Digging to the Roots, 2013 Edition

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Larry GavinLarry Gavin, Faribault Minnesota

Larry Gavin’s three books of poetry Necessities, Least Resistance, and Stone & Sky are all from Red Dragonfly Press at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota.  In addition to poetry, Mr. Gavin worked for fifteen years as senior editor for Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine, where he wrote over eighty articles on the environment, fly fishing, and issues facing the Midwest’s cold-water streams.  He currently writes weekly for Minnesota Outdoor News, and coordinates writing panels for The Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo in Chicago and Minneapolis each year.


Janet McCannJanet McCann, College Station, Texas

Janet McCann is a Texas crone poet who has been teaching at Texas A&M since 1969.  She had an NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), fellowship grant in Poetry in 1989, and has numerous chapbooks and books as well as individual poems in journals.  Her most recent collection is Carlos' Cafe (Sacramento Poetry Center, 2012).




Lois Parker EdstromLois Parker Edstrom, Coupeville, Washington

Lois Parker Edstrom, a native of the Pacific Northwest, lives on an island off the coast of Washington.  The island and her love of art are the inspiration for many of her poems which have appeared in the Birmingham Arts Journal, Borderlands:  Texas Poetry Review, Rock and Sling, Connecticut River Review, among others. 


Odarka Polanskyj StockertOdarka Polanskyj Stockert, Millburn, New Jersey

Odarka Polanskyj Stockert is a New Jersey native poet and and long time member of South Mountain Poets. Odarka is also a long time collaborator of the Yara Arts Group, resident at the La Mama, etc. in New York City and has performed in many Yara poetry and experimental theater events and productions.  Odarka is a harpist, poet and songwriter, an engineer and inventor.  She lives in Millburn, with her family. 


Anne HardingAnne Harding Woodworth, North Carolina and Washington D.C.

Anne’s fourth book of poetry, The Artemis Sonnets, Etc., was published late last year, following her novella in verse, Spare Parts.  Her work is widely published in U.S. and Canadian journals.  She divides her time between the mountains of North Carolina and Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library.



Carl PalmerCarl Palmer, University Place, Washington

Twice nominated for the Micro Award in flash fiction and thrice for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, Carl Palmer is from Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, VA.  Carl now lives in University Place, WA.





Marri ChampieMarri Champie, Kuna, Idaho

Marri has an MA in Writing, with minors in photography and Earth Science.  She won three Dell Awards for Fantasy/Science Fiction, and is a published poet, and novelist.  She lives on a small ranch overlooking the Great Basin of Idaho with her horses and Jack Russell terriers.




Lucile BarkerLucile Barker, Toronto, Ontario

Lucile Barker is a Toronto poet, writer and activist. Since 1994, she has been the co-ordinator of the Joy of Writing, a weekly workshop at the Ralph Thornton Centre.

Recent publications include Memewar, Room, Antigonish Review, Rougarou, Litterbox, Flashlight Memories, Bat Shat, Snakeskin Review, Hinchas de Poesia, Jet Fuel Review,


Marge BarrettMarge Barrett, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Marge Barrett has published a chapbook of poetry, My Memoir Dress, prose and poetry in Best of the Web 2009, the Minnesota Historical Society’s The State We’re In, and numerous journals.  She has won creative writing awards from St. Catherine University and the MFA Program at the University of Minnesota and grants to study in Prague and St. Petersburg.  A former editor of River Images for the St. Croix ArtBarn and faculty advisor of Ivory Tower for the University of Minnesota, she currently teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and various writing workshops. 


Ina Roy-Faderman, M.D., Ph.D., Sunnyvale, California

Ina Roy-Faderman was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to Bengali parents, an incongruity which explains most of her subsequent activity.  While completing her MD at Stanford University, she studied creative writing through Stanford's English Department; she began publishing fiction and poetry while finishing her PhD in Philosophy at UC Berkeley.  Her creative work has appeared in Long Shot Magazine, Silver Web, Highlights for Children, Pif magazine and others. 


Jennifer FandelJennifer Fandel, St Louis, Missouri

Jennifer Fandel’s poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, Little Patuxent Review, Natural Bridge, Calyx, and A Face to Meet the Faces:  An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press).  She is a freelance writer and a contributing editor for River Styx.  A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Fandel has lived up and down the Mississippi River—in Louisiana, southern Minnesota, southern Illinois, and now St. Louis, Missouri.  She is fascinated by the diversity and history of the river and hopes that a greater spirit of interconnectedness between the states might change the fragile state of our Mighty Mississippi.