Thomas Centolella is the author of four collections of poetry. The most recent, Almost Human, won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press, selected by Edward Hirsch. His honors include the American Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and publication in the National Poetry Series. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University where he studied poetry with Denise Levertov and fiction with Grace Paley. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies and on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” He has taught creative writing for many years in the Bay Area.
Diana Goetsch is the author of eight collections of poems—most recently Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises) and In America (forthcoming from Rattle)—and the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Her work has appeared in many leading magazines and anthologies including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and Best American Poetry. Known as a generous and innovative teacher, Diana has taught writing in colleges, MFA programs, art centers, jails and living rooms for 30 years. Currently she is the Grace Paley Teaching Fellow in writing at The New School.