Joseph Meredith has been a scorer of tests, a driver of limos, a remover of dead bodies, an extra man at funerals, a haunter of thrift stores, a collector of boxes, a teacher of some small note, for thirty-five years, a poet of even smaller note, for forty years, a husband, father, friend. He has published two books of poetry, Hunter's Moon: Poems from Boyhood to Manhood (1993) and Inclinations of the Heart (2010), and his work has appeared in periodicals and anthologies such as Threepenny Review, Southwest Review, Four Quarters (before an overfed president killed it), Irish Edition, Janus, Mickle Street Review (electronic incarnation), Writers' Bloc, and American Scholar. He resides in New Jersey.
Born in 1915, in St. Louis, Missouri, Ben Milder is the author of more than one thousand poems of light verse, written over the past forty-five years. In 1979, his book The Fine Art of Prescribing Glasses Without Making a Spectacle of Yourself won the American Medical Writers Association's Best New Book of the Year Award (sometimes called the "Pulitzer Prize for medical texts"). He has published six books of poetry, The Good Book Says...: Light Verse to Illuminate the Old Testament (1995), The Good Book Also Says...: Numerous Humerous Poems Inspired by the New Testament (1999), Love Is Funny, Love Is Sad (2002), The Zoo You Never Gnu: A Mad Menagerie of Bizarre Bests and Birds (2004), What's So Funny About the Golden Years (2008; out of print), and From Adolescence to Senescence: A Life in Light Verse (2010), and his light verse has been published in many magazines and journals, including the Palm Beach Post, Milwaukee Sentinel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington University Outlook, Pharos, The Critic, Long Island Night Life, LIGHT Quarterly, numerous medical journals, and the Journal of Irreproducible Results, as well as in the The Best of Medical Humor (Hanley-Belfus, 1989). Milder has taught poetry workshops at Washington University (St. Louis) and at the Palm Beach Community College Institute of New Dimensions, as well as a light-verse discussion course entitled "Ogden Nash is Alive and Well and Living in the Twentieth Century," at the Washington University Lifelong Learning Institute. Professor Emeritus of Clinical Ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Milder resides in St. Louis, with his wife, Jeanne.
As Charles Muñoz says: "My picture doesn't look like me. My poems do."
After serving as a WWII aerial gunner, Muñoz next worked as a merchant-marine officer, contentedly sailing on freighters, tankers, and passenger ships until, the world being what it was, he was called upon to board munitions ships bound for duty in the wars in Korea and Vietnam. He then came ashore for good and married the former Bernardine Martin. He's a specialist in eighteenth-century literature, a novelist (his book Stowaway was published by Random House), and a poet (Poems from a Wet Basement and Fragments of a Myth: Modern Poems on Ancient Themes, published by Time Being Books, in 2001). For a while, he entertained himself as an explorer of caves, a walker in the desert, and a writer on arctic survival for the Air Force. He then chose a more formal profession, becoming vice president of Springhouse Corporation, a publisher of books and magazines.
This is the background that enriches his poems, which are often conventionally suburban in their location (he was poet laureate of Bucks County) but wildly mythic in their subtext. He was, for five years, poetry editor of Jewish Spectator magazine. His poems have earned four nominations for the Pushcart Prize.
Brenda Marie Osbey, a New Orleans native, is an author of poetry and prose nonfiction in English and French. Her previous volumes include All Saints: New and Selected Poems, which received the 1998 American Book Award. In 2005–2007, she served as the first peer-selected poet laureate of Louisiana.
Studies of her work appear in such critical texts as Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region and Literature by Thadious M. Davis (University of North Carolina Press, 2011); Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women by Lynn Keller (U. Chicago Press, 1997); The Future of Southern Letters, edited by Jefferson Humphries and John Lowe (Oxford, 1996); and such reference works as Contemporary Authors; the Oxford Companion to African American Literature (1997); the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Oxford, 1997); and Dictionnaire des Créatrices (Éditions des Femmes, 2011).
Her essays have been published in The American Voice, Georgia Review, BrightLeaf, Southern Literary Journal and Creative Nonfiction.
She has been a resident fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, the Camargo Foundation and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University. She has received fellowships and awards also from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation among others. She is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.
She is the 2014 Langston Hughes Society Award winner, in recognition of a distinguished career in support of Black arts . . . typically poets or fiction writers in the spirit of Hughes.
History and Other Poems, her first book by Time Being Books, is now available.
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Micheal O'Siadhail was born in 1947. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Oslo. A full-time writer, he has published ten collections of poetry. He was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute prize for poetry in 1982 and the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature in 1998. His poem suites, The Naked Flame, Summerfest, Crosslight, and Dublin Spring, were commissioned and set to music for performance and broadcasting. He was also commissioned to write the lyrics for At Night as Song is with Me set to music by the American composer and arranger Rob Mathes.
His latest collections are Tongues (Bloodaxe Books, 2010), Globe (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), Love Life (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), The Gossamer Wall: Poems in Witness to the Holocaust (Time Being Books, 2002) and Our Double Time (Bloodaxe Books, 1998). Hail! Madam Jazz: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 1992) includes selections from six of his collections, The Leap Year (1978), Rungs of Time (1980), Belonging (1982), Springnight (1983), The Image Wheel (1985), as well as the whole of The Chosen Garden (1990) and a collection, The Middle Voice (1992). A selection of his earlier poetry, Poems 1975–1995, drawing on both Hail! Madam Jazz and A Fragile City (Bloodaxe Books, 1995), was published by Bloodaxe in 1999. The Gossamer Wall received a special recommendation from the judges of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize in 2003. A book of critical essays on his work, Musics of Belonging: The Poetry of Micheal O'Siadhail, edited by Marc Caball and David F. Ford, was published in 2007, by Carysfort Press. Other secondary literature includes A Hazardous Melody of Being: Seóirse Bodley’s Song Cycles on the Poems of Micheal O’Siadhail Edited by Lorraine Byrne (Bodley Carysfort Press, Dublin 2008) and An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail and Geoffrey Hill David C. Mahan (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene 2009)
For more information, see www.osiadhail.com.