Edward Hirsch, judge of the 2011 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including For the Sleepwalkers, winner of the Lavan Young Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; Wild Gratitude, recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award; How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry; Special Orders; and most recently, The Living Fire. Hirsch has received many awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. He is currently the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Carolyn Creedon is the winner of the 2011 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for her book Wet. She is a writer, editor, and fifteen year veteran of the waitress wars. Creedon completed the Ada Comstock program at Smith College, and earned an MFA at the University of Virginia, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2010 she was awarded the Alehouse Happy Hour Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Yale Review, Rattle, Best New Poets, Best of the Best American Poets, and elsewhere. Creedon lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Paul Andrews and her dog, Medusa.
Ruth L. Schwartz is the author of five books of poetry, including Edgewater, a National Poetry Series winner; Dear Good Naked Morning, recipient of the Autumn House Poetry Prize; and most recently Miraculum. She is also the author of the memoir, Death in Reverse, and her creative nonfiction frequently appears in The Sun. Schwartzâ€™s poetry has been widely anthologized, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Pablo Neruda prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Astraea Foundation. Schwartz holds a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, maintains a private healing practice, offers workshops nationally, and teaches in the MFA Program at Ashland University.
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Heather Kirn Lanier is the author of Teaching in the Terrordome: Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach for America. Her chapbook, The Story You Tell Yourself, was a winner of the 2010 Wick Chapbook competition for Ohio poets. She has received a Rona Jaffe-Bread Loaf Scholarship in nonfiction and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, also in nonfiction. Her work has been noted in The Best American Essays Series, lauded by The Atlantic Monthly, and published in dozens of literary journals, including The Southern Review, Fourth Genre, The Cincinnati Review, The Threepenny Review, and The Sun.
Pamela Uschuk is the author of six books of poems, including Finding Peaches in the Desert, Scattered Risks, Without the Comfort of Stars: New and Selected Poems (New Delhi, India), and Wild In The Plaza of Memory. Her poetry collection, CRAZY LOVE, won the 2010 American Book Award. Translated into a dozen languages, her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, such as Poetry, Agni Review, Best of the West, and Hunger Mountain. Uschuk is the recipient of many awards, including the War Poetry Prize New Millenium Poetry Prize, and the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women. Uschuk was the John C.Hodges Visiting Poet at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is currently the editor-in-chief of Cutthroat, as well as the director of the Cutthroat Online Writing Mentorship Program.
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