ANNE CORAY, author of Bone Strings, lives at her birthplace on remote Qizhjeh Vena (Lake Clark) in southwest Alaska. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry, Seneca Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Rattapallax, among others. She has been a finalist with Carnegie Mellon, Water Press & Media, and Bright Hill Press, as well as for the Frances Locke Memorial Award and the Rita Dove Poetry Award. For several years she worked for the bilingual program in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, north of Anchorage. She lives with her husband, Steve, and her dog, Zipper.
LUCILLE LANG DAY'S poetry collections are Becoming an Ancestor (Cervena Barva Press, 2015), Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems (Blue Light Press, 2015), The Curvature of Blue (Cervena Barva Press, 2009), God of the Jellyfish (Cervena Barva Press, 2007), The Book of Answers (Finishing Line Press, 2006), Infinities (Cedar Hill Publications, 2002), Greatest Hits, 1975-2000 (Pudding House Publications, 2001), Wild One (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2000), Fire in the Garden (Mother's Hen, 1997) and Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope (Berkeley Poets' Workshop and Press, 1982), which was selected by Robert Pinsky, David Littlejohn, and Michael Rubin for the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature. She is a co-editor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016), a co-author of How to Encourage Girls in Math and Science: Strategies for Parents and Educators (Dale Seymour), and the author of the libretto for Eighteen Months to Earth, a science fiction opera with music by John Niec. Heyday published her first children's book, Chain Letter, in 2005, and her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, in 2012. Scarlet Tanager published her second children's book, The Rainbow Zoo, in 2016. She received her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University, and her M.A. in zoology and Ph.D. in science/mathematics education from the University of California at Berkeley. The founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as director of the Hall of Health, a museum in Berkeley. She is of Wampanoag, British, and Swiss/German descent.
JACK FOLEY, editor of The "Fallen Western Star" Wars (Scarlet Tanager Books), is the author of the companion critical volumes O Powerful Western Star (recipient of the Artists Embassy Literary / Cultural Award 1998-2000) and Foley's Books: California Rebels, Beats, and Radicals. Among his poetry books are Exiles, Adrift, and Gershwin. Foley's radio show, "Cover to Cover," is heard every Wednesday on Berkeley station KPFA; his column, "Foley's Books," appears weekly in the online magazine The Alsop Review (www.alsopreview.com). A contributing editor of Poetry Flash, he lives in Oakland, California.
DANIEL HAWKES received his M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He has taught English at Rutgers and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he grew up, he is currently a science and technical writer/editor at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Catching the Bullet and Other Stories (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2000) is his first book.
MARC ELIHU HOFSTADTER, author of Luck (Scarlet Tanager, 2008) and Visions: Paintings Seen Through the Optic of Poetry (Scarlet Tanager, 2001), was born in New York City in 1945. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, writing his doctoral dissertation on the late poetry and poetics of William Carlos Williams.
He taught numerous classes at UC Santa Cruz, American literature and English language at the Universite d'Orleans in France, and American literature at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He received a second Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and for twenty-three years worked as the librarian of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, the city of San Francisco's transit agency. He is the author of House of Peace (Mother's Hen, 1999) and Shark's Tooth (Regent Press, 2006), and his poetry, translations, and critical articles have appeared widely in literary magazines.
RISA KAPARO, author of Embrace (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2002), is a teacher, therapist, author and award-winning poet who makes her home on the island of Kauai. Her poems, articles and essays have appeared in many journals, magazines and anthologies.
She grew up in New York City and earned her M.A. in Fiber Arts from Goddard College, then her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Professional School for Psychological Studies. She has taught at M.I.T., John F. Kennedy University, the California Institute of Integral Studies and other universities and professional institutions. Maintaining a private practice in Hawaii and California, she gives lectures, seminars and workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
RICHARD MICHAEL LEVINE, author of Catch and Other Poems (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2015), has written magazine articles for many national publications, including Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times Magazine and Esquire, where he wrote a media column and was a contributing writer. He has been an editor or columnist at Newsweek, Saturday Review and New Times, received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship and has been a professor at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His bestselling book, Bad Blood: A Family Murder in Marin County, was published by Random House and New American Library and has been translated into several languages. A short story collection, The Man Who Gave Away His Organs, is available from Capra Press.
NAOMI RUTH LOWINSKY was born in California to Jewish parents who emigrated from Europe to escape persecution. Her childhood was spent in many landscapes: North Carolina, Italy, New York, New Jersey, back to California.
She studied literature at the University of California at Berkeley and now writes poetry and prose, teaches psychology and creativity, and practices Jungian analysis. She is a member analyst of the San Francisco Jung Institute, where she teaches in the training program as well as in the public programs. She is Poetry and Fiction Editor for Psychological Perspectives, a magazine published by the Los Angeles Jung Institute, and reviews poetry for The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal. Her book, The Motherline: Every Woman's Journey to Find Her Female Roots, was published by Putnam in 1992. Her first poetry collection, red clay is talking, was published by Scarlet Tanager Books in 2000. A chapbook, a maze, was published by Modest Proposal in 2004. Her most recent collection is crimes of the dreamer, published by Scarlet Tanager Books in 2005.
Gina Aoay Orosco, illustrator of The Rainbow Zoo (Scarlet Tanager), was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended the Academy of Art University where she received a BFA in illustration. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her beloved husband and charming guinea pig. She loves trying all sorts of food and would love to try a plaid hot dog someday at the Rainbow Zoo.
ZACK ROGOW, author of The Number Before Infinity: Poems (Scarlet Tanager), has published fourteen books, including six collections of poetry, three anthologies, four volumes of translation, and a children's book. He is the author of two plays, including La Vie en Noir: The Art and Life of Léopold Sédar Senghor. He is the editor of an anthology of U.S. poetry, The Face of Poetry, published by University of California Press; and editor of two volumes of TWO LINES: World Writing in Translation, distributed by University of Washington Press. He has translated from the French works by George Sand, Colette, and André Breton.
KURT SCHWEIGMAN, co-editor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016), has published and performed as Luke Warm Water in the past. His poetry appears in Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008). He has authored several chapbooks, one of which was awarded an Artists Embassy International Literary/Cultural Award (2013). Kurt was a featured poet at the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge 12th Biennial Poetry Festival (2008) and was the first spoken-word poet to receive an Archibald Bush Foundation individual artist fellowship in literature (2005). He emerged on the poetry spoken-word scene in the late 1990s and has won several Poetry Slam competitions across the United States and in Germany. He currently resides in Oakland, California. Kurt is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Tribe.
JUDY WELLS was born in San Francisco, the great-granddaughter of Irish immigrant Edward Rodgers (MacCrory), from Gortin, Co., Tyrone, and Letitia Kinney of Philadelphia. She received her B.A. from Stanford and her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Everything Irish, her sixth poetry collection, was published by Scarlet Tanager Books in 2000. Her second Scarlet Tanager collection, Call Home, appeared in 2005. Her previous collections include The Calling: 20th Century Women Artists and Other Poems (Mother's Hen, 1994) and The Part-Time Teacher (Rainy Day Women Press, 1991), a comic tale of her odyssey as a part-time college instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has also written a series of essays entitled A Vegetarian in Ireland, based on three trips to Ireland to search for her roots. Her essay, "Daddy's Girl," has appeared in several editions of the Borzoi College Reader (Alfred A. Knopf) and an Irish essay, "The Sheela-na-Gigs," was published in Travelers' Tales Ireland. Judy is co-editor, with Marsha Hudson, Bridget Connelly, Doris Earnshaw, and Olivia Eielson, of The Berkeley Literary Women's Revolution: Essays from Marsha's Salon (McFarland).
ANDRENA ZAWINSKI is the editor of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager, 2012). Her collection of poetry Something About (Blue Light Press, 2009) is a 2010 recipient of a PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Award and her collection Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press,1995) received a Kenneth Patchen Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary publications—including Many Mountains Moving, Nimrod, Rattle, Slipstream, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, and Progressive Magazine—and have been widely anthologized.
Zawinski has been a longtime feminist and activist in the Women Against Violence Against Women Movement. She founded and organizes the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon. She is also Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com.