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Kathryn Kirkpatrick’s poetry collections include The Body’s Horizon which was selected by Alicia Ostriker for the Brockman-Campbell award; Beyond Reason which was awarded the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize by the NC Literary and Historical Association, and Out of the Garden which was a finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Assoc. poetry award. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Gilda Syverson is the author of the full-length poetry book, Facing the Dragon, and the chapbook, In This Dream Everything Remains Inside. Her memoir, Finding Bottom, An Italian-American woman’s journey to the old country, was a 2010 Novello Literary Award Finalist. Syverson’s award winning poems and prose have appeared in such literary journals as Italian Americana, Descant, Cold Mountain Review, Sweet Lemons 2, International Writings with a Sicilian Accent,and Iodine Poetry Journal. She presently teaches Memoir Writing at Queens University in Charlotte and at The Warehouse in Cornelius. Her commentaries have been aired on WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR radio station
Valerie Macon lives in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Her poetry has won awards from the NC Poetry Society, The Writer’s Inc Guild, and the Gilbert-Chappel Distinguished Poet Series, and her work appears in numerous online venues and anthologies. Her poetry has been used in a concert at the New England Conservatory. Her first book of poetry, Shelf Life, was a Pushcart Prize nominee. In writing her second collection, Sleeping Rough, she became concerned about the plight of the homeless, and started The Garden of Eaten, a church community garden, to address the needs of the food impoverished in her community. All proceeds from Sleeping Rough go to benefit this Garden.