Happy World Poetry Day to Maude, Dominika, Gretchen & Barbara!

Maude Larke has come back to her own writing after years of ‘real’ work in the American, English and French university systems, analysing others’ texts and films. She has also returned to the classical music world as an ardent amateur, after fifteen years of piano and voice in her youth. She has several short stories and poems, three novels, and two screenplays to offer so far. Her screenplay Allargando finished in the top ten in the 2009 IndieProducer Screenplay and Short Film Competition. She is the winner of the 2011 PhatSalmon Poetry Prize and the 2012 Swale Life Poetry Competition. Publications include Breadcrumb Scabs, the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Syracuse Cultural Workers’ Women Artists Datebook, Naugatuck River Review, Oberon, Doorknobs and Bodypaint, The Story Teller, Cyclamens and Swords, descant, riverbabble, Indigo Rising, dotdotdash, Cliterature, In Posse, Binnacle, Sketchbook, Aurorean, Crucible, Short, Fast,  Deadly, and Barrier Islands Review.

Dominika Bednarska’s writing has or will appear in A Different Art, The James Joyce Quarterly, Wordgathering, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life, What I Want From You: An Anthology of East Bay Lesbian Poets, Ghosting Atoms, and Cripping Femme, and her poetry manuscript, Smothered Breath, is forthcoming. She teaches at U.C. Berkeley, where she completed a Ph.D in English and Disability Studies. Her full-length solo show, My Body Love Story, recently kicked off the 2012 National Queer Arts Festival at the Garage Theater in San Francisco. She has also performed at Girl Talk, the Marsh, CounterPULSE, Queer Open Mic, Femme Con, Butch Voices, the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, and the Knitting Factory in NYC.

Gretchen Fletcher’s poetry has been published in journals including The Chattahoochee Review, Inkwell, Pudding Magazine, Upstreet, Canada’s lichen, and online at Poetry Southeast, SeaStories, and prairiehome.publicradio. Her poems are also included in anthologies including Sincerely Elvis, You Are Here: New York Streets in Poetry, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems About Marriage and Capital BookFest’s Family Pictures, Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones. Gretchen won the Poetry Society of America’s Bright Lights/Big Verse competition and was projected on the Jumbotron while reading her winning poem in Times Square. One of her poems was choreographed and performed by dance companies in Palm Beach and San Francisco, and others appear in datebooks published in Chicago by Woman Made Gallery. Her chapbooks, That Severed Cord and The Scent of Oranges, were published by Finishing Line Press. Gretchen leads writing workshops for Florida Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress.

Barbara Crooker lives and writes in rural northeastern Pennsylvania (USA), and her poems have appeared in journals such as The Hollins Critic, The Beloit Poetry Journal, America, The Atlanta Review, The Green Mountains Review, and The Denver Quarterly, and anthologies including The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Bedford Introduction to Poetry, and Good Poems American Places (Viking). Her books are Radiance, which won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance (Word Press, 2008), which won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence; and More (C&R Press 2010). Her poetry has been read on the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Company, and by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. She has won a number of awards, including three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships.