Meet the Poets

Featured Poets:  South Jersey Poets Collective has been honored to have distinguished visiting poets read as the featured poet at our World Above: Free Poetry Nights.  SJ Poets has had the honor of hosting the following poets at Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City.

W.D. Ehrhart
W. D. Ehrhart is author or editor of 20 books of poetry and prose, most recently The Bodies Beneath the Table (Adastra, 2010) and Dead on a High Hill (McFarland, 2012).  A Marine Corps veteran of both the Vietnam War and Vietnam Veterans Against the War, he has received an Excellence in the Arts Award from Vietnam Veterans of America and the President’s Medal from Veterans for Peace.  He holds a PhD from the University of Wales at Swansea, UK, and teaches English and history at the Haverford School in Pennsylvania.


April Lindner
April Lindner is the author of two books of poetry, This Bed Our Bodies Shaped from Able Muse Press and Skin from Texas Tech University Press.  She also has written two  novels—Jane, a modernization of Jane Eyre, published by Poppy, and Catherine, a retelling of Wuthering Heights, forthcoming in 2013.  With R. S. Gwynn, she co-edited Contemporary American Poetry, in Longman’s  Penguin Academic series.  A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, she lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania with her husband and sons.


Paul Siegell WLRFPAUL SIEGELL is the author of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). Trailers are yours for the YouTube-viewing [here], reviews for the Goodreads-reading [here], and t-shirts for the concrete poetry-wearing [here]. Paul is a copywriter by day, a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterlyby choice, and has contributed to American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Coconut, Rattle, and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul’s work – and concrete poetry t-shirts – at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL.

yezziDavid Yezzi is the author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly, 2003) and Azores (Swallow, 2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its premiere in San Francisco in 2003 and was released on CD from Arsis in 2007. A Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000, his poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, The Yale Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.  A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is executive editor of The New Criterion. He is currently at work on a libretto of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon for composer Cyril Deaconoff and West Bay Opera. His literary essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The (London) Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. As an actor and co-founder of Thick Description, a San Francisco theater company, Mr. Yezzi has performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Brecht, Goethe, Williams, and others, in the United States and Europe.

He earned a B.F.A in theater from Carnegie Mellon and an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Western State College in Colorado and in the writing program of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York. He lives in New York City with his family.

Ernest Hilbert Huntley Castle author photo 2Ernest Hilbert: Ernest Hilbert’s debut collection Sixty Sonnets (2009) was described by X.J. Kennedy as “maybe the most arresting sequence we have had since John Berryman checked out of America.” A sequel, All of You on the Good Earth, was published in 2013. He edited Deeper Than Darkness: Essays and Reflections on the Work of Anthony Hecht, which will be issued by Story Line Press in 2013. He supplies libretti and song texts for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa. His poems have appeared in several anthologies, including the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2011), and two Penguin anthologies, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology and Literature: A Pocket Anthology (2011). He hosts the popular blog and works as an antiquarian book dealer in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, an archaeologist.

SONY DSCPat-Hanahoe-Dosch: Pat Hanahoe-Dosch has an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster campus. Her poems have been published in The Atticus ReviewConfrontation, The Red River Review, San Pedro River Review, Red Ochre Lit, Nervous Breakdown, Quantum Poetry Magazine, The Paterson Literary Review, Abalone Moon, Switched-on Gutenberg, andPaterson: The Poets’ City (an anthology edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan), among others. Articles of hers have appeared in Travel BellesOn a Junket, and Wholistic Living News.  Her flash fiction story, “Serendip” is about to be published in the In Posse Review, #31. Her story, “Sighting Bia,” was selected as a finalist for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction. Her book, Fleeing Back, published by FutureCycle Press, is available or

mishlerPeter Mishler: Peter Mishler was educated at Emerson College and Syracuse University. He now teaches Creative Writing and English at Liverpool High School, a public school near Syracuse, NY. His poems have appeared in a variety of publications including The Antioch Review, Crazyhorse and Open Letters Monthly. He has just completed the manuscript PERIPHERY, and is at work on a writing project that invites Syracuse community members to record and re-record a significant memory over time to later have their work interpreted and displayed by visual artists.

Maria Gillan Color 5x7 newMaria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). Her latest book is The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012), and she has a book forthcoming in April 2013, entitled Writing Poetry to Save Your Life:  How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories from MiroLand Publishers (Guernica). She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.  She has published fifteen books of poetry, and with her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Her webpage is

 mcculloughLaura McCullough‘s most recent book of poems is Rigger Death & Hoist Another. Her other books are Panic, Speech Acts, and What Men Want. She is the editor of two anthologies: The Room & the World: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press, and A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. She has been awarded scholarships or fellowships from Sewanee Writers Conference, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, and others. Her essays, criticism, poems, creative non-fiction, and short fiction have appeared in The Georgia Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Pank, The Writer’s Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Pedestal, Painted Bride Quarterly, and others. She is the editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations and an editor at large for TranStudies Magazine. 


 Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of three books: Alibi School (Manic D, 1995), The Forgiveness Parade (Manic D, 1998), and The Splinter Factory (Manic D, 2002). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1994 and New (American) Poets. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a translated volume of his poems, Katastrophenkunde, is coming out this summer on Lautsprecherverlag in Germany. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Bolden2013 Emma Bolden’s Malificae, a book-length series of poems about the witch trials in early modern Europe, was published by GenPop Books in 2013. She is also the author of three chapbooks of poetry: How to Recognize a Lady, published as part of Edge by Edge, the third in Toadlily Press’ Quartet Series; The Mariner’s Wife, published by Finishing Line Press; and The Sad Epistles, published by Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry has appeared or will soon appear in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Conduit, the Indiana Review, the Greensboro Review, Redivider, Verse, Feminist Studies, The Journal, Guernica, and Copper Nickel. She has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and was the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship for the 2008 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a finalist for a Ruth Lily Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation/Poetry magazine. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University, and she maintains a blog at A Century of Nerve (

jrichardsonJames Richardson was raised in Garden City, New York. He earned a BA at Princeton University and a PhD at the University of Virginia.  Richardson’s numerous collections of poetry include National Book Award finalist By the Numbers (2010), National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms (2004), Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays (2001), and Reservations (1977). Richardson’s critical writings include Vanishing Lives: Tennyson, Rossetti, Swinburne and Yeats (1988), and Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Necessity (1977). His work has also been featured in numerous anthologies, including Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists (2007, edited by James Geary), American Religious Poems (2006, edited by Harold Bloom), and Great American Prose Poems: Poe to the Present (2003, edited by David Lehman).  His honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award in Literature; the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner, Cecil Hemley, and Emily Dickinson Awards; a Pushcart Prize; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Richardson has taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and Princeton University.

arrieukingCynthia Arrieu-King teaches creative writing and literature at Stockton College and is a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010), By Some Miracle a Year Lousy with Meteors (Dream Horse Press 2013) with Ariana-Sophia  Kartsonis and Manifest (Switchback  Books 2013). Her poems and reviews appear this year in The Denver Quarterly, Diode, and The Kenyon Review.

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