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Artists' and Writers' Biographies

Sandra Alcosser:
Alcosser shares thirty acres in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana with a dwindling population of bear, moose, elk, and mountain lion. Except by Nature received numerous national awards including the James Laughlin from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches in the graduate writing programs of Pacific University and SDSU and has served as Montana's first Poet Laureate. Since 2004, she has been Language of Conservation Poet for Poets House and New York and Chicago Zoological Societies. Alcosser received three fellowships from NEA, and her poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

Michele Burgess:
Burgess works in printmaking, painting, sculpture, and book art. She is co-director of Brighton Press and collaborates with other artists and poets on projects that involve the book as an art medium. Burgess's artist's books are in public collections across the country and have been exhibited at the Museé d'Art Americain in Giverny, France, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Fresno Art Museum, and Oceanside Museum of Art. She teaches in the art department at San Diego State University.

Robert Cremean:
Cremean was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1932 and was educated at Alfred University and Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1954 he received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Italy. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, and he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale 34. With the exception of the piece in process in his studio, all of his work is held either in private or public collections. Cremean has his studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Chard deNiord:
DeNiord is the author of four books of poetry, The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), named one of the ten best books of poetry in 2011 by the Boston globe, Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Lucille Dlifton, Donald Hall, Robert Bly, Jack Gilbert, and Maxine Kumin) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on Twentieth Century American Poets was published in December of 2011 by Marick Press. He is professor of English at Providence College and lives in Putney, Vermont, with his wife, Liz.

Peter Everwine:
Everwine was born in Michigan and raised in western Pennsylvania. His most recent collection of poems is From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in literature, and fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Fresno, California.

Janet Frame:
Frame was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1924, and is the country's best known author. Over three decades, she wrote twelve novels, a three-volume autobiography, as well as many short stories and poems. A film by Jane Campion based on Frame's autobiography was released in 1990, which led to a wider readership. She received numerous literary honors, as well as being named a New Zealand icon by the prime minister. She died in Dunedin in 2004.

Miya Hannan:
Hannan is a visual artist who combines sculpture, installation, and two-dimensional media. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. Hannan worked as a radiation technologist in her native Japan until 1998, when she moved to the United States to pursue her art education and to learn English. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Marie Luise Kaschnitz:
Kaschnitz was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1901, and was renowned in her home country as a distinguished poet and writer of fiction and essays, authoring more than thirty books. Having remained in Germany through the Nazi regime and the Second World War, she became an important voice in a literature of commitment concerned with confronting the immediate past. In her life she received the Georg Büchner Prize and Roswitha Prize, and, after her death in 1974, a literary prize commemorating her was established.

Bill Kelly:
Kelly is the founder of Brighton Press and a visual artist and writer. His personal work is housed in numerous public and private collections in the United States, including the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the Getty Research Institute, the Walker Art Center, and the Toledo Art Museum. Kelly was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2002 and continues making art and books in Vermont and California. He teaches in the art department at the University of San Diego.

Eric Lindbloom:
Lindbloom is an independent photographer who has had solo exhibitions at Gallery 292 in New York City, the Driskel Gallery in Provincetown, and the Center for Photography in Woodstock. He has had two monographs of his photographs published: Angels at the Arno (Godine), and Salt Grass (Lodima Press). Lindbloom's photographs are in public collections, including The New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Alinari Museum in Florence, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. His work is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.

Nelle Martin:
Martin is a Master Printer and Production Designer at Brighton Press, where she began as an apprentice in 1987. She has a BFA in painting, printmaking, and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Certificate in Architectural Drafting from the Phoenix Institute of Technology. Her published artwork is housed in numerous public and private collections in the United States. Her paintings and book arts have been exhibited both locally and nationally.

James Renner:
Renner is one of the founding members of Brighton Press, with which he has published three books. his sculptures, drawings, and collage are represented by Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York and by Taylor Bercier Fine Arts in New Orleans. He was born and still resides in San Diego.

Jerome Rothenberg:
Rothenberg is an internationally known poet, translator, anthologist, and performance artist who has written over eighty books of poetry and collected ten assemblages of traditional and contemporary work, such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. A book of essays, Poetics & Polemics, 1985-2005, appeared in 2008, and his recent books of poetry include Triptych, Gematria Complete, Concealments & Caprichos, and Retrievals: Uncollected & New Poems, 1955-2010.

Martha Serpas:
Serpas is the author of three collections of poetry, Cote Blanche, The Dirty Side of the Storm, and The Diener. A native of south Louisiana, she has been active in efforts to restore Louisiana's wetlands and has co-produced a documentary about coastal erosion. This is her second collaboration with Michele Burgess. Serpas teaches at the University of Houston and serves as a hospital trauma chaplain.

Ruth Stone:
Stone was born in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1915. She wrote thirteen books of poetry, most recently What Love Comes To, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Among her many recognitions are the Wallace Stevens Award, the National Book Award, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. She taught at Suny Binghamton for twenty-three years. In 2007 Stone was named Poet Laureate of Vermont, where she died in November of 2011.

Ian Tyson:
Tyson is a sculptor living and working in Provence, France. He has been making artists' books for the last forty-five years. He founded Tetrad Press (1970-95) followed by, in 1995. Recent exhibitions include "Sculptures and Wall Drawings," Eric Linard Gallerie, Droma, France, "Dialogues," Couvent de la Tourette, Eveux, France, and "Livres d'artiste / estampes," L'Ami Voyage, Avignon, France. His work is in many public and private collections in Europe and the United States.

Nancy Willard:
Willard is the author of two novels, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water (both from Knopf), and twelve books of poetry, including In the Salt Marsh. Her most recent book is a collection of essays on writing, The Left-Handed Story. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and poetry, and her book A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, was awarded the Newbery Medal for children's literature. She recently retired from teaching English at Vassar College after forty-seven years.