Steven Cramer is the author of four poetry collections: The Eye that Desires to Look Upward (1987), The World Book (1992), Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand (1997), and Goodbye to the Orchard (2004), which won the 2005 Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, and was named a 2005 Honor Book in Poetry by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Steven has taught literature and writing at Bennington College, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University. Recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he currently directs the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Viewing the contemporary world through the lens of biblical psalms, the natural world, medieval history, and spiritual dimensions of lightness and darkness, these poems travel to cities in southern Spain, to rural New England, and to Achill Island off the Irish coast. The poems in Jennifer Barber's latest book, Given Away are vibrant and lyrical meditations, which deal with life, the human body, and the self.
Jennifer Barber is also the author of Rigging the Wind (2003), from Kore Press. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Upstreet, Fulcrum, Field, Harvard Review, Orion, Shenandoah, Jewish Forward, Georgia Review, Poetry, Take Three: 3, Agni, New Poet Series (Graywolf Press), Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books), and After Shocks: Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events (Santa Lucia Books). She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Heinrich Böll Cottage Residency, a St. Botolph Grant-in-Aid and a Bruce Rossley Emerging Voices Award, and received the 2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. She is founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander, now in its 20th year. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
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