Happy World Poetry Day to Hilary, Deborah, Martha & Kyle!

Hilary Sideris has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have recently appeared in Arts & Letters, Bayou, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Dash, Grey Sparrow, Pearl, Poet Lore, PMS, Quiddity, Southern Poetry Review, Swink, Tar River Poetry, and Zocolo Public Square. Her first and third chapbooks, The Orange Juice is Over and Gold & Other Fish, were published by Finishing Line Press, and her second chapbook, Baby, was published by Pudding House Press. She lives in Brooklyn and works for The City University of New York, where she develops and coordinates programs for English language learners and first-generation college students.

Deborah Finkelstein has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and a BA from Rutgers University, where she majored in English and Theatre. Her free verse poetry has been published in the anthologies Miracles of Motherhood (Time Warner), Meanderings (Diversion Press), Cradle Songs (Quill and Parchment), and People Poetry (Diversion Press); the literary magazines Ibbetson Street Magazine, Somerville News, Quay Journal, and Journal of Outsider Poetry; and also in The Christian Science Monitor. She received Second Place in the Diversion Press Poetry Contest 2009. Deborah has also published haiku, tanka, short stories, and plays. She teaches Creative Writing at Endicott College, near Boston, MA.

Martha Phelan Hayes, Professor of English at Gateway Community College in New Haven Connecticut, USA, is a poet and essayist, whose work has appeared and is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Freshwater, Fresh Ink, Naugatuck River Review, and Orpheus 2. Her poem, ‘Ella Clare’ won first prize in the 2010 Altrusa International of Central Connecticut Poetry Contest. She has presented her innovative teaching ideas at worldwide conferences in countries as diverse as China, Nepal, and Brazil. An ambitious traveller, her poetry has been inspired by scenarios as varied as the jungle solitude of Mayan ruins and the claustrophobic warrens of the Medina in Fez, Morocco.

Kyle Laws’ poems, stories, and essays have appeared in magazines for thirty years, with four nominations for a Pushcart Prize. Recent appearances include Abbey, Anglican Theological Review, Chiron Review, Delmarva Review, Eleventh Muse, Exit 13, Final Note, Malpais Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Pearl, Pilgrimage, St. Sebastian Review, and Saint Vitus Press & Poetry Review. Books include Storm Inside the Walls (Little Books Press), Going into Exile (Abbey Chapbooks), Tango (Kings Estate Press), and Apricot Wounds Straddling the Sky (Poetry Motel’s Suburban Wilderness Press). She edited two volumes for the Pueblo Poetry Project—From the Garret on Grand: On Miss Lonelyhearts and the Virgin of Guadalupe and Midnight Train to Dodge. She currently is editor of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. A full-length poetry collection titled Wildwood (Lummox Press) is forthcoming.