Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and grew up in East Liberty. After attending Peabody High School he worked as an exterminator, a door-to-door salesman, and steelworker, eventually graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. He has lived much of his life outside the United States, publishing infrequently. He is the author of Views of Jeopardy (1962), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Series; Monolithos (1982), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Great Fires (1994); and Refusing Heaven (2005), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was married to the American poet Linda Gregg and the late Japanese poet Michiko Nogami, to whom he dedicated a limited edition of elegaic poems published under the title Kochan (1982). He presently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Patric & Mary Ann
MARY ANN LARKIN
Mary Ann Larkin is a poet, writer, teacher and former fund-raising and publications consultant to nonprofit organizations. She is the author of four chapbooks, The Coil of the Skin, Washington Writers Publishing House; White Clapboard, Carol Allen of Philadelphia; The DNA of the Heart with Patric Pepper, Pond Road Press; and in 2005, A Shimmering That Goes With Us, Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, New Letters, Poetry Greece and other magazines and on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac" on National Public Radio, as well as in more than twenty local and national anthologies, including America In Poetry and Loving, a poetry and art series published by Harry Abrams of New York.
She has taught writing and literature in a number of colleges and universities, lately at Howard University in Washington, DC. Her involvement with poetry includes co-founding the Big Mama Poetry Troupe, a group of women poets, who performed from New York to Chicago in the seventies; giving numerous workshops and readings in schools, churches, jails and saloons; and writing for Foundation News, National Public Radio, and The Watershed Foundation, producers of literary radio programming. Before returning to teaching in 1992, she was Director of Major Donor Relations for Africare, a Washington, DC organization doing development work in rural Africa.
Patric Pepper lives in Washington DC. He is the author of Temporary Apprehensions, Washington Writers Publishing House, 2005. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications including Confrontations, The Distillery, WordWrights!, The Comstock Review, Blue Unicorn, Minimus, ELF, No Exit, Piedmont Literary Review, Hiram Poetry Review, The Chester K. Jones Anthology, American Poets & Poetry, Medicinal Purposes Literary Review and The Edge City Review.
Pepper’s chapbook, Zoned Industrial, was published by Poet to Poet, Richmond Hill, New York, in December 2000 as the first annual Medicinal Purposes Chapbook Contest winner. His Poem “Judas Tree” won the 1998 Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review. Since 1982 he has been a member of the Capitol Hill Poetry Group, which published a twentieth anniversary anthology, The Other Side of the Hill, 1975-1995, Forest Woods Media Productions Inc., 1996.
Meredith Holmes grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in English Literature. She has recently earned a master's degree in environmental urban studies from Cleveland State University's College of Urban Affairs. She has held a variety of writing and editing positions on newspapers and for publishing companies in the Cleveland area. In the 1970s, she was a member of Big Mama, a feminist poetry performance troupe. Her poems appear in their two anthologies, Big Mama and Big Mama Vol. 2. Meredith Holmes is a member of Night Vision, a poetry workshop that has been meeting monthly and giving occasional readings for 12 years. She is currently an editor and research project manager in the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. She lives with her family in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.