Staff

William Baer

(Founding Editor)

William Baer grew up in the Bronx and Wayne, New Jersey.  A graduate of Rutgers and N.Y.U, he completed his dissertation in creative writing at the University of South Carolina under James Dickey.  After attending the Johns Hopkins' Writing Seminars, where he studied under John Barth and David St. John, he was a Fulbright Professor in American Literature at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.  He then attended the University of Southern California's Graduate School of Cinema where he received the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award.  In 1995, he received a Creative Writing Grant in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He has published two books of poems: The Unfortunates, which received the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1997; and "Borges" and Other Sonnets (2003).  His poetry has appeared in The Hudson Review, The New Criterion, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, The New York Quarterly, and other periodicals.  He has also edited two books of interviews: Conversations with Derek Walcott (1996), and Elia Kazan: Interviews (2000).  

He currently teaches creative writing and cinema at the University of Evansville in southwest Indiana.

Mona Baer

(Managing Editor)

Mona Baer grew up in upstate New York.  She's a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where she received a Language Department Achievement Award.  Later, she completed an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California's Graduate School of Cinema, where she won a national Focus Award for her editing of Heroes, a short film that also won the Focus and Student Oscar Awards for Best Picture.  She's taught writing at the University of Southern California and the University of Evansville, and is, currently, homeschooling her children, Maggie and Billy.

Samuel Maio

(Associate Editor)

Samuel Maio grew up in Colorado. He's a graduate of the University of Utah and the University of Southern California, where he received his doctorate in literature under the renowned Americanists Jay Martin and Ronald Gottesman. He is the author of a collection of poems, The Burning of Los Angeles, as well as the critical study Creating Another Self: Voice in Modern American Personal Poetry, which was a Christian Gauss Award finalist. He has published numerous poems, stories, essays, and reviews in a wide range of journals including The Antioch Review, The Bloomsbury Review, Northwest Review, The Southern California Anthology, The Chariton Review, and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Jose State University.

Henry Russell

(Associate Editor) 

Henry Russell grew up in central Pennsylvania.  He's a graduate of Princeton University and the University of South Carolina, where he did his thesis under James Dickey.  He completed his doctorate at Louisiana State University, where he was a Federation Fellow.  His critical and creative work has been published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, South Central Review, POMPA, Renascence, and other journals.  He has also served on the editorial staff at The Henry James Review and as the Chair of the Russian Literature Section of SCMLA.  He is currently a professor of English at Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Rob Griffith

(Website Editor)

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Rob Griffith is the author of four award-winning books of poetry, including A Matinee in Plato's Cave (Water Press and Media, 2008), winner of the 2009 Best Book of Indiana Award; Poisoning Caesar (Finishing Line Press, 2004); and Necessary Alchemy (Middle Tennessee State University Press, 1999), winner of the Tennessee Chapbook Prize. A new, full-length collection of poetry, The Moon from Every Window, was recently released by David Robert Books. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as Poetry, River Styx, The North American Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Sewanee Theological Review, Prairie Schooner, The Oxford American, Spoon River Review, Classical Outlook, Connecticut Review, and many others. He is the editor of the poetry journal Measure and Co-Director of the University of Evansville Press, which manages the Richard Wilbur book award. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Evansville, Indiana, where he also is the Director of the First Year Seminar Program and Director of the Harlaxton Summer Writing Program.

 

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