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 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 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.