Martha Collins and Connie Voisine:

Martha Collins: Collins is the author of White Papers, reviewed by Publishers Weekly as a “tightly focused, strongly argued book-length sequence [which] uncovers a personal, regional, cultural, and institutional history of whiteness and white privilege: its clipped quatrains, spare recollections, and embedded citations give the rare and valuable show of a white author reflecting on the meanings and the oddities of race.” Other works include Blue Front, a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old, which won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was chosen as one of "25 Books to Remember from 2006" by the New York Public Library. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Bunting Institute, as well as a Lannan Foundation Residency Grant. Connie Voisine: Her first collection, Cathedral of the North, won the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series in Poetry, and her second, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream (2008), was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. Deploying a kind of lyric narrative, Voisine’s poems frequently feature speakers as they encounter contemporary culture in a variety of locations—including the American Southwest and Mexico. Voisine is currently an associate professor of English at New Mexico State University.

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