Third Annual Poetry Pavilion at the National Book Festival
Kim Addonizio is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections including Tell Me, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her most recent collection is What Is This Thing Called Love (Norton, 2004) and she makes her fiction debut late this summer with the novel Little Beauties (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Microfiction and American Poetry Review. The recipient of several awards including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize, she lives in California.
Marisa de los Santos has published poems in many literary magazines, including Poetry, Chelsea, Western Humanities Review and Prairie Schooner. Her most recent collection, From the Bones Out (University of South Carolina Press, 2000), appeared in the James Dickey Contemporary Poetry series. She has received a Delaware Arts Council Grant and a Rona Jaffe Writers Award. Her first novel, Love Walked In, is forthcoming from Dutton in December 2005. Foreign rights have been sold in eight countries and Paramount has acquired the film rights, with Sarah Jessica Parker in the starring role and Michael London scheduled to produce the film. Ms. de los Santos lives in Pennsylvania.
Alice Fulton is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her collections of poetry. Her book Felt (2001) was awarded the 2002 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress and was the Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001. She is also recipient of a Midland Authors Award and the Associated Writing Programs Award. Her work has been included in five editions of The Best American Poetry series and also has been adapted several times for musical and theatrical productions. Her most recent collection of poems is Cascade Experiment (W. W. Norton, 2004). She is currently the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Donald Hall began writing as an adolescent and attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at the age of sixteen - the same year he had his first book published. He is the author of more than 21 books of prose and 15 books of poetry including his most recent collection, The Best Day, The Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (Houghton Mifflin,2005). Among his many honors and awards are the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and the Frost Medal. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, the state where he lives.
Andrew Hudgins is the author of several poetry collections including Saints and Strangers (1985), which was short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize; The Never-Ending (1991), a finalist for the National Book Award; and his most recent, Ecstatic in the Poison (Overlook Press, 2003). His book-length poem After the Lost War: A Narrative (1988), in which he addresses the soldier's life during the Civil War, won the Poets' Prize. He is also the author of a book of essays, The Glass Anvil (1997). Mr. Hudgins's honors include fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Humanities Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University.
Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is an internationally acclaimed poet and critic. He is a best-selling anthologist whose poetry, essays, translations and criticism frequently appear in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book World, and The New York Times Book Review. His publications include Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture (Graywolf, 1991; 2001); Interrogations at Noon (2002), his third full-length collection of poems, which won the American Book Award; and Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture (Graywolf, 2004). He has taught as a visiting writer at Colorado College, Johns Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, Mercer University and Wesleyan University. Mr. Gioia lives in Washington, D.C.
Dolores Kendrick is the second person, following Sterling Brown, to be appointed Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia. Among many awards and honors, she has been inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for writers of African-American descent, an honor sponsored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and the D.C. Hall of Fame in 2005. She is the author of Through the Ceiling, Now Is the Thing to Praise, and The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women (Philips Exeter Press, 1989) which she adapted for theatrical performance in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
David Kirby is the author of more than 20 books including most recently two collections of poetry, The Ha-Ha (LSU, 2003) and I Think I Am Going to Call My Wife Paraguay: Selected Early Poems (Orchises Press, 2004). His poems have been published in volumes of The Best American Poetry series and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is a recipient of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship among other honors. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where he is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University.
Following service in the U. S. Army infantry in World War II and study in London and the Sorbonne, where he received his advanced degree, Samuel Menashe's first collection of poetry, The Many Named Beloved (1961), was published in London to wide acclaim after his search for an American publisher was unsuccessful. He persisted in writing and produced several collections including the most recent The Niche Narrows (Talisman House, 2000). In 2004, he received the Poetry Foundation's first Neglected Masters Award, designed to bring renewed critical attention to the work of an under-recognized, significant American poet. The award includes publication of a selection of his poems to be published by the Library of America in October 2005. Mr. Menashe lives in New York.
Mary Jo Salter grew up in Detroit and Baltimore, and was educated at Harvard and Cambridge University. She worked as a staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly and as poetry editor of The New Republic. A vice president of the Poetry Society of America, she is also a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. She is the author of several collections of poems including her most recent Open Shutters (Knopf, paperback, 2005). Her many awards include an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship for a year in France. An Emily Dickinson Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, she lives in Massachusetts.
A. (Alicia) E. Stallings grew up in Decatur, Georgia and studied classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford University. Her poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry series, The Pushcart Prize XXII Anthology, and in issues of The Atlantic Monthly, Iron Horse Quarterly Review, The New Criterion, and Poetry. She is the author of Archaic Smile (Univ. of Evansville Pr., 1999) and a forthcoming collection, Hapax (Northwestern Univ. Pr., Nov. 2005). Her numerous awards include the Richard Wilbur Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the James Dickey Prize, and the Nemerov Sonnet Award. She lives in Athens, Greece.
Christian Wiman's first book, The Long Home, won the 1998 Nicholas Roerich Prize. His most recent book is Hard Night (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). His poems and essays appear widely in anthologies and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Slate, The Threepenny Review, and The New Criterion. He has won numerous fellowships and awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a Gerald Freund Grant from the Whiting Foundation. He is the editor of Poetry magazine and lives in Chicago.
Poet and novelist Al Young has written more than twenty books including his most recent collection of poetry, The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990-2000 (Creative Arts Book, 2001). Since 1990, he has taught poetry and fiction writing at colleges and universities and lectured widely across the country and overseas. Among his numerous honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, the American Book Award, the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/USA Award. He lives in California where he was recently named the state's poet laureate.
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