Beth Feldman Brandt began writing poems on March 18, 2004 at 4:00 am in a hotel in New York City. Since then, her work has explored such divergent themes as ocean habitats, atomic clocks, herbal remedies and the Origin of Species. She collaborated with painter and book artist Claire Owen on Sage, a book of poems and images based a rare herbal text from 1633. Her poem, "Transmutation," based on the life of Charles Darwin, was set to music by Andrew Litts as part of "Dialogues with Darwin" and performed by Network for New Music. Her poems are featured as part of the upcoming exhibition, Bartram Boxes Remix, at the Center for Art in Wood in May 2014. Beth has published poems in Philadelphia Stories, Quay: A Journal of the Arts and the Mad Poet's Review. In danger of becoming known as 'that nature poet', she is psyched about her new project, RetroLove™.
Barbara DeCesare is the author of the poetry collections jigsaweyesore (Anti-Man 1999), Silent Type (Paper Kite 2007) and Adrift (Seventh Wave 2007). Her work has been adapted for stage, song, short film, and is widely published in scores of literary journals and a Chilean textbook. Most recently, DeCesare performs her billion tiny plays in the one-woman show You're Soaking In It. Poetry and fiction by Barbara DeCesare have appeared in Folio, Poetry, Free State Review, Grain and many others. She also makes tiny plays, tiny novels, and lives in her car with her baseball equipment
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