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Howard Craft is a father, husband, poet, playwright and arts educator. He is the author of a book of poems, Across the Blue Chasm, and his poetry also appears in Home Is Where: An Anthology of African-American Poets From the Carolinas, edited by Kwame Dawes. He is the author of several plays, including Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders and The Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1: The Super Spectacular Bad Ass Herald M.F. Jones. He teaches creative writing in public and private schools and also to adults through the North Carolina Writers Network.
Laura Jaramillo returns for a second go-round as a preliminary judge. She 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). She is the author of the full-length book Material Girl (subpress).
Chris Vitiello, a frequent contributor to INDY Week, published his third book of poetry, Obedience (Ahsahta Press), last year.
Correction: Tori Reynolds is inspired by poet Jane (not James) Hirshfield.