Jonathan Aibel‘s voice has been heard in the Brookline Poetry Series, where he was the opening reader for Alan Shapiro in 2016. He is a frequent contributor to their open mike. Jonathan has studied most recently with Lucie Brock-Broido and Henri Cole. His poems have been published in The Aurorean, Mason’s Road and Round Magazine, and included in the anthology Rhyme and Punishment from Local Gems Press. Jonathan spends his days wrestling software to the ground as an engineer specializing in quality and testing. He lives in Concord with his wife, son, and cat.
Ben Berman’s first book, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, is recently out from Able Muse Press. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He is the Poetry Editor at Solstice Literary Magazine and teaches in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and daughters.
Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was published by Iris Press in March 2017. A three-time Pushcart-Prize nominee, she’s also the author of Western Motel (Turning Point, 2012) and the chapbook Drive-Ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007). Her first children’s book, Buzz, Ruby, and Their City Chicks, coauthored with Joan Kaplan, was published by Ziggy Owl Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Ibbetson Street, J Journal, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, The Maine Review, The Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, The Worcester Review, and the Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others. In December, she completed certification training through Mass Poetry and Lesley University to become a poet in residence in the Boston public schools.
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