A Thousand Buddhas

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016), and co-author of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (originally published by McGraw-Hill in 2003 and with a third edition coming out this year) with Suzanne Paola and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Books, 2012) with Holly J. Hughes. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Sweet, Bellevue Literary Review, and Psaltery and Lyre. Recipient of six Pushcart Prizes, she is a professor of English at Western Washington University and an associate faculty member at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

You Can’t Drive the Same Truck Twice

Cathy Smith Bowers’ collections of poetry include Like Shining from Shook Foil (2010), The Candle I Hold Up to See You (2009), and A Book of Minutes (2004), and her poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, the Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. For many years the poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, Bowers currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens and in the Haden Institute Spiritual Direction and Dream Leadership programs. From 2010 to 2012, she was poet laureate of North Carolina.

Forest of voices

Study

Suzanne Cleary won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry for her third book, Beauty Mark (BkMk Press, 2013). Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she teaches in the low-residency MFA in creative writing program at Converse College.

Slow Storm

Nash

Mornings Like This

The Book of the Dead Man (#23)

Marvin Bell’s recent books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013 )and Whiteout (Lodima Press, 2011), a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. The selections from “If & When” in this issue continue Bell’s poetic correspondence with Christopher Merrill, earlier exchanges from which were collected in After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (White Pine Press, 2016).

Alone, with Friends: From a Journal toward Springtime

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.