Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan in 1963 and was raised in Charlotte, NC. She earned a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies and an M.F.A. in poetry from Brown University. She is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, The Sleep that Changed Everything (Wesleyan University Press), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon) which received the New American Poetry Series Award, a song cycle, The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, as well as numerous chapbooks and journal publications, such as The Asheville Poetry Review, The Boston Review, The Chicago Review, and Jacket. Her poetry is also widely anthologized, included in Line: A Drawing Center Anthology, Best American Poetry 2001, The Best of Fence Magazine, and Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems.She teaches at St. John’s University in New York City and is editor of Tender Buttons Press, publishing experimental women’s poetry since 1989. With her husband, actor and director, Tony Torn, she recenlty co-founded The French Broad Institute (of Time & the River), a multimedia performance venue in Marshall, NC.
Cole Swensen is the author of 12 books of poetry, most recently Ours (U. of California, 2008). Earlier books have included a National Poetry Series selection, and winners of the S.F. State Poetry Center Book Award, The Iowa Prize, and the Sun & Moon New American Writing Award. A translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism, she won the 2004 Pen USA Award in Translation. She is also the founder and editor of La Presse Books, which publishes contemporary French poetry.
Hoa Nguyen was born near Saigon, raised in the DC area, and studied poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. She currently lives in Austin TX where she teaches creative writing, curates a reading series and, with the poet Dale Smith, edits the small press poetry imprint Skanky Possum. Her latest books include Kiss A Bomb Tattoo (Effing Press) and Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey Books).