ann bracken

Ann Bracken

is a writer, educator, and expressive arts consultant whose poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in  Little Patuxent Review, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems, Reckless Writing Anthology: Emerging Poets of the 21st Century, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Pif Magazine, ScribbleNew Verse News, and PraxillaAnn Bracken was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She serves as a contributing editor for Little Patuxent Review and leads workshops at creativity conferences, including The Creative Problem Solving Institute, Florida Creativity, and Mindcamp of Toronto. Ann’s work during the past forty years has focused on giving women and children a voice. She is the founder of the Possibility Project, which offers expressive arts and creativity workshops for women of all ages, as well as poetry workshops in schools. Ann Bracken is a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She lives in Columbia, MD.

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Sarah Browning

is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock. She is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and a featured writer for Other Words. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), now in its second printing, and coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004), she is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, a Creative Communities Initiative grant, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. In March, 2014 Browning co-edited a special Split This Rock issue of POETRY Magazine with Don Share. She co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, now in its ninth year. She previously worked supporting socially engaged women artists with WomenArts and developing creative writing workshops with low-income women and youth with Amherst Writers & Artists. She has been a community organizer in Boston public housing and a grassroots political organizer on a host of social and political issues.

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Grace Cavalieri

celebrates 39 years of being on public radio with “The Poet and The Poem” now recorded at The Library of Congress. Grace’s career includes being a founder of WPFW-FM; after that, Associate Director for Children’s Programming, PBS; and then a Senior Media Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities. She’s the founder of two poetry presses in DC, still thriving, and is presently the poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Grace Cavalieri was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Washington Independent Review. She received the George Garrett Award from AWP, the Allen Ginsberg, Paterson Award, Bordighera, and Columbia Poetry Awards, A Pen Fiction Award, plus CPB’s Silver Medal.  Her new book is WITH (Somondoco Press 2016.) She’s the author several books and produced plays. The most recent play, “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory.” (Theatre for the New City, NYC 2012)

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Michael Friend is the Executive Director/Founder of Soul In Motion Players, Inc. (SIMPINC). Since 1984 SIMPINC has been committed to sharing the richness of the African culture with diverse audiences around the country. SIMPINC studied African Dance and Drum in Dakar Senegal with Bouly Sonko, the former director of Le Ballet National du Senegal. With a grant from The Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery Council, SIMPINC has provided free African Dance and Drumming Classes in the Lincoln Park community of Rockville, MD. As a resident performance company at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, MD, Soul in Motion was the recipient of the 2011 Montgomery County Executive Community Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.


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Le Hinton,

is the author of five poetry collections including The Language of Moisture and Light (Iris G. Press, 2014). His work has been widely published and can be found or is forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2014, Little Patuxent Review, the Baltimore ReviewThe Summerset Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and outside Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, incorporated into Derek Parker's sculpture Common Thread. His current manuscript, A Chorus for Cotton, is scheduled to be published later in 2016 or early 2017. He is the founder and co-editor of the poetry journal Fledgling Rag.


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Merrill Leffler,

is the author of Mark the Music, his third collection of poetry, published in May 2012. His first two collections were Partly Pandemonium and Take Hold. With Moshe Dor, he guest-edited an issue of Shirim, with their translations of poems by the late Israeli poet Eytan Eytan. Leffler is the publisher of Dryad Press (www.dryadpress.com). He has guest edited The Changing Orders: Poetry from Israel, for Poet Lore and for Shirim, The Poetry of Eytan Eytan, which he translated from the Hebrew with Moshe Dor, and Dryad at 40. The publisher of Dryad Press, Leffler has taught literature at the University of Maryland and US Naval Academy and was a senior science writer at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Program. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland where he has served as Poet Laureate and hosts the Third Thursday Poetry Series.