Featuring Dean Kostos, Celeste Gainey, Mark Doty, and J.D. McClatchy!
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Dean Kostos’s collections include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman PoetryAward, selected by Mark Doty, published by Red Hen Press in 2015), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma (taught at Duke University), and Celestial Rust. He edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers and Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut was held at the United Nations). His work has appeared in leading journals, such as Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s website, Oxygen.com. Having taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School of NYU, and The City University of New York, he also wrote a libretto for Voices of Ascension, and his poem, “Subway Silk,” was translated into a short film, which was screened at Tribeca and at San Francisco’s IndieFest.
Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, from Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the TischSchool of the Arts at New YorkUniversity, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from CarlowUniversity, Gainey has spent over thirty-five years working with light; as a gaffer for motion pictures and as an architectural lighting designer.
Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011. Doty’s poems have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The New Yorker. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections. Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
J. D. McClatchy is the author of eight books of poetry, including Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014), Mercury Dressing (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009), Division of Spoils (Arc Publications, 2003), and Hazmat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002), which was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He has also published three collections of essays: American Writers at Home (Library of America/The Vendome Press, 2004), Twenty Questions (Columbia University Press, 1998), and White Paper (Columbia University Press, 1989); has edited over twenty books, including W. S. Merwin: Collected Poems (Library of America, 2013), Thornton Wilder: The Eighth Day, Theophilus North, and Autobiographical Writings(Library of America, 2009), James Merrill’s Selected Poems(Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Selected Poems (Library of America, 2003); and has edited the “Voice of the Poet” audiobook series for Random House. He is currently a professor of English at Yale University, where he also serves as editor of The Yale Review. He lives in Stonington, Connecticut.