David Wright's poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Image, Rock & Sling, 32 Poems, and Ecotone, among others. His books include A Liturgy for Stones (DreamSeeker Books, 2013) and The Small Books of Bach (Wipf & Stock, 2014). He is a past recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Fellowship. He lives in Central Illinois where he teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College.
"As the stones themselves cry out—even in their stillness—their praise, so do these sculpted poems manifest—even in their praise—a glimpse of holy stillness. In A Liturgy for Stones, David Wright has come upon a rich and enriching vein whereby our daily narratives may be seen to partake of the greater story, our many comedies and tragedies to partake of the One." —Scott Cairns, author of Philokalia: New & Selected
Marci Rae Johnson works for Salon.com. She is also the Poetry Editor for The Cresset and for WordFarm press. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Main Street Rag, The Collagist, Rhino, Quiddity, Hobart, Redivider, Redactions, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection of poetry, The Eyes the Window, won the Powder Horn Prize and was published by Sage Hill Press in 2013, and her second full length collection, Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, was released by Steel Toe Books in early 2016. Her chapbook, A Dictionary of Theories, won the Friends of Poetry chapbook contest for Michigan authors in 2014 and was published by Celery City Chapbooks.
“The book thrusts us into linguistics and semiotics, but does so by means of a kind of picqaresque love story, which is in part also the story of Johnson’s own writing of the story and of our reading it, and of the inevitable split between the story and the experience.”
—Christopher Howell, author of Love’s Last Number, and Winner of the Washington State Book Award.