Kwame Dawes (Chair) is the author of 22 books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. He is a George W. Holmes University Professor at the University of Nebraska, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Schooner. His honors include an Emmy Award, the Forward Prize for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing, and the Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry.
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Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera is the son of farmworkers, a former United States Poet Laureate and California Poet Laureate, and a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Los AngelesTimes Robert Kirsch Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Awards, and a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Sunriders” was engraved on NASA’s Lucy spacecraft launched in 2021. He has written over 30 books across genres.
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Keetje Kuipers is the author of three collections: Beautiful in the Mouth, The Keys to the Jail, and All Its Charms, which includes poems published in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Previously a Wallace Stegner Fellow, Keetje currently lives with her wife and children in Missoula where she is a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana. She is Editor of Poetry Northwest and a board member at the National Book Critics Circle.
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January Gill O’Neil
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding, Misery Islands, and Underlife, all published by CavanKerry Press. She is the former executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Currently, she is an associate professor at Salem State University and serves on the boards of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Mass Poetry, and Montserrat College of Art.
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