David Krieger’s first book of poetry, Today Is Not a Good Day for War, was published in 2005, and received the Peace Writing Award of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology (2005). He is the author or editor of many other books related to building peace in the Nuclear Age. He is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and has served as its president since 1982. He has lectured throughout the world and has received many awards for his work.
Perie Longo is the new Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara. She has been leading poetry workshops for over twenty years with the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and California-Poets-in-the-Schools, as well as privately. She is author of two poetry collections and has been published frequently in poetry journals and anthologies. She was president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, is the chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Poetry committee, and a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Glenna Luschei has published the poetry magazines Café Solo and Solo for forty years. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a D.H Lawrence Fellowship in New Mexico, an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Master of Life Award from her alma mater, the University of Nebraska. She was named Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo City and County for the year 2000. For four years, she served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
David Starkey teaches Creative Writing at Santa Barbara City College and is the author of the textbook Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (McGrawHill, 1999), as well as many collections of poems from small presses, including Fear of Everything, winner of Palanquin Press’s Spring 2000 chapbook contest, and David Starkey’s Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2002). Over the past eighteen years he has published more than 400 poems in literary magazines. With Paul Willis, he co-edited In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (U. of Iowa Press, 2005), and he is the editor of the essay collection Living Blue in the Red States (U. of Nebraska Press, 2007). Keywords in Creative Writing, which Starkey co-authored with the late Wendy Bishop, was published by Utah State University Press.
Randall J. VanderMey, a graduate of Calvin College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Iowa, received an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (1978), mentored by Ian McEwan and the late Frank Conroy. He is currently Professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he has taught since 1990. He is the author and producer of Kenosis (2004), a 24-poem cycle set to music by composer Steve Butler, and author of God Talk: Triteness and Truth in Christian Clichés (InterVarsity, 1993), a collection of 43 essays. Besides publishing numerous short stories, essays, and poems, he is the lead author of Houghton Mifflin's nationally popular college composition textbooks The College Writer, 2nd ed. (2006) and The College Writer’s Handbook (2007).