisa Desimini, and The Turtle of Oman (Greenwillow, 2014). Nye has held Lannan, Guggenheim, and Witter Bynner fellowships, and she has won a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, “The Betty Prize” from Poets House for service to poetry, and two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards.