Judith Baumel’s previous books are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won The Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Now, and The Kangaroo Girl which was named a top five poetry book of 2011 by The Forward. She is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She has served as president of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, director of The Poetry Society of America and a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.
George Kovach is founding editor and publisher of CONSEQUENCE magazine, the international literary journal addressing the culture and consequences of war through literature and the arts. A poet and combat veteran, he directs a series of writing workshops for war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Oksana Lutsyshyna is a Ukrainian writer and poet. She is the author of four books of fiction and four books of poetry, all published in Ukraine. She is currently working as Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches Ukrainian language and literature, as well as other Eastern European literatures. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia. She also translates Ukrainian poetry into English in collaboration with the New York-based poet and writer Olena Jennings.
Ben Mazer is currently editing The Collected Poems of Delmore Schwartz for Farrar Straus & Giroux. Although his scholarly editing has grown to be known almost as widely as his poetry, Mazer is primarily a poet, of Boston and New York associations. Widely published overseas, he has published more than ten collections of poetry, including Poems, January 2008, The Glass Piano, December Poems, February Poems, and, most recently, Selected Poems. Thomas Graves’ book-length critical study of Ben Mazer’s poetry, Ben Mazer and the New Romanticism, will be published by Pen & Anvil Press in 2020.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.