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  George Garrett is the author of thirty-five books, including eight poetry collections, and editor or co-editor of twenty others. Garrett earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Princeton, and recently retired from the faculty of the University of Virginia after a forty-year teaching career. Among his honors and awards are the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Sewanee Review Fellowship in Poetry, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, the T.S. Eliot Award of the Ingersoll Foundation, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Together with his wife of more than fifty years, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.  
     
Elizabeth Seydel Morgan has published three books of poetry with Louisiana State University Press and a limited edition of poems and prints with artist Laura Pharis. Her collection, Without a Philosophy is forthcoming from LSU. Her poetry has appeared in many anthologies, including Poetry Daily and Billy Collins' Poetry 180, as well as periodicals Poetry, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Iowa Review and The Virginia Quarterly. Online, her work has appeared in Cortland Review, Blackbird and Poetry Daily. Morgan has also written short stories honored by awards from The VQR and Southern Review, a screenplay that won the Governor's Award at the Virginia Film Festival, and a translation of Euripides' Electra for the Penn Greek Drama Series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Morgan studied creative writing with Louis D. Rubin, Jr., at Hollins College, and poetry writing with Dave Smith for her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. She initiated the creative writing courses at St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's school, which she taught for twenty years. She has also taught poetry writing at University of Richmond, Washington and Lee University, Randolph Macon Women's College, Virginia Correctional Center for Women and Virginia Museum Studio School. Elizabeth Morgan has received an NEH grant to study at Harvard Summer Seminars with Dr.Helen Vendler, and eight fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Recently she has served on the VCCA Fellows Council. She is currently vice-president of the Richmond Public Library Foundation.  
     
Ron Smith is the author of Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery, runner-up for the National Poetry Series Open Competition and the Samuel French Morse Prize, and subsequently published by University Presses of Florida. His book Moon Road is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The Nation, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and in anthologies from Wesleyan University Press, Time-Life Books, University of Virginia Press, University of Georgia Press, University of Illinois Press, and elsewhere. His essay-reviews have appeared in The Kenyon Review and other magazines and reference works, most recently in The Georgia Review, Blackbird, and H-Arete. He is the regular poetry reviewer for The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Smith, a native of Savannah, Georgia, moved to Richmond, Virginia, to play college football; a number of his poems deal with the benefits, costs, values, and spectacle of sports. He holds degrees (B.A., M.A., M.H., M.F.A.) from University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University in philosophy, English, general humanities, and creative writing. He has also studied creative writing at Bennington College in Vermont, British drama at Worcester College, Oxford University, and Renaissance and modern culture and literature at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Merano, Italy. His awards and honors include the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, the Guy Owen Poetry Prize, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship. He travels as often as possible, especially in the countries bordering the Mediterranean. His poems set in Israel include "Yair Shows Us the Holy Land" and "In the Old City," both published in 1997. In the 21st century his poems set in England, Greece, and especially Italy have appeared in Ascent, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He has taught creative writing (poetry, fiction, drama), 20th century American poetry, and the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe at Mary Washington College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Richmond. He is a former President of the Poetry Society of Virginia and is a Trustee for the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and a member of the Board of Directors for James River Writers. Ron Smith is the first-ever Writer-in-Residence at St. Christopher's School (founded in 1911).  
   
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