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2007: Poetry

Mary Brown - Indiana Wesleyan University

Mary Brown is a professor of literature and writing at Indiana Wesleyan University where she also chairs the Division of Modern Language, Literature, and Communication. She serves on the editorial board of The Steinbeck Review and publishes poetry and essays in many venues. The Associated Church Press recently recognized her poem, “Preview,” published in The Cresset.


Susanna Childress - Author/Poet

Susanna Childress recently completed her PhD in English from Florida State University. Her first book, Jagged with Love, was selected by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the 2005 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Her poetry, fiction, and book reviews have appeared in various journals, including The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, and IMAGE. Most recently The Grove Review and Fugue awarded her their annual poetry prizes. Childress holds a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Hope College in Holland, MI.


Carl Dennis - Author/Poet

Carl Dennis is the author of ten books of poetry, including, most recently, Unknown Friends (Penguin, 2007) and New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2004 (Penguin, 2004). His previous book, Practical Gods (Penguin, 2001), received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2000, he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize from Poetry Magazine and the Modern Poetry Association for his contribution to American poetry.

Robert Siegel - Author/Poet

Robert Siegel is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. His poetry includes A Pentecost of Finches: New & Selected Poems and The Waters Under the Earth, as well as In A Pig’s Eye and The Beasts & the Elders. His poetry has won prizes and awards from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, the Friends of Literature, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and elsewhere. His fiction includes the award-winning Whalesong and Alpha Centauri. He has taught at Dartmouth University, Princeton University, Wheaton College, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he twice directed the graduate creative writing program and is Professor Emeritus of English.