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Brian Howe, a freelance writer, editor and poet living in Chapel Hill, has been on the judges' panel of the Indy's annual poetry contest since 2007. During that time, he has issued electronic chapbooks on the Beard of Bees and Scantily Clad imprints; featured poets such as Heather Christle, Tony Tost and Tanya Olson in the Wax Wroth Reading Series; and published his poems in various journals. His recent work can be found online in the new "Revolution Issue" of Esque and in print in The Poetics of American Song Lyrics, a new anthology from the University Press of Mississippi. Visit waxwroth.blogspot.com for more.
Chris Vitiello's third book of poetry, Obedience, is coming out from Ahsahta Press at the end of the month. His previous books are Nouns Swarm a Verb (Xurban, 1999) and Irresponsibility (Ahsahta, 2008). He is a Durham-based arts and culture writer for a variety of publications, including the Independent Weekly.
Bridget Bell teaches English at Vance-Granville Community College and Durham Technical Community College. She is also an associate editor at Four Way Books, a nonprofit literary press based in New York City, and the executive director of The Hinge, a volunteer-run literary organization serving the Triangle area.
Laura Jaramillo is a poet from Queens, N.Y., living in Durham. She is the author of chapbooks, The Reactionary Poems (Olywa Press) and Civilian Nest (Love Among the Ruins). Her first full-length book, Material Girl, is forthcoming in March 2012 from subpress.