Costa Rican-American Mark Smith-Soto is professor of Romance Languages and Director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he edits International Poetry Review. Winner of a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, he’s had poetry in Antioch Review, Callaloo, Chattahoochee Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Quarterly West, The Sun, and many other literary magazines. His chapbook Green Mango Collage won the North Carolina Writers’ Network Year 2000 Persephone Competition. Another chapbook, Shafts, won the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2001 Randall Jarrell-Harperprints Poetry Competition. His first full-length book of poetry, Our Lives Are Rivers [University Press of Florida, 2003], was runner-up for the Best N.C. Poetry Book of the Year award offered by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. His 2006 collection, Any Second Now [Main Street Rag Publishing Company], was selected as a Notable Finalist for the 2007 Brockman-Campbell Award of the NC Poetry Society. In 2008, his Waiting Room was published by Red Mountain Review as the winner of their annual chapbook competition. An avid amateur playwright, he’s had fourteen ten-minute plays locally produced, and one, Trio, inspired by a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, was published by Dramatic Publishing of Chicago in 2005.
Janice Sullivan is currently President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina and member-at-large on the board of the NC Poetry Society. She is active in the WGOT poetry groups and in regional poetry organizations. She has been published in several journals and collections, including Coastal Carolina Poetry, Bay Leaves (for second place in James Larkin Pearson Contest), International Icarus, Flying Machines (2000), Pembroke, and Turn in Time…. She received first place for the Poetry of Love Award in 2002, and appears in NC Poetry Society Award Winning Poems.
Bob Webb, a current resident of Detroit, Michigan, was President and webmaster of WGOT and originated the WGOT website (www.triadwriters.org). Bob was regional workshop coordinator (Greensboro branch) of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, a member of the Greensboro Playrights Forum, and wrote within the WGOT nonfiction and children’s writers groups. He was executive editor for Car Biz magazine in Detroit, Candid Viewer magazine in Chicago, and his color photography has been on the covers of Xpressions magazine, an automotive aftermarket publication. Born in Arizona, he has lived in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami Beach and Greensboro. Bob has a short story and children’s song in the anthology Candle In The Attic (2001), an article in the veterans’ anthology Freedom’s Heroes (2002), and contributed photography and coordinated illustrations for the biography Silent Like a Lion (2003).
Stephen G. Wessells, a native of Richmond, Virginia, attended Guilford College and moved to Greensboro in 1975. He has written poetry for over forty years, and is dedicated to restoring formalism to respectability. Major influences include Ezra Pound and the Romantic poets.