Michael Steffen grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in northeastern Pennsylvania since 1987.  He earned his undergraduate degree at Empire State College and his MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.  His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ellipsis, The Ledge, Iron Horse, Poet Lore and many other journals. His first book, No Good At Sea, was published in 2002 by Legible Press, and his second manuscript, Before The Light Fails, is a finalist for the 2002 Pollack and Brittingham prizes.  A former host of the Riverside Reading Series in Easton, PA, Mr. Steffen is the recipient of a 2002 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  He currently lives with his wife in Bushkill, PA.

Catherine Staples

Catherine Staples grew up in Dover, Massachusetts, spending summers on Cape Cod. She has taught in the English department and the Honors program at Villanova University since 1984. In 1991 she was selected by Amy Clampitt for the University of Pennsylvania's William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in The Michigan Quarterly, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and in other journals. She is currently at work on a first manuscript which has twice been named a finalist for Northeastern's Morse Poetry Prize.

Kristine Grow

Kristine Grow has been involved with the Philadelphia poetry scene since 1993. She has had several spoken word performances at venues that include The Fringe Festival, Bar Noir, Live at the Writer's House and, most recently, Poets for Peace. Her poems have been published in various magazines, including Ixnay, American Writing and Poetry Fury. In 2000 she published her first chapbook, titled Long Draw.