Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as co-winner in the 2011 Crab Orchard Series
Open Poetry Contest, and A Bird Who Seems to Know Me: Poems Regarding Birds & Nature (Ex Ophidia Press, 2019), the winner of the 2018 Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review,, Commonweal, The Galway Review, Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, North American Review, Poetry Daily, Rattle, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Transference: A Literary Journal Featuring the Art & Process of Translation, upstreet, Verse Daily, and Yankee. Shanti Arts Books has also published a recent trilogy of Swist’s poetry, regarding politics, spirit,and nature: Candling the Eggs (2017), The Map of Eternity (2018), and The Bees of the Invisible (2019). Evanescence: Selected and New Poems will be published by Shanti Arts in 2020.
Richard Shaw was born in New Jersey and earned his B.A. from Bennington College. A former dancer and choreographer he has lived for many years in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts, currently residing on Horse Mountain in Haydenville. His poems have appeared in numerous journals. His debut collection, The Orchard House, was published spring 2019 from Antrim House Press.