top of page

Artists’ Biographies

Jinane Abbadi

Abbadi is a Moroccan-born visual artist residing in San Diego. Her interests include colonial and postcolonial studies, Orientalism, and the issues of colonial power dominance and their influence on identity and creativity. Abbadi received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts and interdisciplinary studies from San Diego State University. She serves on the board of Karama, San Diego, an independent nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote greater understanding of the issues facing the Arab and Islamic worlds. She has been working in the areas of painting, printmaking, and bookmaking and has been associated with Brighton Press since 2004.

Merilyn Britt

After working for many years in commercial book publishing, Britt began creating limited-edition books by hand and dyeing paper with plant-derived pigments. Her paintings, books, and woven paper compositions have been exhibited in the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. They are included in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego.


Brian Cohen

Cohen is an educator, artist, and writer. He graduated from Haverford College and completed his master’s degree in painting at the University of Washington. In 1989 he founded Bridge Press to further the association and integration of visual image, original text, and book structure. As a printmaker, Cohen has shown in forty individual exhibitions, including a retrospective in 1997 at the Fresno Art Museum, and he has participated in over 150 group shows. Cohen’s books and etchings are held by major private and public collections throughout the country.

Robert Cremean

Cremean was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1932, and was educated at Alfred University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1954 he received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Italy. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, and he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale 34. With the exception of the pieces in process in his studio, all of his work is held either in private or public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum, and Stanford University Library, Special Collections. Comprehensive bodies of work are held at the Fresno Art Museum and the Crocker Art Museum in California. A catalogue raisonné THE ART OF ROBERT CREMEAN—An Encyclopedic View was published by Manuscript Press in 2017. Cremean lives and works in Burgundy, France.

Liz Hawkes deNiord

DeNiord, primarily a painter of large abstract canvases, works occasionally in printmaking, finding it an excellent medium for unexpected outcomes. Her work can be found at and Magcloud book

Miya Hannan

Hannan is a visual artist who combines sculpture, installation, and two-dimensional media. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. Hannan worked as a radiation technologist in her native Japan until 1998, when she moved to the United States to pursue her art education and to learn English. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Eric Lindbloom

Lindbloom, born in 1934, was an independent photographer who had over thirty solo exhibitions over his career, including at Gallery 292 in New York City, the Driskel Gallery in Provincetown, and the Center for Photography in Woodstock. He had two monographs of his photographs published: Angels at the Arno (Godine), and Salt Grass (Lodima Press). Lindbloom’s photographs are in public collections, including the New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Alinari Museum in Florence, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. His work is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. He died in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2020.

Nelle Martin

Martin, a native of California, is the Master Printer and Production Designer at Brighton Press, where she began as an apprentice in 1987. She has a BFA in painting, printmaking, and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Certificate in Architectural Drafting from the Phoenix Institute of Technology. Her artist’s books are housed in numerous public and private collections in the United States. She has taught at San Diego State University and the Art Institute of San Diego. Her paintings and books have been exhibited both locally and nationally.

Harry Mattison

Mattison has professionally photographed in the Middle East, Europe, Central America, and Africa for over twenty years. He has had photographs in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Figaro, Paris Match, Double Take and Stern, as well taken photos for various national agencies like the Human Rights Commission of Honduras. In 1982, he was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for photography and was a 1999 recipient of a Washington D.C. Arts Council Grant. Harry has exhibited and published his photographs widely, including at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the International Center for Photography, and had a twenty-year retrospective of his photography in 1994 at The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, the Corcoran School of Art, the University of New Orleans, and the Ansel Adams Workshop and is Professor Emeritus at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

DeLoss McGraw

McGraw was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, in 1945. He was educated at the Otis Art Institute, California State University, Long Beach, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His paintings, sculpture, and books have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. McGraw’s works are held in numerous public collections including the Getty Research Institute, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Library of Congress. He lives and works in Oklahoma.

Manuel Neri

Neri is known primarily for his figurative sculpture in plaster, bronze, and marble, and for his participation in the San Francisco Bay Area Figurative movement during the 1950s and 1960s. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NEA Individual Artist Grant. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Olda Procházka

Procházka was born twenty miles from Mahler’s birthplace in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, in 1927. He was educated at Charles University in Prague where he later became a professor of philosophy and taught from 1954 to 1980. From 1966 to 1968 he was a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University. During the 1970s Procházka began to exhibit his sculpture and drawings in several museums and institutions in Czechoslovakia. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States, and eventually to San Diego where he began making etchings with Bill Kelly at Brighton Press. He died in San Diego in 2003.

James Renner

Renner is one of the founding members of Brighton Press, with which he has also published three artist’s books. These books are housed in over thirty public rare book collections, including the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress. He has had seven solo shows of his sculptures, drawings, and collages along with numerous group shows at venues including Taylor Bercier Fine Arts in New Orleans, Rico Maresca in New York City, and the Fresno and Oceanside Art Museums in California. He was born and still resides in San Diego.

Faith Ringgold

Ringgold is a painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, activist, and writer born in Harlem, New York, best known for her narrative quilts. She has won numerous awards such as two National Endowment for the Arts awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the NAACP Image Award. She taught art at the University of California, San Diego from 1987-2002. She has written and illustrated seventeen children’s books. Her work is held by numerous museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

Derli Romero

Romero was born in Sinaloa, Mexico. He studied at the National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking “La Esmerelda,” in Mexico City. He has exhibited his paintings and graphic art in Mexico and the United States. He worked as a printer at Brighton Press in the 1990s and went on to found Nihil Obstadt Press in Morelia, Mexico. Romero’s work is held in several public collections in the United States and Mexico, including Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and Temple University.

David Schirm

Schirm was born in Pittsburgh in 1945. He received a full scholarship and graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1967. After returning from a tour in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he attended Indiana University and received an MFA in 1972. He taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Cincinnati, UCLA, USC, Otis Art Institute, and The University at Buffalo. His work has appeared in over thirty solo exhibitions at national and international venues. His paintings were included in several major group exhibitions, including Directions at the Hirschhorn Museum, The Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, and Painting and Sculpture Today at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships to India and Sri Lanka and was awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Drawing and Painting. Schirm was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Indiana University and is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in American Arts.

Harry Sternberg

Sternberg achieved a national reputation as a painter, graphic artist, author, filmmaker, and teacher. Born in 1904 on the Lower East Side of New York, he remained there for the next sixty-three years, working as an artist and teacher. He influenced generations of young artists at the Art Students League where he taught for thirty-four years. His first one-man show was held at the Weyhe Gallery in 1932, and he exhibited at the first Whitney Museum Invitational Annual in 1937. He had numerous one-man shows at museums and galleries here and abroad. He is represented in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sternberg died in 2001.

Fernando de Szyszlo

Szyszlo was a painter and printmaker born in Lima, Peru. He studied at the School of Plastic Arts of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. After his graduation in 1948, he traveled to Europe where he studied the works of the masters, particularly Rembrandt, Titian, and Tintoretto, and absorbed the varied influences of Cubism, Surrealism, and abstraction. While in Paris he met Octavio Paz and André Breton and was part of a group of expatriate Latin American artists and writers. Upon his return to Peru, Szyszlo became a major force for artistic renewal in his country breaking new ground by expressing a Peruvian subject matter in a nonrepresentational style. He taught at Cornell and Yale Universities. He died in 2017, in Lima, Peru.

Julia Talcott

Talcott is a printmaker, illustrator, and owner of Studio 80 near Boston, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Williams College and the Cranbrook Academy of Art where she received her MFA. She has taught at the Art Institute of Boston, the New England School of Art and Design, and Monserrat College of Art. Creator of the 1996 Christmas stamp for the US Postal Service, she has received four certificates of design excellence from Print Magazine. Her work is held in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.

Ian Tyson

Tyson is a sculptor living and working in Provence, France. He has been making artist’s books for almost fifty years. He founded Tetrad Press (1970-95) followed by, in 1995. Recent exhibitions include “Sculptures and Wall Drawings,” Eric Linard Gallerie, Droma, France, “Dialogues,” Couvent de la Tourette, Eveux, France, and “Livres d’artiste / estampes,” L’Ami Voyage, Avignon, France. His work is in many public and private collections in Europe and the United States.

Jenny Yoshida Park

Yoshida Park studied art at UC Berkeley and is an MFA graduate of San Diego State University in graphic design and book arts. She publishes her own editions of artists' books under the imprint Evidence of the Hand Press. Her own work questions the authority of our traditional hierarchies of knowledge and draws from the gut feelings, trivial flotsam, idiosyncrasies, tragedies, and embarrassments that get edited out.

Writers Biographies

Juvenal Acosta

Acosta is a writer who has published fiction, journalism, and poetry. He is the author of the novels The Tattoo Hunter and The Violence of Velvet and has edited anthologies of contemporary Mexican poetry published by City Lights Books. He received his BA from New College of California and his PhD from the University of California, Davis. Acosta is the Dean of the Writing Department at California College of the Arts.


Sandra Alcosser

Alcosser shares thirty acres in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana with a dwindling population of bear, moose, elk, and mountain lion and has served as Montana’s first Poet Laureate. Her poetry collection Except by Nature received numerous national awards including the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Alcosser received three fellowships from the NEA, and her poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and been writer-in-residence at Glacier National Park and the Central Park Zoo. Alcosser is also a founder of the MFA program at San Diego State University, where she is a professor of poetry, fiction, and feminist poetics.

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson’s book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, from Alice James Books, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, from Curbstone Books, a grant from the Academy of American Poets. His play, Short Timers, was produced at Theater for the New City in New York City in 1981. His memoir, Keep Your Head Down, Vietnam, the Sixties and a Journey of Self-Discovery, was published by W.W. Norton in 2009. His book of poems is Horse Medicine, from Barrow Street, was published in 2015. His new book, Undress, She Said, was published by Four Way Books in September of 2022. His work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Field, and other publications. He has written critical articles for the New York Times Book Review, The London Times Literary Supplement, and The Boston Globe. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Poets & Writers, and other funding agencies. He has taught at Emerson and Smith Colleges, the University of Massachusetts, and the MFA programs at Pacific University of Oregon and Bennington College. He is an affiliate of the Joiner Center for the Study of War and its Social Consequences at UMASS Boston.

Elizabeth Brinsfield

Brinsfield grew up in New Jersey and earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Her writing has appeared in Word Riot, Tupelo Quarterly, CutBank, and Matter Press.

Matthew Burgess

Burgess is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of eight children's books: Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings (Enchanted Lion Books), The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon (Knopf), Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring (ELB), The Bear and The Moon (Chronicle), Bird Boy (Knopf), Make Meatballs Sing: The Life & Art of Corita Kent (ELB), The Red Tin Box (Chronicle), and Sylvester’s Letter (ELB). Burgess has edited an anthology of visual art and writing titled Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space (Secretary Press), as well as a collection of essays titled Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry (TWC). More books are forthcoming, including: As Edward Imagined: A Story of Edward Gorey (Knopf, 2024), Fireworks (Harper Collins, 2024), and Words With Wings and Magic Things (Tundra, 2025). A poet-in-residence in New York City public schools since 2001, Burgess serves as a contributing editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine. 

François Cheng

Cheng is a Chinese-born poet, essayist, novelist, calligrapher, and art historian who has lived in Paris since 1949. He is the author of essays, novels, collections of poetry, and books on art written in the French language, and is the translator of some of the great French poets into Chinese. Among his books are Empty and Full: The Language of Chinese Painting, The Way of Beauty, and the novels The River Below, and Green Mountain, White Cloud. In 2002, he became the first person of Asian origin elected to the French Academy.

Chard deNiord

DeNiord grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was educated at Lynchburg College, Yale Divinity School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poetry collections include InterstateThe Double TruthNight Mowing, and Sharp Golden Thorn, among others. DeNiord has also authored two books of interviews with renowned American poets, Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Reflections and Conversations with Twentieth Century American Poets, and I Would Lie to You If I Could. He is professor of English at Providence College and lives in Putney, Vermont, with his wife, Liz. He is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Vermont.

Peter Everwine

Everwine was born in Michigan and raised in western Pennsylvania. He authored seven books of poetry and numerous translations. His most recent collection of poems is Listening Long and Late (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). He also translated poetry from the Hebrew and Aztec languages. Everwine taught at California State University, Fresno, and Reed College. He was a senior Fulbright lecturer in American poetry at the University of Haifa, Israel. He was the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in literature, and fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He lived in Fresno, California, until his death in late 2018.


Carolyn Forché

Forché is the author of five books of poetry, most recently In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press, 2020), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and also Blue Hour (2004), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Angel of History (1995), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Country Between Us (1982), winner of the Lamont Prize of the Academy of American Poets, and Gathering the Tribes (1976), winner of the Yale Series of Young Poets Prize.

She is also the author of a prose book, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press, 2019), winner of Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.”  She was one of the first poets to receive the Windham Campbell Prize from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, and in 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award.

She has translated the poetry of Claribel Alegría, Robert Desnos, Lasse Söderberg, Fernando Valverde and Mahmoud Darwish. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and in 1990, Lannan Foundation.  Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is Distinguished University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Maryland with her husband, photographer Harry Mattison.

Janet Frame

Frame was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1924, and is the country’s best-known author. Over three decades, she wrote twelve novels, a three-volume autobiography, as well as many short stories and poems. A 1990 film by Jane Campion, An Angel at My Table, was based on Frame’s autobiography and led to a wider readership. She received numerous literary honors, and was named a New Zealand Icon by the Prime Minister. She died in Dunedin in 2004.

C. G. Hanzlicek

Hanzlicek was born in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 1942. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota in 1964 and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  He is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently, The Lives of Birds. He has translated Native American songs, A Bird’s Companion, and poems from the Czech, Mirroring: Selected Poems of Vladimir Holan, which won the Robert Payne Award from the Columbia University Translation Center in 1985. In the summer of 2001, he retired from California State University, Fresno, where he taught for thirty-five years and was, for most of those years, the Director of the Creative Writing Program.


Dave Hickey

Hickey, born in Fort Worth, Texas, is a celebrated art critic who has written for publications like Rolling Stone, Art News, Artforum, The London Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and Art in America, where he also served as Executive Editor. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 and a Peabody Award in 2006 for his PBS American Masters documentary on Andy Warhol. His essays are collected in the books, Invisible Dragons: Four Essays on Beauty and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy.

Marie Luise Kaschnitz

Kaschnitz was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1901, and was renowned in her home country as a distinguished poet and writer of fiction and essays, authoring more than thirty books. Having remained in Germany through the Nazi regime and the Second World War, she became an important voice in literature concerned with confronting the immediate past. In her life she received the Georg Büchner Prize and Roswitha Prize, and, after her death in 1974, a literary prize was established to commemorate her.

Mary Julia Klimenko

Klimenko began writing poetry in 1973, soon after she began modeling for artist Manuel Neri. She received dual master’s degrees in creative writing and psychology from San Francisco State University where she taught from 1983 to 1986. Klimenko’s poems have appeared in numerous publications from 1978 to the present. She has been the primary model for Manuel Neri since 1972, as well as a psychotherapist in private practice in Benicia, California.

Janet Lewis

Lewis, born in Chicago in 1899, was known for her poetry, historical novels, short stories, and opera libretti. Her books of poetry include, The Earth-Bound 1924-1944 and Poems Old and New, 1918-1978. Among her historical novels are The Wife of Martin Guerre and The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron. Lewis was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1950. She taught at Stanford University and at the University of California, Berkeley. Lewis died in 1998 in Los Altos, California.

Li He

A Chinese poet of the Middle Tang Dynasty, Li He was born in the year 791. His method of composition was riding on horseback with a bag full of paper pieces which he would pull out when the idea for a phrase hit him and write it down. When he returned home in the evening he would assemble them into a poem. He often explored the supernatural in his poems, and was also nicknamed the Ghost. He died at the age of twenty-seven in AD 817.

Frances Mayes

Mayes is a poet, memoirist, and essayist originally from Georgia. In 1975 she earned her MA from San Francisco State University, where she eventually became professor of Creative Writing, director of the Poetry Center, and chair of the Department of Creative Writing. While there, she wrote the text The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems. She is the author of numerous books and is best known for her memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun.

Stephen Metcalfe

Metcalfe was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1953. His plays include Vikings, Strange Stew, Half a Lifetime, White Linen, Sorrows and Sons, Spittin Image, Baseball Play, Pilgrims, The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers. His work has been produced in New York City and at many regional theaters throughout the country. His screenplays and teleplays include Half a Lifetime, Cousins, Jacknife, Summer, and Roommates. Metcalfe is a member of the Playwright’s Unit at the Manhattan Theater Club and is an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. He has published two novels, The Tragic Age in 2014, and The Practical Navigator in 2016.

Lisel Mueller

Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924. The daughter of teachers, her family was forced to flee the Nazi regime when Mueller was fifteen, settling in the Chicago area. She attended the University of Evansville, where her father was a professor, and did her graduate study at Indiana University. Drawn to modernism, she wrote thirteen books of poetry, winning numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, as well as being named the Poet Laureate of Illinois. She also translated poetry from German, most recently Circe’s Mountain by Marie Luise Kaschnitz.

Susan Narucki

For over three decades, American soprano Susan Narucki has forged a unique path; her dedication to the music of our time has led to award-winning recordings, critically acclaimed performances with musicians of the first rank, and close collaborations with generations of composers. She has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles  Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Netherlands Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with contemporary music groups across the globe. Her extensive discography includes music of Claude Vivier,  Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Louis Andriessen, and most recently, The Edge of Silence: Vocal Chamber Music of György Kurtág (AVIE Records),  nominated for a 2019 Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Recording. The recording was included in The New York Times Best Classical Tracks of  2019 and was named a Critic’s Choice of Opera News. Narucki serves as Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San  Diego.

Jerome Rothenberg

Rothenberg is an internationally known poet, translator, anthologist, and performance artist who has written over eighty books of poetry and collected ten assemblages of traditional and contemporary work, such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. A book of essays, Poetics & Polemics, 1985-2005, appeared in 2008, and his recent books of poetry include Triptych, Gematria Complete, Concealments & Caprichos, and Retrievals: Uncollected & New Poems, 1955-2010. His awards include an American Book Award and two Guggenheim Fellowships. He is the editor of the Poems and Poetics blog.

Martha Serpas

Serpas, a native of southern Louisiana, is a poet, environmentalist, and hospital chaplain. Three volumes of her poetry have been published, Cote Blanche, The Dirty Side of the Storm, and The Diener. Her poems have been included in Southwest Review, The New Yorker, and The Nation, and her essays on Cajun culture and the environment have appeared in The New York Times and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion. She co-produced Veins in the Gulf, a documentary on Louisiana’s land loss. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

W. D. Snodgrass

Snodgrass was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1926. He was educated at Geneva College and the University of Delaware. He received fellowships from the Guggenheim and the Ingram Merrill Foundations, the Academy of American Poets, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book of poems, Hearts Needle, won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize, and subsequent books of poetry, essays, songs, and translations have achieved worldwide recognition. He died in 2009 in Madison County, New York.

Bianca Stone

Stone is a writer and visual artist. She was born and raised in Vermont and moved to New York City in 2007 where she received her MFA from NYU. Stone is the author of the poetry collections Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, and Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours and most recently, The Mobius Strip Club of Grief. She and her husband the poet Ben Pease co-run the Ruth Stone Foundation and letterpress studio.

Ruth Stone

Stone was born in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1915. She wrote thirteen books of poetry, most recently What Love Comes To, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Among her many recognitions are the Wallace Stevens Award, the National Book Award, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. She taught at SUNY Binghamton for twenty-three years. In 2007 Stone was named Poet Laureate of Vermont. She died in 2011.

Dylan Thomas

Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales, in 1914. He worked in his early years as a journalist and scriptwriter. His first book of poetry, 18 Poems, was published when he was twenty. His most famous works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”; the ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.” He died in New York in 1953, at the age of thirty-nine.

Emilio Adolfo Westphalen

Westphalen was born in Lima, Peru, in 1911. His career as a poet and writer spans many decades, during which he was also a diplomat and a teacher. Westphalen is strongly identified with the Peruvian surrealist poetry movement of which he and Cesár Moro were leaders in the 1930s. His collected works, Bajo Zarpas de la Quimera: Poemas 1930-1988, was published in Madrid in 1992. He died in Lima in 2001.

Nancy Willard

Willard, born in 1936, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She published two novels, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water, and twelve books of poetry, including her selected poems, Swimming Lessons. She also published short story collections, books of essays–primarily about writing–and many children’s books. Her book, A Visit to William Blakes Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1981. Other awards include the O. Henry Award, Crawford Award, Golden Kite Award for Fiction, and the Michigan Author Award. In 2013, Willard retired from teaching at Vassar College after forty-seven years. She died at home in Poughkeepsie, New York, in February of 2017.

bottom of page