Marilyn Nelson, daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, a founding member of Cave Canem, and finalist for several National Book Awards, has composed extensively on the lives of African Americans, including Emmett Till, George Washington Carver, and a slave named Fortune.
Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poems and a novel. She is an NEA Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of numerous other awards, including a Pushcart Prize and inclusion in the Best American Poetry series. The text of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, has been the basis for multi-lingual, multi-media performances across the U.S. and Europe and was published in French translation in 2014 by Scribe-l’Harmattan. She has traveled the world as a teacher and writer and currently serves on the faculty of the creative writing program at Georgia College & State University.
Dusty Woodruff is a classical guitarist who studied at the University of Georgia under John Sutherland, renowned pedagogue and protégé of Andrés Segovia. He has performed, as part of The Athens Guitar Duo, throughout the United States and Europe, and in cities in the People’s Republic of China and in Russia. Woodruff is also active as a soloist and concerto performer and has conducted master-classes across the world. He heads the Guitar Department at Georgia College & State University.
Friends of Susan Meyers will read her posthumous release, Self-Portrait in the River of Déjà Vu, just released by Press53. Her previous volume, My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, won the inaugural Cider Press Review Editors Prize, and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and the Robert Dana Anhinga Poetry Prize. She was the 2013 recipient of The SC Academy of Authors’ Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship. Her poems appear in Prairie Schooner, NC Literary Review, Poemeleon, and Rabbit.
Len Lawson is the author of Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019)and Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and co-editor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (Muddy Ford Press, 2017). A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, he has received fellowships from Callaloo Workshops, VT Studio Center, VA Center for the Creative Arts, Weymouth Center for the Arts, and a scholarship from the Emrys Foundation. His poetry appears in Callaloo Journal, African American Review, Verse Daily, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Len is a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of PA.
Dustin Pearson is author of A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019) and Millenial Roost (C&R Press, 2018). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. A recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, he won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize for 2015.
He has served as editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and director of the Clemson Literary Festival. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.
Teddy Norris, was Professor of English at St. Charles Community College and editor of Mid Rivers Review, the literary journal, and also served as a regional judge for Poetry Out Loud. Her poems appear in Lindenwood Review, Soundings Review, Country Dog Review, Little Patuxent Review, Broad River Review and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Pillars of Salt, was released in 2015 by Finishing Line Press.
Judith Pacht, of Los Angeles, debuts her second collection, Infirmary for a Private Soul (Tebot Bach), and a new chapbook, A Cumulus Fiction (Finishing Line Press). A two-time Pushcart nominee, her work includes poems published in Ploughshares, Runes, Phoebe, Cider Press Review, and Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia).
Libby Bernardin’s first full collection is Stones Ripe for Sowing (Press 53, 2018). She has two chapbooks, The Book of Myth (SC Poetry Initiative, 2009) and Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals. In 2015, she won the SC Poetry Society Forum Prize. Her poem, "Transmigration," winner of the NC Poetry of Witness Award and published in Pinesong, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.
Tim Conroy is a poet and former educator. His work has been published in journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, Jasper, UGA Press, and Marked by Water. In 2017, Muddy Ford Press published his first book of poetry, Theologies of Terrain, edited by Ed Madden, poet laureate of Columbia. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, established in his brother’s honor, Tim Conroy lives in Columbia.
Fred Dings’s books of poetry include Eulogy for a Private Man (TriQuarterly Books), After the Solstice (Orchises Press), and two chapbooks, Vespers and The Bruised Sky. His poems appear in The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Dings teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina.