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James Laughlin was born in Pittsburgh in 1914 and as a twenty-two year old sophomore at Harvard University he founded New Directions, which published some of this century's greatest writers: Ezra Pound, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Henry...

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David Budbill (1940-2016) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a streetcar driver and a minister's daughter.  He was the author of nine books of poems, nine plays, a novel, a collection...

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Alfonso D'Aquino was raised by his grandmother in an old house attached to a colonial convent in Coyoacán, Mexico. Books...

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Craig Arnold was born November 16, 1967 was an American poet and professor. His first book of poems, Shells (1999), was selected by WS

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Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to 

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John Haines was born in 1924 and for many years homesteaded in Alaska. He is the author of many volumes of poetry and essays, including The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer. Mr. Haines has been the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award...

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Matthew Dickman was born in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of two chapbooks, Amigos and Something about a Black Scarf. He has been the recipient of...

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Stephen Dobyns was born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1941. He graduated from Wayne State University and has an MFA from the University of Iowa. Dobyns has published thirteen books of poetry and twenty novels, including the popular...

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by David Bottoms

An absolutely wonderful Georgia writer. Georgians should be honored to have him as literary ambassador to their own state!

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