Bobbie Louise Hawkins was raised in west Texas, studied art in London, and taught in missionary schools in British Honduras. Her first one-woman show of paintings and collages was at the Gotham Book Mart in 1974. She is the author of a number of collections of short fiction and poems, including the new Selected Prose (BlazeVOX), My Own Alphabet (Coffee House), One Small Saga (Coffee House), Almost Everything (Coach House), Back to Texas, and the recently reprinted 15 Poems (Belladonna). She is locally famous for her stories of the American poetry and arts scene of the 1960s and onward, and for her home movies of people like John Cage, Richard Brautigan, and Charles Olson. Known also for her monologues and performances, she has two CDs, Live at the Great American Music Hall (with Terry Garthwaite and Rosalie Sorrels, Rounder Records) and Jaded Love. In 2001, Life As We Know It, a one-woman show, was performed in Boulder and at Joe’s Pub in New York City. She was on faculty at Naropa University until her retirement in 2010.
Brenda Coultas is the author of The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press, which won the Norma Farber Award from The Poetry Society of America, and a Greenwall Fund publishing grant from the Academy of American Poets. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Coultas recently served as visiting poet at Long Island University in Brooklyn New York. Her poetry can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness and Court Green. In 2012, she competed an artist’s residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice Italy and at the Millay Colony in Austerliz, New York. A Critical Mass, a collection of poetry, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2014. A graduate of the Kerouac School, she teaches at Touro College in New York City.
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