Feed the Dream: The Palmetto Poets' Place

http://www.elizabethalexander.net/Alexander_home.jpg Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is the author of four books of poems, of which American Sublime was one of three finalists for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. She is also a scholar of African-American literature and culture and recently published a collection of essays, The Black Interior. Her poetry, short stories, and critical prose have been published in dozens of periodicals and anthologies. She has received many grants and honors, most recently the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship and the 2007 Jackson Prize for Poetry, awarded by Poets and Writers. She is a professor at Yale University, and for the academic year 2007-2008 she is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She was selected to read at Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration in 2009.


Paul Allen

Paul Allen teaches poetry writing and writing song lyrics at The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he has taught since 1974. Published in numerous journals and anthologies, his work includes American Crawl (Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, UNT Press, 1997) and the chapbook, His Longing: The Small Penis Oratorio (FootHills Publishing, Kanona, NY, 2005), a sequence of metaphysical conceits. Another poetry collection, Ground Forces, is scheduled for 2008 publication with Salmon Publishing Ltd. (Ireland). He has also produced a CD of poems and songs, The Man with the Hardest Belly. He is twice recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry.

http://www.swarthmore.edu/images/news/anderson.jpg Nathalie Anderson

Professor of English Literature Nathalie Anderson is an award-winning poet and accomplished librettist. Her first book, Following Fred Astaire, won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works, and her second, Crawlers, won the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. She has authored libretti for two operas, The Black Swan and Sukey in the Dark, and is currently at work on a third collaboration with the composer Thomas Whitman and Philadelphia's Orchestra 2001, an operatic version of Arthur Conan Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia. Professor Anderson was a fellow at Yaddo in 1986, and, in 1993, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library. At Swarthmore, her courses focus on modern, contemporary, and women's poetry. She is also director of the Program in Creative Writing.

David Baker David Baker

David Baker is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Starlight: Selected Poems, as well as three books of criticism. His two books of criticism are Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (2000) and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996). Among his awards are fellowships and prizes from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, and the Pushcart Foundation. His poems and essays appear in such magazines and journals. Baker was raised in Missouri and currently resides in Granville, Ohio, where he serves as poetry editor of The Kenyon Review.

http://www.turtlelightpress.com/images/rickcloseup-rz.jpg Rick Black

Rick Black, a book artist, journalist and poet, is the founder of Turtle Light Press. He has studied at The Center For Book Arts in New York and recently was awarded one of eight emerging writer awards to attend a special three-day intensive Letterpress Printing Seminar at The Center For Book Arts. For more than 20 years, he has been a professional journalist. From 1989 - 1991, he worked as a reporter in the Jerusalem bureau of The New York Times. He has also freelanced for numerous newspapers and magazines. In addition to his work in journalism, he has been working as a haiku poet for the past ten years and has garnered several international awards for his poetry, including first prize in the James W. Hackett Award, sponsored by The British Haiku Society and third prize in the Betty Drevniok Competition, Haiku Canada. His haiku have appeared in Frogpond, Cricket, RawNervz, Blithe Spirit, Still, and other journals.


Laurel Blossom

Prize-winning poet Laurel Blossom's most recent book is Degrees of Latitude, a book-length narrative prose poem exploring the geography of a woman's life. Earlier books include Wednesday: New and Selected Poems, The Papers Said, What's Wrong, and Any Minute, a chapbook, which was nominated for the Elliston Prize. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Billy Collins, editor) and in national journals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Pequod, The Paris Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Deadsnake Apotheosis, Many Mountains Moving, and Harper's, among others.

Lee Briccetti

Lee Briccetti is the long-time Executive Director of Poets House, a 50,000-volume poetry library and meeting place in New York City. Under her leadership, Poets House developed the Poets House Showcase, an annual exhibit of new poetry books, as well as the Poetry in The Branches, a national outreach program that assists public libraries throughout the country in providing poetry services. Lee is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Award for Poetry and has been a Poetry Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her first book of poetry, Day Mark, was published in 2005 by Four Way Books.

http://www.redroom.com/files/images/lillian-delana.preview.jpg DeLana R. A. Dameron

DeLana R. A. Dameron holds a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a strong interest in the intersections of history and literature. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, 42opus, storySouth, Pembroke Magazine, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Soul Mountain and is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective. Dameron, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, currently resides in New York City. She was also the winner of the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize.


Kate Daniels

Kate Daniels' books of poetry include The White Wave, The Niobe Poems, and Four Testimonies. She has received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, a Crazyhorse Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, and the James Dickey Prize, and has been selected for LSU Press's Southern Messenger Series. Her twenty-year teaching career has taken her to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Louisiana State University, Wake Forest University, Bennington College, and Vanderbilt University, where she is currently an associate professor of English.

http://www.cas.sc.edu/engl/faculty/faculty_pages/dawes/DawesWeb.gif Kwame Dawes

Ghanaian-Jamaican writer and poet Kwame Dawes is the author of over a dozen collections of verse, including the critically-acclaimed "Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country." Dawes is also the author of numerous plays, essays and books. He is the Distinguished Poet in Residence, Louis Frye Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts and Founder and executive Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. He is the director of the University of South Carolina Arts Institute and the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, which takes place in Jamaica in May of each year.


Richard Garcia

Richard Garcia is the author of four books of poetry: Selected Poems (1972); The Flying Garcias (University of Pittsburg Press, 1991); Rancho Notorious (BOA Editions, 2001); and most recently The Persistence of Objects (BOA Editions, 2006) as well as My Aunt Otilia's Spirits, a bilingual children's book (1978). Garcia is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, and the Georgetown Review Poetry Prize. His poems have been published in more than thirty mainstream and avant-garde literary magazines, including Antioch Review, Colorado Review and Ploughshares. His work is collected in thematic anthologies of Latino literature and prose poetry. From 1991-2002, he was Poet-in-Residence at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he conducted poetry and art workshops for hospitalized children. Garcia's poem "Adam and Eve's Dog," was selected for Best American Poetry 2004.

http://bp3.blogger.com/_I15RAcnyZHY/R8w8HeiIJBI/AAAAAAAAAF8/db149u7-4Bg/s320/Aracelis.bmp Aracelis Girmay

Aracelis Girmay writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction essays. She is the author of Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007) and the collage-based picture book, changing, changing (George Braziller, 2005). A Cave Canem fellow, her poems and translations have been published in Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Callaloo, Rattapallax, and Gathering Ground, among other publications. Girmay has led community writing workshops for young people and adults at colleges, community centers, high schools, parks, fish houses, museums, and libraries.

http://endicottstudio.typepad.com/endicott_redux/images/2008/01/22/joy_harjo.jpg Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo's poetry has garnered many awards including a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award:  the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has released three award-winning CD's of original music and performances A song from her forthcoming CD, Winding Through the Milky Way, just won a New Mexico Music Award. She has received the Eagle Spirit Achievement Award for overall contributions in the arts, from the American Indian Film Festival and a US Artists Fellowship for 2009. She performs internationally solo and with her band Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band. She co-wrote the signature film of the National Museum of the American Indian, A Thousand Roads. She is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Terrance Hayes Terrence Hayes

Terrance Hayes is the author of Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002) and Muscular Music (Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Classics, 2005 and Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a National Poetry Series award, a Pushcart Prize, two Best American Poetry selections, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his family.

http://www.dinahjohnson.com/promophoto.jpg Dianne Johnson

Dianne Johnson was born in Charleston, SC. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC, went to college at Princeton University, earned her Ph.D. at Yale University, and currently resides in South Carolina where she teaches English at the University of South Carolina. She is a working on a documentary called Beautiful by Design: The Story of African American Children's Literature. She also writes children’s books under the name Dinah Johnson, including Black Magic, and Hair Dance.

http://www.skagitriverpoetry.org/r/photos/lamkin.jpg Kurtis Lamkin

Kurtis Lamkin plays the kora, a 21-string African instrument, and has performed internationally at festivals, concerts halls, prisons, and universities, as well as on radio and television shows. He was one of the featured poets on Bill Moyers’s "Fooling With Words" television special, and his animated poem "The Foxes Manifesto" was aired for two years on PBS. He is currently touring with his latest CDs, Magic Yams and String Massage. His poetry has been featured in several publications, including Paterson Literary Review, Crazy Horse, Black American Literature Forum, and Elements of Literature.

http://inhouse.unt.edu/Image/Li-Young_Lee_OneBookPoet.jpg Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently Behind My Eyes. His earlier collections are Book of My Nights; Rose, winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in Which I Love You, the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Lee's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Susan Ludvigson

Susan Ludvigson's most recent collection is SWEET CONFLUENCE, NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (2000), her seventh book of poems from LSU Press. Other recent books include TRINITY (1996) and EVERYTHING WINGED MUST BE DREAMING (1993). She has held grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Witter Bynner Foundations, the NEA, the NC Arts Council and the SC Arts Commission and has represented the U.S. at writers meetings in France, Belgium, Yugoslavia and Canada. She teaches at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/42/EdMadden_RainbowRadio-thmb.jpg Ed Madden

Ed Madden is an associate professor of English and associate director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina as well as writer in residence at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina. He earned his B.A. in English from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, a B.S. in biblical studies from the Institute for Christian Studies in Austin, Texas, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Madden is the author of Tiresian Poetics and coeditor of Geographies and Genders in Irish Studies. His essays on politics and Southern culture have appeared in many newspapers and journals and been featured on NPR. He was selected by editor Natasha Trethewey for inclusion in the anthology Best New Poets of 2007.

http://www.scbookfestival.org/img_resize2.php?maxwidth=150&maxheight=200&q=100&file=imageupload/62_author_mcmanus.jpg Ray McManus

Ray McManus's book of poetry, Driving through the country before you are born, is the 2007 winner of the SC Poetry Book Prize sponsored by the SC Poetry Initiative. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals throughout the US and Canada. He actively teaches creative writing throughout South Carolina. He was the winner of the Academy of American Poets award at USC (1997), the James Dickey award in poetry (2000), and the 2002 South Carolina Academy of Authors Poetry Fellowship.

http://www.redroom.com/files/images/Copy%203%20of%20Susan'sPicture--photos%20by%20Gene%20Furchgott%20002.jpg--copy01.preview.jpg Susan Meyers

 Susan Meyers is the author of Lessons in Leaving, a chapbook selected by Brendan Galvin for the 1998 Persephone Press Book Award. Her poems have appeared in the Southern Review, Crazyhorse, and Tar River Poetry and have been featured online at Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. A longtime writing instructor, she holds an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. Meyers grew up in North Carolina and currently lives in Givhans, South Carolina, near Summerville. Keep and Give Away was selected by Terrance Hayes as the inaugural winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize sponsored by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative.

Marilyn Nelson Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson's collections of poetry include "The Homeplace," "Magnificat" and "The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems." She has also published two collections of verse for children. Her many honors include two Pushcart Prizes, two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,  a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship and a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Nelson is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut. She is also the founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers' colony and was Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.

Photo Mary O'Malley © Image: Mary O'Malley

Mary O'Malley was born in Connemara in 1954 and educated at University College, Galway. She travels and lectures widely in Europe and America, has written for both radio and television and is a frequent broadcaster. He poems have been translated into several languages. She is a member of the Poetry Council for Ireland. She teaches on the MA in Writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her previous collections, Where the Rocks Float (1993), The Knife in the Wave (1997) and Asylum Road (2001) have been published by Salmon Poetry.


Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez is the recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Sanchez has been honored with: the National Endowment for the Arts Lucretia Mott Award in 1984; the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women; the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators; the Governor'’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities for 1988; the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom for 1989; and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for 1992-93. Sanchez's exemplary writing skills have earned her the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award in 1999. Does Your House Have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received other prestigious honors, including the Poetry Society of America's 2001 Robert Frost Medal and was named a Ford Freedman Scholar from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Her poetry was also featured in the movie, Love Jones.

Matthew Shenoda Matthew Shenoda

Matthew Shenoda is currently Assistant Provost for Equity & Diversity and a faculty member in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts. Shenoda’s debut collection of poems, "Somewhere Else," was honored as one of 2005’s debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine. It won a 2006 American Book Award and the Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, given by the Radius of Arab American Writers Inc. His latest collection, "Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone," was published this fall by BOA Editions.

http://www.teachingk-8.com/teachersk8/images/content/img/Poetry/Poetry_0307.jpg Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, including You and Yours (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, as well as 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (2002), a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East, Fuel (1998), Red Suitcase (1994), and Hugging the Jukebox (1982). Nye has received awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Carity Randall Prize, the International Poetry Forum, as well as four Pushcart Prizes. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Wittner Bynner Fellow. In 1988 she received The Academy of American Poets' Lavan Award, selected by W. S. Merwin.

Patricia Smith, Poet & Preformer

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes of which Teahouse of the Almighty was a National Poetry Series selection and winner of the first-ever Hurston/Wright Award in Poetry. Among her many honors are a Pushcart Prize and the Carl Sandburg Award. Her work has been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and other literary journals/anthologies, and performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Poets Stage in Stockholm and Rotterdam's Poetry International Festival. A four-time individual champion on the National Poetry Slam - the most successful slammer in the competition's history - Smith has also been a featured poet on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and has performed three one-woman plays, one produced by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. She collaborates often with musicians, dancers, and filmmakers.

Sonya Sones

Sonia Sones

Sonya Sones is an American writer of young adult novels. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives near the beach in Southern California. After graduating from Hampshire College she taught film at Harvard University; her other jobs have included baby clothes designer, animator, photographer, and film editor. Sones's first three novels-in-verse have won numerous awards, including a Christopher Award, the Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry, the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and a nomination for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The American Library Association has named all three of her novels-in-verse Best Books for Young Adults, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. high school level reading list.


Matthew Sweeney

His poetry collections include A Dream of Maps (1981), A Round House (1983), Blue Shoes (1989), Cacti (1992), The Bridal Suite (1997) and A Smell of Fish (2000). Selected Poems, representing the best of 10 books and 20 years' work, was published in 2002. He won a Cholmondeley Award in 1987 and an Arts Council Writers' Award in 1999. He has also published several books of poety and fiction for children. Matthew Sweeney has held residencies at the University of East Anglia and the South Bank Centre in London, and was Poet in Residence at the National Library for the Blind as part of the 'Poetry Places' scheme run by the Poetry Society in London. His latest poetry collections are Sanctuary (2004) and Black Moon (2007), the latter shortlisted for the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize.


Eamonn Wall

Eamonn Wall, born and raised in Co. Wexford, has lived in the US since 1982 and is now settled in Missouri. His poetry collections are Dyckman--200th Street (1994), Iron Mountain Road (1997), and The Crosses (2000), all published by Salmon. From the Sin-e Cafe to the Black Hills (2000), a volume of essays on the Irish Diaspora, received the Michael J. Durkan Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies for excellence in scholarship. Eamonn Wall teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

http://bp2.blogger.com/_yyMS6N_gKRg/RwYizGmWmrI/AAAAAAAAASk/ICtCqJj1Hmk/s400/thom.jpg Thom Ward

Thom Ward holds degrees in English from The College of Wooster and the SUNY College at Brockport. Currently, he is Editor/Development Director for BOA Editions, Ltd., an independent publishing house of American poetry and poetry in translation. His poetry books include Small Boat with Oars of Different Size, and the new Various Orbits. His poetry chapbook, Tumblekid, was the winner of the 1998 Devil's Millhopper Poetry Contest in 1999; a recent chapbook is Greatest Hits 1993 - 2000, published by Pudding House Press. Ward also teaches writing workshops at Roberts Wesleyan College, and through The Writers and Books Literary Center. He received a writing fellowship from The Constance Salstonstall Foundation for the Arts to finish poems for his poetry collection Among the Scattered Farms: Fifty Poems for Brigham-Smith.

http://www.regiscollege.edu/uploadedImages/Fine_Arts_Center/Writers_Read_Series/afaaweaver.jpg Afaa Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver (Michael S. Weaver) is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently The Plum Flower Dance/poems 1985 to 2005 (University of Pittsburgh Press 2007). He is also a playwright, a writer of short fiction, and a journalist. In his last year working as a factory worker, he signed a contract for his first book with Callaloo Press at the University of Virginia and received an NEA fellowship for poetry. Since that time he has been a Pew Fellow and taught in Taiwan at National Taiwan University as a Fulbright Scholar. Weaver began studying Chinese formally in 2002 and has studied here and abroad in Taiwan. He convenes an international festival on contemporary Chinese poetry at Simmons College where he is the Alumnae Professor of English. In 2008, he received a Pushcart Prize for his poem “American Income.” Ed Ochester and Michael S. Harper have compared Weaver to Walt Whitman.

http://www.creativewriting.emory.edu/images/young.jpg Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the author of six poetry collections, and editor of four others. His most recent volume, Dear Darkness, was published in September 2008 by Knopf. His fifth collection, For the Confederate Dead, won the 2007 Quill Award in Poetry and has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and on NPR. Young's first book, Most Way Home, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton, and later won the Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares. Young's second book, To Repel Ghosts, a "double album" based on the work of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, was a finalist for the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets and was reissued in a "remix" version in 2005. Young's third poetry collection, Jelly Roll, won the Paterson Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His previous collection, Black Maria, a film noir in verse, has been recently staged by the Providence Black Repertory Theater.

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