Sandra ALCOSSER’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She received two fellowships from the NEA, one as its first Conservation Poet; she was Montana’s first poet laureate, and is the recipient of the Merriam Award for Distinguished Contribution to Montana Literature. Her poetry collections A Fish to Feed All Hunger and Except by Nature were honored by the National Poetry Series, the Academy of American Poets and the AWP. She founded and directs SDSU’s MFA each fall, and serves on the MFA faculty of Pacific University.
Sandra LUCKOW is a writer, producer and an award-winning filmmaker who teaches film production at Yale, Columbia and Barnard. Her first documentary, Sharp Edges, won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts, and has aired worldwide. Belly Talkers, a cross-country road trip exploring the art of ventriloquism, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. A member of the International Documentary Association and the Directors Guild of America, she founded Ojeda Films, a company devoted to independent and personal filmmaking; she was also an associate director on ABC’s One Life to Live. The documentary That Way Madness Lies… about her brother’s paranoid schizophrenia is in post-production.
Christopher MERRILL has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many works of translation and edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and six books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood among other titles. His work has been translated into nearly forty languages, his honors include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government, and his journalism appears in many publications. As director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, he has undertaken cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. His website is www.christophermerrillbooks.com.
Lincoln PAINE is a historian, author, editor, and curator whose books include the award-winning The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (2013), Down East: A Maritime History of Maine (2000), and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997). He is an editor of Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction; as a professional editor, he specializes in academic writing by non-native speakers of English. He has lectured on a range of maritime topics, including literature of the sea and naval history, in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is a trustee of the Maine Maritime Museum. His website is www.lincolnpaine.com.