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Candace R. Curran lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, and is the author of Playing in Wrecks, and a co-author of Bone Cages (with John Hodgen, Doug Anderson, and others), both published by Haley’s Press. Her poems have been published in Meat For Tea, Silkworm, RAWNerVZ , and elsewhere; and anthologized in Writing the Land, Honoring Nature, WTL: Northeast, Poet’s Seat Poetry Silver Anniversary, Compass Roads, and Poems in the Time of Covid. She has won the Poets Seat Contest twice. Candace has organized and participated in word and image collaborations including Four On The Floor, Three On a Tree, INTERFACE I- I0, and Exploded View. She has also served children and adults for many years in both public and school libraries. Candace is partnered with a librarian, and books are an important part of their world.

Audrey Gidman

Audrey Gidman is a queer poet living in Maine. Her poems can be found in Luna Luna, The Night Heron Barks, Rust + Moth, Volume Poetry, and elsewhere. She serves as assistant poetry editor for Gigantic Sequins and chapbooks editor for Newfound. Her chapbook, body psalms, was the recipient of the Elyse Wolf Prize.

Susan Glass's new chapbook, The Wild Language of Deer, won the Elyse Wolf Prize from Slate Roof Press. Her poetry has appeared in Snowy Egret, The Broad River Review, Birdland Journal, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, Honoring Nature: An Anthology of Authors and Artists Festival Writers, and elsewhere. A California resident, she held a residency at the Cummington Community of the Arts in Massachusetts and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After teaching many years at San Jose State University and West Valley Community College, she now co-edits the Blind Californian Magazine for the California Council of the Blind, and the AABT Briefs newsletter for the American Association of Blind Teachers. She and her husband John share their home with her guide dog Omni, whose combined work ethic and silliness ensure that all three remain irreverent, active, and loved.

In addition to State of Grass, her new collection forthcoming from Salmon Poetry, Janet MacFadyen is the author of five poetry books, including a photo-poetry collaboration Adrift in the House of Rocks (New Feral Press 2019), Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres 2017), and her Slate Roof chapbook, In the Provincelands (2012). Recent and forthcoming work can be found in The Blue Nib, CALYX, Crannóg, Honoring Nature (anthology), Naugatuck River Review, Migrations (anthology), Q/A Poetry, Scientific American, SGEM World Science blog, Soul-Lit, and Sweet. She has held a 7-month fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a residency at Cill Rialiag, and is the managing editor of Slate Roof Press. She lives in Franklin County, MA.

Ed Rayher lives in Northfield, MA, making a living as a letterpress printer, typefounder, and publisher of poetry books at Swamp Press. The winner of the 2011 Poets Seat Poetry Contest, he was also the Franklin County Poet Laureate for that year. All We Can Do Is Wait (Slate Roof Press) comes after many years of writing and refining his poems in a peer-run writing critique group he founded decades ago in Northampton. Ed is also a founding member of Slate Roof Press, sports an out of control beard in the winter, and infuses his poems with whimsy and a philosophical quirkiness (he has an MFA in poetry and a PhD in philosophy). One of the 2012 winners of the Hedgerow Books competition, his full-length poetry collection, The Paleontologist's Red Pumps, is forthcoming. Through a grant, Ed recently cast type for the Cherokee alphabet, the first time since the 1800s that type for the Cherokee language has existed.

Lynn Shorter

Lynn Shorter is the winner of 2020 Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award/Elyse Wolf Prize with her first chapbook, Singer in the Gray of Jean-Michel. In SGJM, she draws upon a jazz aesthetic to produce in poetry something akin to an Ornette Coleman solo. She is currently teaching at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom and running a creative writing and performance program that she co-founded for marginalized groups and artists. She has an MSW from Smith College and is in her final year of a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University in Wales.

Anna M. Warrock's publications include From the Other Room, winner of the first annual Slate Roof Press chapbook contest, and the chapbooks Horizon and Smoke and Stone. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Besides appearing in a number of literary and interdisciplinary magazines, such as The Madison Review, Harvard Review, The Sun, Phoebe, and Poiesis, her poems have been set to music, performed at Boston's Hayden Planetarium, and permanently installed in a Boston-area subway station. She has taught poetry in classes for the elderly, high school students, and adult education, and held seminars on understanding grief and loss through poetry. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry with Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives Somerville, MA.

Richard Wollman is the author of Changeable Gods (winner of the Elyse Wolf Prize from Slate Roof Press), Evidence of Things Seen (Sheep Meadow Press), and A Cemetery Affair (Finishing Line Press). An Art of Need, his current manuscript, is about outsider artists and includes ekphrastic poems accompanied by images of the poet’s sculptures. His awards include the Gulf Coast Prize for Poetry, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience, and the Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club. His poems appear in New England Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, American Journal of Poetry, Notre Dame Review, and Poet Lore. He is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Simmons University in Boston and lives in Amesbury, Massachusetts. His poems and artwork may be found at