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Michael Swan works in English language teaching and applied linguistics. His poems are published widely, and have won prizes, including The Times Stephen Spender competition for his translated version of Rilke’s Orpheus, Eurydike, Hermes.  His first collection was When They Come For You (Frogmore Press 2003) and his second The Shapes of Things (Oversteps Books 2011). He won the Poetry Society's 2010 Stanza Poetry Competition.

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Jennifer Reeser is the author of five books. X. J. Kennedy wrote that her debut "ought to have been a candidate for a Pulitzer." Her poems are anthologized in Random House, London's Everyman's Library Series, and Longman's An Introduction to Poetry, among others. Her translations of French, Russian and Cherokee appear widely. She has published book reviews, essays, and verse in Poetry, The Hudson Review, Light Quarterly, Able Muse, The Dark Horse, Mezzo Cammin, and others. She has received awards from The Lyric and The World Order of Narrative and Formalist Poets, and has been translated into numerous languages. She is Anglo-Celtic/Native American Indian, and lives and writes amid the bayous of Louisiana in the United States. Her website is:

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