Stacey Harwood, Managing Editor, was until recently a policy analyst for the New York State Public Service Commission, the agency that regulates gas, electric, water, and telephone service in New York State. Her poems and essays have been published or are forthcoming in The LA Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, Humor, Lit, Saveur, Tablet, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Paul Muldoon selected her poem Contributors' Notes for The Best American Poetry 2005.
Lera Auerbach, The Trouble Clef. Lera is among the most widely performed composers of her generation. She has composed major works for orchestra, ballet, chamber ensemble, chorus, and opera, and is a concert pianist and award-winning poet. Her new ballet, “The Little Mermaid,” will receive its American premiere in 2010 by the San Francisco Ballet. Lera is writing an opera based on her stage play “Gogol” for Vienna’s Theater an der Wien for premiere in 2011, and will be composer-in-residence with the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra the same year.
In May 2009, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. presented a composer portrait of Auerbach, and during the summer she was honored with composer portraits and premieres at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She was a featured poet at the 2009 West Cork Literary Festival in Ireland. Lera was named Poet of the Year by the International Pushkin Society in 1997 at the age of 23, and in 2007 was named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum. Find out more about Lera Auerbach here.
Jim Cummins, Midwest Correspondent. Jim is the author of The Whole Truth, (North Point Press, 1986), Portrait in a Spoon, (University of South Carolina Press,1997), Then & Now, (Ohio University Press, 2004). He is co-author, with David Lehman, of Jim & Dave Defeat the Masked Man (Soft Skull Press, 2005). His poems have been selected for The Best American Poetry anthologies of 1994, 1995, 1998, 2005 and 2009, The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and 180 More, edited by Billy Collins. Cummins has been curator of the Elliston Poetry Collection at the University of Cincinnati since 1975, where he is also Professor of English. Read his BAP blog posts here.
Bill Hayward, Filmmaker/Photographer. Hayward's most recent book of portraits of the collaborative self is entitled Bad Behavior, (Rizzoli). Bill is working on a new portrait collection entitled I Hear America Singing, America in Portraits of the Collaborative Self. Hayward is also in production on Asphalt, Muscle and Bone, a film about a man at risk, the persistence of imagination and the impossibility of love. Images from Hayward's work can be viewed at billhayward.com and at reddressfilms.com. Visit Bill's blog here. See his BAP blog posts here.
Laura Orem, Red Lion Correspondent. Laura is a writer, visual artist, and teacher. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and is a Writing Fellow at Goucher College. She is the senior editor of the online journal Praxilla Her poetry and essays have appeared in many journals, both in print and online, including Nimrod, heART (Human Equity Through Art), Wordwrights, The Montserrat Review, Poets Against the War, and The Writer's Chronicle. Laura lives in Red Lion, PA with six cats, four dogs, two sheep, two sons, one horse, and one husband. Read her BAP blog posts here.
Elizabeth D. Samet, Film. Samet is the author of SOLDIER'S HEART: Reading Literature Through Peace & War at West Point (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007) and Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and the Progress of Consent in America, 1776–1898 (Stanford University Press, 2003). She received her B.A. from Harvard and her Ph.D. in English literature from Yale. She is a Professor of Literature at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The opinions expressed on this blog are Samet's own and not necessarily those of the U.S. Military Academy, the Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense. Read her BAP blog posts here.
Mitch Sisskind, Correspondent at Large. Mitch was born in Chicago, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1986. He is the autor of two books of short stories: Visitations (1984) and Dog Man Stories (1993). His poem, Like a Monkey, was chosen by David Wagoner for The Best American Poetry 2009. Read his BAP blog posts here.
Emma Trelles, Tropical Correspondent. Emma Trelles is the author of Tropicalia, forthcoming from the University of Notre Dame Press and winner of the 2010 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook Little Spells (GOSS183), a recommended read by the Valparaiso Poetry Review and the Montserrat Review. She is the recipient of a Green Eyeshade award for art criticism and has been a featured author at the Miami Book Fair International and at the Palabra Pura reading series at the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago. She received her MFA in creative writing from Florida International University and lives with her husband in South Florida, where she works as an arts writer and a writing consultant for Nova Southeastern University. Visit her at www.emmatrelles.com and read her BAP blog posts here.