FRAN BAIRD studied with David Ignatow in the 1980s and more recently at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop with Cathy Smith Bowers, John Drury and Jamey Dunham. He was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2009 for his poem “Neshaminy,” published in the Schuylkill Valley Journal. He currently studies with poet Leonard Gontarek as a member of the Osage Avenue Poets. As an adjunct professor he has taught social work and psychology at LaSalle University and criminal justice at West Chester University. His first chapbook Painting With My Father will be published in 2019 by Finishing Line Press.
NAUSHEEN EUSUF is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University and a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Best American Poetry 2018, Poetry Daily, Salmagundi, PN Review, Smartish Pace, World Literature Today, and other journals. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was recently published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh).