Matthew Zapruder, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Camille Dungy, Sean Singer and Brian Spears. These are the people responsible for choosing the books in our Rumpus Poetry Book Club. They are esteemed. Here’s some information on the Poetry Advisory Board (PAD for short):
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea. 2005) and Apocalyptic Swing (Persea. 2009), which was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer’s Award and a fellowship to Civitella di Ranieri in Umbria. Her poems have been featured in the Washington Post and on Garrison Keillor’s Poet’s Almanac. She also writes the Sports Desk column for The Best American Poetry blog and is the Virtual Editor for Broadsided Press. She tweets @gabbat, @broadsidedpress and may be writing her third book @caracaraoriole. She lives in Los Angeles.
Camille T. Dungy is author of Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006), and Smith Blue, (forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press, 2011). She is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), and co-editor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea, 2009). Dungy has received fellowships from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf. She is associate professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
Sean Singer’s first book Discography won the 2001 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He has also published two chapbooks, Passport and Keep Right On Playing Through the Mirror Over the Water, both with Beard of Bees Press and is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a Ph.D. student in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark.
Brian Spears is the Poetry Editor of The Rumpus. His first book of poems, A Witness in Exile, is available from Louisiana Literature Press, and his poems have appeared in Quarterly West, The Southern Review, Measure and, most recently, Poets for Living Waters. He is a former Stegner Fellow and currently teaches literature and creative writing at Florida Atlantic University.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of two collections of poetry: American Linden (Tupelo Press, 2002), and The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon, 2006), selected by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also co-translator of Secret Weapon, the final collection by the late Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007). German and Slovenian language editions of his poems are forthcoming in 2009 from Luxbooks and Serpa Editions; Luxbooks has recently published a separate German language graphic novel version of the poem “The Pajamaist,” Der Pyjamaist, translated by Ron Winkler and illustrated by Martina Hoffman.