Words Fail the Winning Athlete & The News from Poetry
Hunt Hawkins’ poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Georgia Review, and many other journals. His poetry collection, The Domestic Life (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. He is chair of the English department at the University of South Florida.
We’re Small on the Rim
Julie Suk is the author of five volumes of poetry and is co-editor of Bear Crossings, an anthology of North American poets. Her most recent book, Lie Down With Me: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2011 by Autumn House Press, and her work is forthcoming in the Cimarron Review, Great River Review, and Southern Poetry Review.
Kathryn Stripling Byer received the 2013 North Carolina Book Award and the 2013 Southern Independent Booksellers Award for Poetry for her most recent collection, Descent (Louisiana State University Press, 2012). A native of south Georgia, she recently completed five years as North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate. Frequently anthologized, her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications ranging from the Atlantic to Appalachian Heritage.
Bruce Bond’s twenty-eight books include Calling (Parlor Press, 2021); Behemoth (Criterion Books, 2021), winner of the New Criterion poetry prize; Patmos (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), winner of the Juniper Prize; Scar (Etruscan Press, 2020); Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019); and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (Louisiana State University Press, 2019). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.
Natasha Trethewey served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States (2012–2014). She is the author of four collections of poetry: Thrall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), and Domestic Work (2000). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010 from the University of Georgia Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Trethewey is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.
Squeeze Me, I Sing
Darrell Spencer is the author of the novel One Mile Past Dangerous Curve (University of Michigan Press, 2005) and four collections of short stories, including Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner Bring Your Legs with You (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004) and Caution: Men in Trees (2000), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press. He taught in the creative writing program at Ohio University for seventeen years and currently teaches at Southern Utah University.
In the Lion’s Cage (poem)
David Starkey’s most recent poetry collections are A Few Things You Should Know About the Weasel (Biblioasis, 2010) and It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove Press, 2011). He is the author of the bestselling textbook Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008) and is the founding director of the creative writing program at Santa Barbara City College.
Mourners, Onlookers, Gawkers (poem)
Maxine Kumin’s seventeenth poetry collection, Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990–2010 (W. W. Norton, 2010), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2011. Kumin’s other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals. A former United States poet laureate, Kumin lives with her husband on a farm in the Mink Hills of New Hampshire, where they have raised horses for forty years and enjoyed the companionship of several rescued dogs.