Jed Rasula is the author of two books of poetry and four books of scholarship, most recently Modernism and Poetic Inspiration: The Shadow Mouth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He is co-editor, with Tim Conley, of Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (Action Books, forthcoming later this year). “Wagnerism: A Telephone from the Beyond” is part of a work-in-progress on the roots of modernism, which also includes the essay “Jazzbandism” from the Spring 2006 issue of The Georgia Review. He is Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia.
Sydney Lea’s thirteenth collection of poems, Here,is forthcoming from Four Way Books next year. Also due in 2018, from Vermont’s Green Writers Press, are Lea’s collected newspaper columns from his years as Vermont poet laureate, News That Stay News: Lyric and Everyday Life,his, and a re-issue of his collaborative book of essays with former Delaware poet laureate Fleda Brown, Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives.
Charles Harper Webb’s latest book, Brain Camp, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015. A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, a book of essays on contemporary American poetry, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016. Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Webb teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach.
John Bensko’s four books of poetry are Visitations (University of Tampa Press, 2014), The Iron City (2000), The Waterman’s Children (1994), and Green Soldiers (1981), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He is also the author of a story collection, Sea Dogs (2004), and coordinator of the University of Memphis MFA program.