Carol Szamatowicz Born among ten siblings on Chicago?s Southside to a Montanan nurse and a stockyard worker. Arrived alone NYC 1972, still in her teens, settled in East Village. Traveled and wrote in France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Taught children in NYC for thirty years. Currently teaching yoga. Books of poetry include Zoop (Owl Press, 2001); Reticular Pop-Ups (Insurance Editions, 2004); and Blasting through a Hole in the Universe (Green Zone Editions, 2009), among others. Forthcoming: Acme Rubbers (Insurance Editions, 2017); I Am Kit Carson (Tent Editions, 2017)
Ann Stephenson’s chapbooks include Adventure Club, Wirework, and The Poles (forthcoming). Some recent poems have appeared in Across the Margin, The Brooklyn Rail, The Delineator, Ladowich, The Recluse, and TYPO – as well as the anthology Like Musical Instruments: 83 Contemporary American Poets by John Sarsgard and Larry Fagin (Broadstone Books). She is the editor of Tent Editions, which will soon be releasing chapbooks from Marcella Durand and Carol Szamatowicz. She received her MFA from Bard College in 2007, and previously curated the Ready Set Readings series at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta. She was born and raised in Georgia and lives and works in New York City.
Kostas Anagnopoulos was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago. His mother was a seamstress and his father was the editor of a Greek-American leftist newspaper. He has been awarded grants from the Fund for Poetry and a fellowship from NYFA. Anagnopoulos is the founder and editor of Insurance Editions. He has published six chapbooks: Irritant, Daydream, Various Sex Acts, Some of My Reasons, Night Loop and What Works. His book titled Moving Blanket was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010. His forthcoming book is titled Seven Books. For the last ten years, he has volunteered as an end-of-life doula for The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort in New York City. He lives in Jackson Heights, New York, with his husband and daughter.