Elaine Equi was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised in Chicago and its outlying suburbs. In 1988, she moved to New York City with her husband poet Jerome Sala. She is the author of Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011), Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and many other books. She teaches at New York University, the New School, and the City College of New York.
Don Yorty is a writer, community activist and teacher living in NYC. His novel, What Night Forgets, was published by Herodias Press in 2000, and two books of poetry, A Few Swimmers Appear and Poet Laundromat were published by Philadelphia Eye and Ear in 1980 and 1984. From 1987 to 2002 he fought city, state and federal agencies to save La Plaza Cultural, a community park on the Lower East Side, and won. He has been working on sonnets since 2003.
Nicole Steinberg is the editor of Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press) and the author of the chapbook Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as No Tell Motel, H_NGM_N, BOMB, Barrow Street, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She's the founder of Earshot, a New York reading series for emerging writers, and currently lives in Philadelphia.