Jeanne Wager is the recipient of the Ann Stanford Prize, the Briar Cliff Review Award and the Inkwell Prize. The most recent of her five poetry collections, In the Body of Our Lives, was released by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2011. Her poem "Fanlight" won the 2011 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize.
David Wagoner is the author of fifteen books of poetry including Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems (Illinois, 1999) which won the William Stafford Memorial Award. His next book, The House of Song, will appear in 2002. He has published ten novels, one of which, The Escape Artist (Ballantine, 1982), was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola. He has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the Fels Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and has twice been nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry. A former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, he has been the editor of Poetry Northwest since 1966. (2001)
Diane Wakoski has published more than forty collections of poems, including the four books that constitute her series The Archaeology of Movies and Books: Argonaut Rose (1998), The Emerald City of Las Vegas (1995), Jason the Sailor (1993), and Medea the Sorceress (1991), all published by Black Sparrow Press; and Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987 (Black Sparrow, 1988), which won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Her new poems appear in Smartish Pace Issues 6 & 15. [bio updated 2008]
Mukoma Wangugi grew up in Kenya and is currently in the Masters in Creative Writing Program, with an emphasis in poetry, at Boston University. (2000)
Barrett Warner has had poems published in The Comstock Review, Roanoke Review, Baltimore Review and Gargoyle. His chapbook, Til I’m Blue In The Face, was published in 1995 by Tropos Press. (2000)
Rosanna Warren is the author of four books of poetry including Stained Glass (Norton, 1993), a Lamont Poetry Selection, and Departure (Norton, 2003). Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Watkins, Marguerite Thoburn
Marguerite Thoburn Watkins was born in the foothills of the Himalayas, lived there and in Jabalpur in Central India as a child, and spent most of her adult life in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the author of the memoir Two Taproots: Growing Up in the Forties in India and America (2004) and a poetry collection, Patterns in Henna (2007), both self-published through Xlibris. [bio updated 2011]
Webb, Charles Harper
Charles Harper Webb's most recent book of poems, Hot Popsicles (Wisconsin) was published in 2005. He teaches in the MFA Program at California State University—Long Beach. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issues 4, 10 & 13. [bio updated 2006]
Terrance Wedin was born in Blackburg, VA, and is finishing his BA at Virginia Tech. His first published poem appeared in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. Wedin also read for Smartish Pace in 2008 at the Issue 15 release party in Baltimore at Whole Gallery. [bio updated 2008]
Henry Weinfield’s most recent collection of poems, The Sorrows of Eros and Other Poems (Notre Dame), was published in 1999. His translation of and commentary on the Collected Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé was published by the University of California Press in 1995. He teaches at the University of Notre Dame and is working on a translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days and Theogony. (2002)
William Wenthe is the author of Birds of Hoboken (Orchises, 1995) and Not Till We Are Lost (LSU, 2003). He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Texas Commission on the Arts. He teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech University. On March 6, 2004 he participated in the Smartish Pace Reading Series at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Baltimore. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issues 8 and 12.
Jim Whelden earned his M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. He is a World War II Army veteran and former President of the Delaware Valley Poets. His poetry has been honored with the Byron I. Reece Award, First Prize 1999 (Georgia State Poetry Society) and the Whiskey Island Prize, 3rd place 1999 (Cleveland State University). He lives in Whiting, New Jersey with his wife Bea. (2000)
Gail White lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and is a regular contributor to The Formalist and other publishers of formal poetry. Her latest book is The Price of Everything (Mellen Poetry Press, 2001). Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Sarah White lives in New York City. Her poems have appeared in Hanging Loose, New Orleans Review, Poetry New Zealand, Shenandoah, The Paris Review and have been featured at Poetry Daily. (2004)
White, Katharine S.
Katharine S. White (1892-1977) was Fiction Editor for The New Yorker from 1925 to 1960. Her book Onward and Upward in the Garden (FSG, 1979) includes 14 pieces that first appeared in The New Yorker and were posthumously collected by her husband E.B. White. The letters that appear in this issue of Smartish Pace are excerpted from Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011. Copyright © 2011 by the Alice H. Methfessel Trust. Selection copyright © 2011 by Joelle Biele. All rights reserved. [bio updated 2011]
Whitehead, Gary J.
Gary J. Whitehead is the author of The Velocity of Dust (Salmon, 2004) and three chapbooks of poetry. His second full-length collection is forthcoming from David Robert Books next fall. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing at Iowa State University and the PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 15. [bio updated 2008]
Stephen Wiest is a graduate of Gonzaga University and is currently attending medical school at the University of Washington. (2004)
Caki Wilkinson’s poems have appeared in the The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry and Southwest Review. She was a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellow and lives in Cincinnati. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of three books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn, 2008) and The Hero Project of the Century (Backwaters, 2009), and several chapbooks including Futures, Elections (Dos Madres, 2004) and Musique Noir (Overhere, 2006). [bio updated 2011]
Greg Williamson’s first book, The Silent Partner, won the 1995 Nicholas Roerich Prize and was published by Story Line Press. His second book, Errors in the Script (Overlook), was runner-up for the 2003 Poet’s Prize. In 2004, he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University and on November 7, 2002 he participated in the Smartish Pace Reading Series at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Baltimore. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issues 7 and 12.
Corrie Williamson is a native of Botetourt County, Virginia, and is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Arkansas. Her poems have also appeared in Fugue, Perigee and Tar River Poetry. The poem published in Issue 18 is in memory of Blake Herman. [bio updated 2011]
Wilson, Eliot Khalil
Eliot Khalil Wilson teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His first book, The Saint of Letting Small Fish Go, won the 2002 Cleveland State Poetry Prize. (2004)
Terence Winch's most recent book of poetry is Boy Drinkers (Hanging Loose, 2007), and his ﬁfth book, Falling Out of Bed in a Room With No Floor, is forthcoming from Hanging Loose in 2011. In 2007 he released the album When New York Was Irish, which includes many of his compositions originally recorded by Celtic Thunder, an Irish band he co-founded in 1977. A video of his 2009 Smartish Pace reading appears at www.smartishpace.com. [bio updated 2011]
Paul-Victor Winters is an MFA candidate at Indiana University. His chapbook, Muscle & Bone (1995), was published by Slapering Hol Press. (1999)
Mark Wisniewski is the author of One of Us One Night (poems, Platonic 3Way, 2006) and Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman (novel, Hi Jinx, 1997).
George Witte’s second collection, Deniability, will be published by Orchises Press in 2009. His first collection, The Apparitioners, was published by Three Rail Press in 2005. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
David Wojahn is the author of six collections of poetry: Spirit Cabinet (2002), The Falling Hour (1997), Late Empire (1994), Mystery Train (1990), and Glassworks (1987, winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award), all from the University of Pittsburgh; and Icehouse Lights (1982, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award). He is also the author of Strange Good Fortune (University of Arkansas, 2001), a collection of essays on contemporary verse. He is the editor (with Jack Myers) of A Profile of Twentieth Century American Poetry (Southern Illinois University, 1991). He also edited The Only World (HarperPerennial, 1995), a posthumous collection of Lynda Hull’s poetry.
He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Illinois Arts Council, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as writing residencies from the Yaddo and McDowell colonies. Among his other awards and honors are the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship; the William Carlos Williams Award and the Celia B. Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America; Vermont College’s Crowley/Weingarten Award for Excellence in Teaching; the George Kent Prize from Poetry magazine, and three Pushcart Prizes. His poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in many journals and anthologies, among them The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Best American Poetry series, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Georgia Review, and TriQuarterly. Wojahn teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Sarah Wolfson has taught poetry and writing to students at the University of Michigan (where she received her MFA) and to incarcerated men and women with the Prison Creative Arts Project. Her poems also appear in Good Foot and Spinning Jenny. She is from Vermont and now lives in Dresden, Germany. (2004)
Richard Wollman is the author of a chapbook, A Cemetery Affair (Finishing Line, 2004) and a full-length collection of poetry, The Art of Need, forthcoming from The Sheep Meadow Press. He teaches at Simmons College where he directs the graduate program in creative writing and literature. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 12.
Susan Wood's fourth book of poetry, The Book of Ten (Pittsburgh, 2011), was recently published. Campo Santo (LSU, 1991) won the Lamont Prize of the Academy of American Poets and the Natalie Ornish Prize of the Texas Institute of Letters, and Asunder (Penguin, 2001) was a National Poetry Series selection and recipient of the Best Book of Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. A former Guggenheim and NEA fellow, her poems have been awarded a James Dickey Prize in Poetry, selected for a Pushcart Prize and included in The Best American Poetry (Scribner), 2000 and 2006. She is the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English at Rice University. [bio updated 2011]
Amy Woolard is a senior policy attorney with Voices for Virginia’s Children, a public policy and advocacy organization focused on children and poverty. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her work has appeared in journals such as Fence, Puerto del Sol and Phoebe. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poem "A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose" won Third Place in the 2011 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize.
Wortman, Leslie R.
Leslie R. Wortman attends the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. (1999)
Stefanie Wortman is ﬁnishing a PhD at the University of Missouri. Her poems have appeared in New Orleans Review, Subtropics and The Yale Review. Her manuscript, In the Permanent Collection, was a ﬁnalist for the National Poetry Series 2009 Open Competition. [bio updated 2011]
William Wright’s Dark Orchard was published in 2005 by Texas Review Press and awarded the Breakthrough Poetry Prize. He is co-editor (with Stephen Gardner) of the Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review, 2008), a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and founding editor of Town Creek Poetry. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).
Robert Wrigley's eighth collection of poetry, Earthly Meditation: New and Selected Poems (Penguin) was published in 2006. Reign of Snakes (Penguin, 1999) won the Kingsley Tufts Award. He hs been awarded the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, the Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest and two Pushcart Prizes. He is Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho. His poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 14. [bio updated 2007]
Jennie Wrisley earned an MA in English from the University of Iowa and is working on an MFA in poetry at Texas State University. She lives on a ranch and raises fowl. These are her ﬁrst published poems. [bio updated 2011]