POETS

Rodger Kamenetz was born in Baltimore and lives in New Orleans. He is the Erich and Lea Sternberg Honors Professor at Louisiana State University and a professor in the Department of English and Department of Philosophy and Religion. His five books of poetry include The Missing Jew: New and Selected Poems, Stuck: Poems Midlife, and his most recent volume, The Lowercase Jew. He has been called "the most formidable of Jewish American poets." He is also the author of the landmark international bestseller The Jew in the Lotus and the National Jewish Book Award-winning Stalking Elijah. His memoir, Terra Infirma, has been described as "the most beautiful book ever written about a mother and son." His latest book is The History of Last Night's Dream, a study of dreams and interpretation, and their role in religious experience.

For more information, please see www.kamenetz.com.

 

Norbert Krapf grew up in Jasper, Indiana, a German community, and taught, from 1970 to 2004, at Long Island University, where he directed the C. W. Post Poetry Center for eighteen years. He now lives in Indianapolis. A graduate of St. Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Indiana), which awarded him an honorary doctorate, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Notre Dame. His poetry volumes include the trilogy Somewhere in Southern Indiana: Poems of Midwestern Origins, Blue-Eyed Grass: Poems of Germany, and Bittersweet Along the Expressway: Poems of Long Island, as well as The Country I Come From, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Looking for God's Country , and Invisible Presence: A Walk through Indiana in Photographs and Poems, with Darryl Jones. He is the editor of Finding the Grain, a collection of pioneer German journals and letters from his native Dubois County, and Under Open Sky, a gathering of writings, by contemporary American poets, on William Cullen Bryant. He is also the translator/editor of Shadows on the Sundial: Selected Early Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke and Beneath the Cherry Sapling: Legends from Franconia. Winner of the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, he has been a U.S. Exchange Teacher at West Oxon Technical College, England, and Fulbright Professor of American Poetry at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.


 

Born in northern Nevada in 1946, Louis is the eldest of twelve children. Of mixed heritage, Louis is of Lovelock Paiute descent. He moved from Nevada to South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation.

Louis graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor's and MA in Creative Writing. Louis was also a former journalist and along with being editor of four tribal newspapers, he was the managing editor of Indian Country Today and a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association.

Louis has ten published books of poetry and two novels, including Blood Thirsty Savages by Time Being Books, in 1994. His poetry and fiction have garnered him much recognition and awards. His work has been praised by some of the other notable modern Native American writers, including Sherman Alexie, N. Scott Momaday, James Welch and Leslie Marmon Silko. In 1999, he was added to the Nevada Writer's Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was awarded the Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and the Cohen Award for best published poem in Ploughshares. He is also the recipient of the Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Nebraska Arts Council, the National Endowment of the Arts and the Lila Wallace–Reader's Digest Foundation.

Louis taught English at Pine Ridge's Oglala Lakota College from 1984–1997; since 1999, he has taught in the Minnesota State University systems.

 

Leo Luke Marcello was born in DeRidder, Louisiana, in 1945. He had a B.A. from Tulane University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, with additional study at the University of Dallas and Catholic University of America. He is the author of The Secret Proximity of Everywhere, Blackrobe's Love Letters, Silent Film, and Nothing Grows in One Place Forever: Poems of a Sicilian American. He edited and published Everything Comes to Light: A Festschrift for Joy Scantlebury. His awards include two Shearman Fellowships, a Shearman Endowed Professorship, a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Deep South Writers' Competition, and the David Lloyd Kreeger Award. He taught at Howard University, Catholic University of America, Louisiana State University, McNeese State University, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and in Wales.

 

Gardner McFall is the author of The Pilot's Daughter and Russian Tortoise (Time Being Books). She is also the editor of Made with Words, a prose miscellany, by May Swenson (University of Michigan Press), the author of two children's books, Jonathan's Cloud (Harper & Row) and Naming the Animals (Viking), and the librettist for Amelia, an opera commissioned by Seattle Opera, with music by Daron Hagen. Ms. McFall, who has received a "Discovery"/ The Nation award and the Missouri Review's Thomas McAfee Prize for Poetry, earned her master's degree from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and her doctorate, in English, from New York University. She lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.

To read reviews of Amelia: the Libretto, click here and here.

For more information on Gardner Mcfall and her work, please visit: www.gardnermcfall.com