3/5/09

March 14: Featherston, Russell, Van Winckel

Dan Featherston is a scholar of modern and contemporary American literature and a poet whose books include The Clock Maker’s Memoir (Cuneiform Press, 2007), United States (Factory School, 2005), Into the Earth (Quarry Press, 2005) and The Radiant World (BlazeVox), which will be published later this year. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in the First-Year Writing Program at Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with Rachel McCrystal and their dog Fredo. You can read some of Dan Featherston's work in Milk Magazine and on his blog.

Jacob Russell lives in South Philly. He loves dogs, playing chess & barroom pool. He wrote his first poem in second grade and spent the next 40 years thinking about it--it was a traumatic experience. At age 48, he quit procrastinating and got to work. He has written 47 volumes, 5,675 pages of journal entries; published short stories and poetry in various lit mags while collecting 1,594 rejection slips; took 8 years to write his first novel; second one is still W.I.P. He keeps a lit blog, Jacob Russell's Barking Dog, and has not given up hope that someone will publish his novels before he dies.

Nance Van Winckel's fifth collection of poems, No Starling, is recently out from U. of Washington Press. She is the recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. New poems appear in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Crazyhorse, Field, and Gettysburg Review. She is also the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently Curtain Creek Farm from Persea Books/Norton. She teaches in the MFA Programs at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College and is currently the Stadler Poet in Residence at Bucknell.