Happy World Poetry Day to Meredith, M S, Valentina & Allyson!

Meredith Trede’s poetry collection, Field Theory, (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) was published in 2011. She is a founding publisher and editor of Toadlily Press. Her chapbook, ‘Out of the Book’, was in Desire Path, the inaugural volume of The Quartet Series. Journals that have published her work include Barrow Street, Blue Mesa Review, The Cortland Review, Gargoyle, and The Paris Review. Meredith holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, a BA in Liberal Arts from SUNY and an MA in Human Resources and Management Development from the New School. She has held residency fellowships at Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, Saltonstall, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia and France, and was awarded the 2012 Nicholson Political Poetry Award. Born and raised in New York City Meredith lives in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

M S Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with her husband, poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals and anthologies, including Bluestem, The Cortland Review, Earth’s Daughters, FutureCycle, Main Street Rag, and 3:AM Magazine.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World.

Allyson Whipple grew up in Ohio, earning her B.A. in English from Kenyon College, and her M.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University. She came to Austin in 2008, and has made Texas her new home. Primarily a poet of place, Allyson enjoys meshing women’s experiences with various landscapes. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Southern Women’s Review and TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, and is forthcoming in the 2013 Texas Poetry Calendar.