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13 Fresh Faces

Cally Conan-Davies hails from Tasmania, the small island state of Australia famous for apples and wilderness. She studied literature and psychology in Melbourne, taught English, and practiced biblio-therapy for several years before moving to the United States in 2012 when she married poet David Mason.  She spends most of her time in Oregon and Colorado. Her poems have appeared, and are forthcoming, in Poetry, Quadrant, the New Criterion, the Hudson Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Southwest Review, among others, and in various online journals.

Lawrence Kessenich lives in Watertown, Massachusetts and is the co-managing-editor of the literary magazine Ibbetson Street. His poetry has been published in the Atlanta Review, Poetry Ireland Review and many other magazines. He is the author of the poetry collections Strange News (Pudding House Publications, 2008) and Before Whose Glory (FutureCycle Press, 2013). In 2010 he received the Strokestown International Poetry Prize. Kessenich has also published essays—one of which was featured on NPR’s This I Believe in 2010 and appears in the anthology This I Believe: On Love—and he has had plays produced in New York, Boston and Durango, Colorado.

Adrian Frazier is a Professor in the English Department of the National University of Ireland, Galway.  He is a biographer, literary historian, and critic. At present, he is writing a book on Maud Gonne and her lover Lucien Millevoye.


Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, was educated at Oxford University. A poet, critic, and former editor of the Kenyon Review, he has authored over 30 books, including The New World (Princeton University Press, 1985, 2nd edition Ilium Press, 2011), The Culture of Hope (The Free Press, 1995), Genesis: an Epic Poem (Saybrook and Norton, 1988, 2nd edition Ilium Press, 2011), Hadean Eclogues (Story Line Press, 1999), Shakespeare's Twenty-First Century Economics (Oxford University Press, 1999), Paradise: Selected Poems 1990-2003 (David Robert Books, 2004), Two Ghost Poems (Turning Point Press, 2011), and Epic: Form, Content, History (Transaction Publishers, 2012).  With his colleague Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, he won Hungary’s highest literary honor for their translations of Miklós Radnóti’s poetry.

Kevin Gardner is a professor of English at Baylor University.  He is the author of John Betjeman: Writing the Public Life and the editor of three volumes of Betjeman’s poetry and prose.  He has published widely on British literature from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, with essays on poets ranging from Dryden and Pope to C. H. Sisson, Anthony Thwaite, and Peter Scupham.

Jonathan Rose is William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University, where he directs the graduate program in History and Culture.  He was the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, and he is now coeditor of the journal Book History.  He has published The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation, A Companion to the History of the Book, and The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, which won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History and the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize.  His next book, The Literary Churchill: Writer, Reader, Actor, will be published by Yale University Press in April 2014.

Rebecca Foust, born in Altoona, PA, worked as a lawyer and an advocate for students with autism for 25 years before earning her MFA from Warren Wilson in 2010. Her books include God, Seed (Foreword Book Award), All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving Book Prize), and two chapbooks, recipients of the Robert Phillips Poetry Prize in consecutive years. One of the poems published in the Sewanee Review is from a new manuscript shortlisted for the Dorset and Kathryn A. Morton prizes. Foust is an assistant editor at Narrative, and her poems are in current issues of Hudson Review, North American Review, Mudlark, South Carolina Review, Zyzzyva, and others.

As a Pittsburgh native, Alaska had never really entered Kathleen Witkowska Tarr's imaginative map, until she read John McPhee's, Coming Into the Country, in 1978. Because of that book, she realized how much she had to learn, and so she packed her bags and headed north, eager for whatever Alaska's land and people would teach her. She has worked as the Program Coordinator for Univeristy of Alaska Anchorage's  Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing, and served as an adjunct faculty member teaching undergraduate creative writing for the university. As a nonfiction writer, her work has explored Alaska-Russia history, the natural world, food, travel, and spirituality. She's published essays in Creative Nonfiction; We Alaskans; Cirque; Alaska Airlines Magazine; 49 Writers; and various newspapers and anthologies.

Pamela Gross's first poetry collection, Birds of the Night Sky / Stars of the Field, was published by the University of Georgia Press.

John Kinsella, a native of Australia, is the author of over twenty collections of poetry, as well works of fiction, criticism, essay, and biography. His most recent collection is titled Jam Tree Gully (W. W. Norton). He edits the international poetry journal Salt and serves as the Kenyon Review's International Editor. In his “Alternative Biography,” Kinsella describes himself as “ a vegan anarchist pacifist of 16 years . . . a supporter of worldwide indigenous rights, and an absolute supporter of land rights.”

Since completing the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA Program in 2009, Michael Beeman has placed writing in the Sewanee Review,, the South Carolina Review, Thought Catalog, Necessary Fiction, Publishers Weekly, Per Contra, and ForeWord Reviews, among other venues. He edits fiction for Big Lucks and reads for Electric Literature's Recommended Reading series. Originally from New England, he now lives in Washington, DC, where he is an enthusiastic volunteer at Dave Eggers' non-profit tutoring center 826DC.

Read our remembrance of first time contributor G. D. Lillibridge, whose essay lends the title to our fall 2013 issue, “Innocents and Others Abroad: Biography and Memoir,” recounts his family’s life in France and England following World War II.