Maggie Dietz is the author of That Kind of Happy (2016), and Perennial Fall (2006), which won a Jane Kenyon Award and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. She previously taught creative writing at Boston University and served as assistant poetry editor for Slate from 2004 to 2012. She has also served as director of the Favorite Poem Project, founded by Robert Pinsky during his terms as United States poet laureate. With Pinsky, she coedited the anthologies Americans’ Favorite Poems(1999), Poems to Read (2002), and An Invitation to Poetry (2004). Dietz is the recipient of a Grolier Poetry Prize, a George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is Associate Professor in the creative writing concentration at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Joel Carpenter is a poet based in Portland, Maine. Joel’s poetry roots stem from being a singer/songwriter in bands for over a decade.
While working with children at an after school program Joel started a poetry club. The club exceeded expectations and caught the eye of a publisher. Together they released “Never Ending Fall,” an anthology of poetry by children, released in 2015.
Following the success of Never Ending Fall, Joel released his first work of poetry “Things We Lost.”
The debut poetry books pulls influences from a mixture of Bukowski, John Keats and Jim Morrison, which always makes for an interesting reading.
Joel is also the founder of Underground Writers Association, a non profit publishing company that helps local writers share their poetry. UWA was founded in November 2017 and is set to release five books by the end of the year.