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Elizabeth Seydel Morgan has published four books of poetry with Louisiana State University Press, most recently, Without a Philosophy, winner of the L.E. Philabaum Poetry Award. Her fifth collection, Spans: New and Selected Poems, will appear in Fall, 2014. Her poetry has appeared in many anthologies, including Poetry Daily and Billy Collins' Poetry 180, as well as periodicals such as Poetry, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Iowa Review and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Online, her work has appeared in Cortland Review, Blackbird and Poetry Daily. Morgan has also written short stories honored by awards from The VQR and Southern Review, a screenplay that won the Governor's Award at the Virginia Film Festival, and a translation of Euripides' Electra for the Penn Greek Drama Series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Morgan studied creative writing with Louis D. Rubin, Jr., at Hollins College, and poetry writing with Dave Smith for her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. She initiated the creative writing courses at St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's school, which she taught for twenty years. She has also taught poetry writing at University of Richmond, Washington and Lee University, Randolph Macon Women's College, Virginia Correctional Center for Women and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School. Morgan received an NEH grant to study at Harvard Summer Seminars with Helen Vendler, and eight fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  She was Louis D. Rubin Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in 2007, and in 2008 she taught poetry in France and at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently past-president of the Richmond Public Library Foundation and a Board Member of VCU's Cabell Library Associates.
Ron Smith’s book Its Ghostly Workshop was published in 2013 by Louisiana State University Press. His Moon Road: Poems 1986-2005 was published by LSU in 2007. Smith is also the author of Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery, runner-up for the National Poetry Series Open Competition and the Samuel French Morse Prize, and subsequently published by University Presses of Florida. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The Nation, New England Review, Southern Review, and in anthologies from Wesleyan University Press, Time-Life Books, University of Virginia Press, University of Georgia Press, University of Illinois Press, Raffaelli Editore, and elsewhere. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, H-Arete, and The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Smith holds degrees (B.A., M.A., M.H., M.F.A.) from University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University in philosophy, English, general humanities, and creative writing. He has also studied creative writing at Bennington College in Vermont, British drama at Worcester College, Oxford University, and Renaissance and modern culture and literature at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Merano, Italy. His awards and honors include the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, the Guy Owen Poetry Prize, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship. He has taught poetry writing and twentieth-century American poetry at the University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a former President of the Poetry Society of Virginia and has been a Trustee for the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and a member of the Board of Directors for James River Writers. Ron Smith is the Writer-in-Residence and the George O. Squires Chair of Distinguished Teaching at St. Christopher's School, in Richmond, Virginia, where he also occasionally teaches courses in the University of Richmond’s Master of Liberal Arts Program. In 2009 he was named Poetry Editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature and recently selected poems for a “best of” Aethlon anthology. In June of 2014 Ron Smith was named Poet Laureate of Virginia by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
David Wojahn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1953, and educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona. His first collection, Icehouse Lights, was chosen by Richard Hugo as a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, and published in 1982. The collection was also the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Book Award. His second collection, Glassworks, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1987, and was awarded the Society of Midland Authors’ Award for best volume of poetry to be published during that year. Pittsburgh is also the publisher of four of his subsequent books, Mystery Train (1990), Late Empire (1994), The Falling Hour (1997) and Spirit Cabinet (2002). Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004, published by Pittsburgh in 2006, was a named  finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the O. B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is also the author of two collections of  essays on contemporary poetry, Strange Good Fortune (University of Arkansas Press, 2001) and From the Valley of Making (University of Michigan Press, 2015); editor (with Jack Myers) of A Profile of 20th Century American Poetry (Southern Illinois University Press, 1991), and editor of two posthumous collections of Lynda Hull’s poetry, The Only World (HarperCollins, 1995) and Collected Poems (Graywolf, 2006). He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Virginia, Illinois and Indiana Councils for the Arts, and in 1987-88 was the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholar. He has taught at a number of institutions, among them Indiana University, the University of Chicago, the University of Houston, the University of Alabama, and the University of New Orleans. He is presently Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is also a member of the program faculty of the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of the Fine Arts. His newest collection, World Tree, was published by Pittsburgh in 2011, and was the winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize, as well as the Poets’ Prize.
Don Selby is President of The Daily Poetry Association and Co-Editor of Poetry Daily, the DPA's principal publication. The mission of The Daily Poetry Association and Poetry Daily is to help make contemporary poetry part of everyday life by making it easier for people to discover new poets and by making it easier for poets and publishers to bring news of their work to more people. Don started Poetry Daily with co-founders Diane Boller and Rob Anderson in 1997, following a 20-year career in the law publishing industry. He has served on grant and award panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Library of Virginia Literary Awards. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
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