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Short Biographies of Poets in E.P.O.


C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden, and he gardens professionally to this day.  His first full-length book of poetry, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder, was published in 2013, and his second, Roots in the Sky, Boots on the Ground, in 2019, both from White Violet Press.


Bruce Bennett is author of ten books of poetry and dozens of chapbooks. His first New and Selected Poems, Navigating The Distances (Orchises Press), was chosen by Booklist as "One Of The Top Ten Poetry Books Of 1999." ​His second​, Just Another Day in Just Our Town, Poems: New And Selected, 2000-2016, also from Orchises, was published in January 2017. Bennett received his Ph. D. from Harvard and taught at Wells College until 2014, and is now Emeritus Professor of English. He has reviewed contemporary poetry in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Harvard Review, and his poems have appeared widely in journals, textbooks, and anthologies. He was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2012 for a villanelle in Ploughshares. His poetry website is https://justanotherdayinjustourtown.com.



Sally Cook is former Wilbur Fellow and six-time nominee for a Pushcart award. She has published three books, Measured By Song, Making Music, and The View from Here. As a finalist in the Aldrich Press Poetry Book Award, Cook was awarded publication of the latter book. She is also a fine artist.




Michael Curtis is a classical sculptor, painter, and architect who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. His verses have been published in Candelabrum, Blue Unicorn, The New Formalist, The Lyric, American Arts Quarterly, Amphora, Pivot, and many other journals. His translation of Afrikaans verse, Land of Sunlight and Stars was published in 2012


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Robert Darling has published the collection Gleanings, and a previous full-length collection, So Far, as well as three chapbooks, and a book of criticism. He has also published poems, reviews and essays in a variety of periodicals in the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia. Darling is Professor in Humanities and Fine Arts at Keuka College.  No known photo of Dr. Darling exists, but we have a video of his agent Wystan at work (click on link above).




Christopher DeGroot is a journalist, essayist, poet, satirist, and aphorist. He writes a weekly column for Taki’s Magazine. His work has also appeared in Spectator USA, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, New English Review, Jacobite Magazine, The Unz Review, VoegelinView, Splice Today, and Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts.




Steven Duplij (Stepan Douplii) is a theoretical physicist, poet and musician was born in Chernyshevsk-Zabaykalsky, Russia. He received his Ph.D. degree and Habilitation degree in Theoretical Physics in Ukraine. He has compiled and edited several scientific books, including “The Concise Encyclopedia of Supersymmetry” (Springer, 2005), and published more than a hundred research papers.  Poems appearing in Expansive Poetry Online are from a collection of work composed originally in English.  Dr. Duplij has a collection of poems, both in translation from Russian and in original English, currently in submission. Duplij's  Supermanifold of life: Multilingual poems and short prose (2014) is available at Amazon.


























Frederick Feirstein, a close friend of the late Ifeanyi Menkiti for half a century, is a playwright, poet and screenwriter whose professional career includes a lifetime of work as an psychoanalyst. He has nine books of poetry in print. His best-known commercial play is The Family Circle. He has done extensive work in the musical theater. His musical play Uprising will open in Poland and tour Europe, and will be produced as a film.
















E.S. Frese, jr. is a semi-retired IT business management consultant who has lived in and around New York City most of his life.  After his lovely wife Chris's passing in 2017, he began to think he might begin to circulate some of his "trifles," as Horace might call them -- both translations and original poems.  A classicist who studied both Greek and Latin, he has translated and adapted classical era poems for decades, preferring, as he says, to approximate original meters, if not the original vowel meters of Greek and Latin then comparable stress meters in English.




Claudia Gary teaches villanelle, sonnet, and meter “crash courses” at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and elsewhere. Her newest chapbook is Genetic Revisionism. Author of Humor Me (2006), several chapbooks, and poems in journals and anthologies internationally, she writes health and science articles for VVA Veteran (vvaveteran.org). In 2019 she launched her new course, “The Poetry of Science, the Science of Poetry,” at NIH (GENL355, faes.org). Find out more at pw.org/content/claudia_gary and follow @claudiagary






Carla Kirchner is a poet, fiction writer, and writing professor. Her poetry chapbook, The Physics of Love, won the Concrete Wolf Press 2016 Poetry Chapbook Award and was published in the fall of 2017. Her fiction has recently appeared in Literary Orphans, Rappahannock Review, Eunoia Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Gravel, and Unbroken Journal.




Austin MacRae's poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, 32 Poems, The Cortland Review, Stone Canoe, Rattle, Measure and many other journals. He is the author of two chapbook collections, The Second Rose and Graceways, and serves as literary editor of Free Inquiry. The Organ Builder is his first book of poetry. Austin is also a fine folk singer and songwriter. His debut, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording. His second album, Keeper, won a SAMMY for Best Americana. His performances have also been featured on a variety of radio stations and shows, including the Sundilla Radio Hour, hosted by Kelly Walker.




Arthur Mortensen is Webmaster for E.P.O.  He's put out six books, including A Disciple After the Fact, A Life in the Theater, Why Hamlet Waited So Long, Mementos Found in a Box, Morrigu Passes, and After the Crash (just out).  His chapbooks include Relics of the Cold War (done as a play by the Medicine Show Theater Ensemble in 1997), and Canzones for a New Century.  Two of his plays have been performed:  Stark's Cafe (Trocadero Dinner Theater, 1989), and Philip and Alexander (New York Poetry Forum, 1990).  He has a novel in verse, The Pride of Texas, in submission.  He served as editor and publisher of Pivot for five years, and was editor and publisher for the Somers Rocks Press series of 21 first collections in the late 1990s.  Also continues to serve as Editor & Publisher of Pivot Press, which has published fourteen critically selected full-length collections.  





Wade Newman is a writer whose poems have appeared in several collections (Poisoned Apples 2003 Pivot Press;  Final Terms (revised edition) Pivot Press), as well as in a diverse variety of journals, including Pivot, Cumberland Review, Able Muse, American Review, Iambs & Trochees, American Arts Quarterly, Crosscurrents, Confrontation, Kenyon Review, and many others.  Recipient of numerous awards, he received the Robert Frost Award,  The Propper Award, the Narrative Poetry Prize from Croton Review, and many others. Newman is said to have come up with the name for the Expansive Poetry movement. 




Suzanne Noguere's poems have appeared in many journals, among them The Nation, Poetry, The Literary Review, The Classical Outlook, Sparrow, Jazz, Pivot, Rattapallax, Mezzo Cammin, and Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. She's been anthologized in A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women; The Poetry Anthology 1912-1977; The Second Word Thursdays Anthology; and Animalidiversi . She won the "Discovery"/The Nation Prize in the same year as her first collection, Whirling Round the Sun, appeared. She is the author of two children’s books, Little Koala (with Tony Chen) and Little Raccoon.




Carolyn Raphael's poems have appeared in journals including The Lyric, Measure, Blue Unicorn, Long Island Quarterly, and on the American Arts Quarterly Web site. Her poem, Honorable Mention, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Diagrams of Bittersweet was published by Somers Rock Press. Her collection, The Most Beautiful Room in the World, was published by David Robert Books, while her collection,Dancing with Bare Feet, was published by Kelsay/White Violet Press. A new chapbook, Grandma Poems—Not Too Sweet, was just published by Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press.





Jennifer Reeser is the author of An Alabaster Flask, Sonnets from the Dark Lady and Other Poems The Lalaurie Horror, which has been cited as a resource by Stéphane Bourgoin, a foremost authority on serial killers, and was a finalist for a Pushcart Prize. Reeser's poetry has appeared across the world in dozens of journals, and her latest collection is Indigenous from Able Muse Press. She has frequently been anthologized.


















Joseph S. Salemi has published poems, translations, and scholarly articles throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. His collections include Formal Complaints and Nonsense Couplets ( Somers Rocks Press), Masquerade (Pivot Press), and The Lilacs on Good Friday (New Formalist Press). He has translated poems from a wide range of Greek and Roman authors. In addition, he has published extensive translations, with scholarly commentary and annotations, from Renaissance texts such as the Faunus poems of Pietro Bembo, The Facetiae of Poggio Bracciolini, and the Latin verse of Castiglione. He is a recipient of a Herbert Musurillo Scholarship, a Lane Cooper Fellowship, an N.E.H. Fellowship, and the 1993 Classical and Modern Literature Award. He is also a four-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Prize.  His upcoming book, Gallery of Ethopaths, is forthcoming in 2019 from Pivot Press.  He is editor and publisher of Trinacria.





Charles (Charlie) Southerland lives on his farm in North-Central Arkansas where he bales hay, mills lumber, hunts and fishes. When he has time, he writes poetry on just about every subject. He is published in First Things, Measure, Blue Unicorn, Trinacria, The Rotary Dial, First Things, The Road Not Taken and other journals. He has been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize and is a finalist in the 2015 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Contest. He likes to write sonnets, villanelles and sapphics.





Frederick Turner is the winner of the annual Levinson Prize, Poetry magazine’s highest honor, and has written four epics in verse, including the current Apocalypse; Genesis; The New World; and The Return. He is Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, and has also produced numerous volumes of essays and criticism.  Between epics, he has also managed to write plays and other theater work including the acclaimed Prayers of Dallas.