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Hiram Larew

Larew’s fifth collection, Mud Ajar, was issued in 2021 by Atmosphere Press. His poems have recently appeared in Poetry South, Contemporary American Voices, The Iowa Review, Best Poetry Online,

and Amsterdam Quarterly. Nominated for four national Pushcarts awards, his poems have placed first in competitions offered by Louisiana Literature, the Washington review, Baltimore Artscape and others.

He’s the organizer of several poetry initiatives including Voices of Woodlawn – a program of poetry, music and artwork that imagines the lives of the enslaved community at a Plantation in Fairfax, VA. His Poetry X Hunger initiative, as supported by the United Nations, the Capitol Area Food Bank, the Maryland State Arts Council, Split This Rock and others, is bringing poets from around the world to the anti-hunger cause. As a courtesy faculty member or Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Oregon State University, Montana State University, Baylor University, Pennsylvania State University and Hood College, Larew offers lectures on poetry, food security and related topics. He is retired from the U. S. Department of Agriculture where he guided international farming programs, and he lives in Churchton, Maryland, USA.

Robert Priest

Robert Priest, is the author of fourteen books of poetry, 3 plays, 4 novels, lots of musical CDS, and one hit song. His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the Transit system, quoted in the Farmer's Almanac, and sung on Sesame Street. His 2008 book: Reading the Bible Backwards (ECW) peaked at number two on the Canadian

poetry charts, its sales exceeded only by those of Leonard Cohen. Rosa Rose, a book of

children's verse, in praise of inspirational figures, won a Silver Moonbeam award in the U.S and was a book of honour in The Lion and the Unicorn prize for excellence in

Children’s Literature. Its sequel, TheWolf is Back (Wolsak and Wynn) won the Golden

Moonbeam award for 2017. His latest book of poems for adults is Previously Feared

Darkness, (ECW). An album of songs and spoken word pieces, BAAM! is available on

Spotify and YouTube. A new book, If I Didn’t Love the River, is due out in 2022 with

ECW press. He is also the author of the Young Adult fantasy trilogy Spell Crossed

(Dundurn Press.)

For more see: robertpriest.org

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