Soon after Publisher’s Weekly failed to include the work of even one woman in its Top Ten Books of 2009 list, writer and journalist Louisa Ermelino, one of the judges, wrote that it “disturbed us when we were done that our list was all male.” It disturbed other writers, too—both female AND male—and Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu decided to take action.
Alicia Ostriker’s most recent collection of poems is the Book of Seventy. Her 1980 anti-war poem sequence the Mother/Child Papers was recently reprinted by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and her chapbook At the Revelation Restaurant will be published by Marick Press.
Maxine Kumin's 17th poetry collection, forthcoming in the spring of 2010, is Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. Her awards include the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost Medals.
Claudia Emerson earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was poetry editor for The Greensboro Review. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Smartish Pace, The Southern Review, Shenandoah,
Janice N. Harrington’sEven the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007) won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois.
Maureen Seaton's recent publications include Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2009) and a memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (University of Wisconsin Press Living Out Series, 2008), winner of the Lambda Literary Award.
Allison Joseph lives, writes and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the Southern Illinois University Carbondale MFA Program in Creative Writing, serves as editor and poetry editor with Crab Orchard Review, and directs an annual summer writing conference for teen writers.