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Richard Smyth holds a PhD in English from the University of Florida. He is currently the Library Media Specialist at Cathedral High School, and also teaches VM606- Writing for Interactive Media as an adjunct at Emerson College.
His work has appeared in the Southern Poetry Review, Tampa Review, Kansas Quarterly, Midwest Quarterly, Caesura, Florida Review and others. Richard blogs at Scholaris Erratus and The Electrate Professor, and he edits the poetry journal Albatross, which is published by The Anabiosis Press.
Tom Wylie was born in Albany, New York and has lived and worked in New England most of his life. He began his career as a teacher on the island of Panay in the Philippines with the U.S. Peace Corps, followed by service as a VISTA volunteer in Waterloo, Iowa. He was a community organizer for several years prior to pursuing graduate studies at UMASS Amherst. He has worked in higher education for 30 years at colleges in Boston, Maine and Rhode Island.
A lifelong runner, Tom has completed twelve marathons. A writer of 40-plus years of journals, letters, observations and academic papers, Tom believes that writing through journaling is a "Source of personal liberation". In October 2014 he published Cold Car, a collection of his poems.
Susan LaFortune's work indulges us with gritty moments of everyday life and illuminates them with traces of love and beauty. Her first chapbook, Talking in my Sleep, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013 and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Susan's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications including Muddy River Poetry Review and Ibbetson Street Magazine. Susan is an annual supporter of the Newburyport Literary Festival, and she is associated with several poetry organizations throughout New England. She is a member of Somerville's Bagel Bards.
Michael Casey was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He received a B.S. in Physics from Lowell Technological Institute in 1968 where he took a class with the poet and critic William Aiken. Casey served as a military policeman in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. He served in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and in Viet Nam before beginning an MS in physics at SUNY Buffalo. With the publication of Obscenities,however, he changed course and pursued creative writing, studying under poets John Logan and Irving Feldman. His master's thesis was an early version of Millrat; his advisor for the project was the poet William Sylvester.
After graduating college in 1968, Casey was drafted into the army. His stay at Fort Leonard Wood provided the material and setting for his book, The Million Dollar Hole. His work as a military police officer in Viet Nam is rendered in his debut collection, Obscenities. Michael Casey's writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Rolling Stone, as well as in many literary journals and anthologies.
Bryan P.T. Riley was born in Salem, Massachusetts and has lived on the North Shore all his life. Coming from a musical family, Bryan began writing music at age 8. He took up writing poetry at age 14, and hasn't stopped writing since. A classically trained Tenor, he spent two seasons with the Boston Bel Canto Opera Company under the direction of Bradley Pennington. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bryan fronted several Boston-area rock bands, opening for major national and international acts. During this time he also courted several major publishing houses in an effort to have his poetry published.
Riley got married in 1990 and in 1993, he put aside his pursuit of the limelight to focus on raising his new, growing family. In 2003, through the death of his father and the dissolution of his first marriage, Bryan reached a 'crossroads moment' in which he began to think about the legacy he would leave behind. He discovered on-demand publishing and since 2008 he has published 18 volumes of poetry and 1 novel. In 2013 Bryan founded the Prime Time Poets, an open mic series dedicated to the celebration and presentation of the art of the spoken word.
In 2015, largely through Riley's efforts Amesbury, the town he currently resides in. appointed a Poet Laureate for the first time in its almost 350-year history. Also in 2015, Bryan launched a series called 'With the Poets' which showcases Merrimack Valley poets who Bryan considers to be at the top of their craft.