Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives and writes in the Arkansas Ozarks. She has an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of three books, Reading Berryman to the Dog (Jacaranda Books, 2000,) and Discount Fireworks (Jacaranda Books, 2008) and The Mercy of Traffic (Unlikely Books, 2019) and five chapbooks, most recently They Went Down to the Beach to Play. She was 11 times nominated for the Pushcart Prize and twice for The Best of Web. Her work appears on line and in print in Persimmon Tree, pacificREVIEW, 2RiverView, Artemis, barzakh, San Pedro River Review, Cider Press Review, and others and in the recent, anthologies, In Plein Air, (Poetic License Press, 2017), Untold Arkansas (Et Alia Press, 2018,) 50/50 (Quill’s Edge Press, 2018), Fiolet and Wing (Liminal Books, 2019) and Pocket Poems (*82 Review, 2019.) For more information, check her website at www.wendytaylorcarlisle.com.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies (Trio House Press, 2017) Gold Passage (Trio House Press, 2013) and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air (Word Tech, 2015). Her poem "Listening to the Caryatids on the Palace of Fine Arts" poem will be featured on 100 buses as part of the San Francisco Beautiful and Poetry Society of America Muni Art 2020 campaign. Her works have been published in Tin House, San Francisco Examiner, Fence, Los Angeles Review of Books, Split Rock Review, Taos Poetry Journal, Pleiades, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet's Market, Women's Studies and Chicago Quarterly Review. Her biography on Charmian London, Jack London's wife will be published by University of Oklahoma Press in 2020. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is the Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.