Lisa Calderone is the founder of The Entrepreneurial Parent (1998-2002) and the author of two books on working at home with children. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2010 and is the founding editor of Mason’s Road, the program’s first literary journal. She has worked at various academic institutions since 2002 in the areas of content strategy and development communications.
Frank Perrelli, Jr is a hobbyist photographer who is drawn to color and candor. A former printing press operator, he has been connecting daily with nature as the owner of a landscaping company along the Connecticut shoreline for more than 20 years.
Contest Judges - 2017
Our Contest Judges for the year ahead are in place. See their profiles below and consider joining the team for either or both upcoming 2017 issues. Our “world adventure” begins – join us!
Kim Bridgford is the director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, the cultural curator of the Poetry by the Sea Reading Series at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the artistic director of the music and poetry series at Amtrak/ 30th Street Station, Center City, Philadelphia. As editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, a comprehensive database of women poets, with celebrations at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, at PAFA, and at Fordham-Lincoln Center. The recipient of grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the NEA, and the Ucross Foundation, Bridgford is the author of nine books of poetry, including the recent Human Interest. With Russell Goings, she rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of The Children of Children Keep Coming, for which she wrote the introduction.
Pete Duval’s novella Strange Mercies was published by Working Titles, an imprint of The Massachusetts Review. His collection, Rear View, won the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize and the Connecticut Book Award. Other awards include Grain Magazine’s Short Grain fiction prize and Florida State University’s World’s Best Short-Short Story. He is a recipient of two Connecticut artist grants. His work has appeared in Massachusetts Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Meridian, Witness and Appalachian Heritage, among others. He edits and designs books for Story Line Press. He holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from Boston University, a master’s in literature from the University of Illinois, and a master’s in film studies from New York University.
Eric D. Lehman teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and his essays, reviews, poems, and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines. His dozen books include A History of Connecticut Food, Literary Connecticut, A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard,Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant, Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut , andAfoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History,nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity was released by Wesleyan University Press and won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America, and was chosen as one of the American Library Association’s outstanding university press books of the year. 2015 saw the publication of three books: Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London, the story collection The Foundation of Summer, and Connecticut Town Greens: History of the State’s Common Centers. 2016 sees the long-awaited publication of his novella, Shadows of Paris.
He believes that history and travel help us know the place we live, and therefore know ourselves.
Amy Nawrocki is a poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at theUniversity of Bridgeport. She graduated with a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and earned her M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. She lives now in Hamden, Connecticut with her husband Eric D. Lehman and their two cats, Maple and Django.
Amy is the author of three chapbooks, Potato Eaters (Finishing Line Press, 2008), Nomad’s End (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and Lune de Miel (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Released February, 2014–Four Blue Eggs was published by Homebound Publications, also available from independent bookstores like Byrd’s Books in Bethel, CT on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and as an Ebook. Her latest book Reconnaissance is available now. In addition to poetry, she co-authored three Connecticut history books.
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