Matthew J. (Matt) Spireng, a lifelong resident of Lomontville twelve miles south of Kingston, is a widely published, award-winning poet. His book What Focus Is was published in 2011. His book Out of Body won the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award and was published in 2006 by Bluestem Press at Emporia State University. His chapbooks are; Clear Cut; Young Farmer; Encounters; Inspiration Point, winner of the 2000 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, and; Just This. More than 1,000 of his poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies across the United States since 1990 including Senior Hiker, The Poets Guide to the Birds, Southern Poetry Review, Yankee Magazine, North American Review, Chronogram, and Poet Lore. He is an eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His poems have been recognized in my national contests including as winner of the MacGuffin’s Poetry Hunt in 2018
Philip Pardi is the author of Meditations on Rising and Falling, which won the 2008 Brittingham Prize and the 2009 Writers’ League of Texas Poetry Award. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Quarterly West, Seneca Review, Translation Review, and in anthologies such as Best New Poets and An Introduction to the Prose Poem. His most recent project, completed with the support of an NEA Translation Grant, is A Better Language: Selected Poems of Claudia Lars. Pardi worked as human rights activist in El Salvador and as labor organizer in the Hudson Valley, and teaches at Bard College.
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