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is the author or editor of thirteen books including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014 (2014 BOA Editions) Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press) and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions) He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014, and a US Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans.  Known for his electrifying performances, he has toured widely across the United States and Europe. When not on the road, he works at  Gold Crown Billiards in Erie, PA.

Joe WeilJoe Weil has four chap books, and five full length books of poetry to his credit, the two most recent of which are The Great Grandmother Light, new and selected Poems, 2013 (NYQ books) and West of Home (Blast Press). He has read his work on NPR, Pacifica radio,  the PBS poetry special Fooling With Words hosted by Bill Moyers and in 2013 he won the People’s poetry award from the Blue Collar Review for his poem,” The First Time I got up Early.” Currently, Weil teaches at Binghamton University.. He is married to the poet Emily Vogel with whom he collaborates (as witnessed by their two children born a year apart, and their book, West  of Home). He is glad to be here. He is glad to be anywhere.


Emily VogelEmily Vogel’s poetry has been published in numerous journals, most recently in Tiferet, Lyrelyre, Maggy, Lips, The San Pedro River Review, The Paterson Literary Review, The Comstock Review, [Spaces}, and The Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has published five chapbooks: most recently Digressions on God (Main Street Rag, author’s choice series, 2012). The Philosopher’s Wife, a full-length collection, was published in 2011 (Chester River Press). She has work forthcoming in New York Quarterly, Omniverse, and 2 Bridges Review. Recently, she collaborated with her husband, Joe Weil on a book of poetry, West of Home, which has been published by Blast Press. She is the poetry editor of the online journal Ragazine, and teaches writing at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. 

John SmithJohn Smith’s poetry has appeared NJ Audubon since the 1980s and in numerous literary magazines. His work has also been anthologized in Under a Gull’s Wing: Poems and Photographs of the Jersey Shore and Liberty’s Vigil: The Occupy Anthology. His poem, “Lived Like a Saint,” which appeared in The Journal of New Jersey Poets, was set to music by Philadelphian composer, Tina Davidson, as part of a choral work, Listening to the Earth, commissioned by the New Jersey Parks Commission. Another poem, “Birding,” was commissioned by New Jersey Audubon for their centennial and  “Red Moon,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by US1. His book, Even That Indigo, was published was published by Hip Pocket Press in 2012.