Sarah Kennedy holds an MFA from Vermont College and a PhD from Purdue University. She is the author of six books of poems, including Consider the Lilies (David Robert Books 2004), Double Exposure (Cleveland State University Press Open Competition Winner 2003), and Flow Blue (Elixir Press Prize in Poetry Winner 2002). Sarah Kennedy has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a contributing editor for Shenandoah and West Branch.
Rick Plant, professor of English, holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and Washington University, St. Louis. Prof. Plant’s research interests are in short fiction, modern American fiction, autobiography, and creative writing. He has published short fiction, personal essays, poems, and reviews in a variety of national magazines and anthologies. His national writing awards include an O. Henry Prize for short fiction, a “Novella Breakthrough” award (with publication by Texas Review Press), and a “Notable Essay” designation in the Best American Essays anthology. His manuscript story collection The Misery of Music was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award (University of Georgia Press) and the Spokane Prize in Fiction (Eastern Washington University Press).