About Bloom Readers
September 18, 2022

C.S. Nelson  was born in New Orleans, raised in Southern California and has lived in New York City with his wife, actress Asta Hansen, since 1980. He graduated from NY U and received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence. "Fathers, Sons and Holy Ghosts' is Nelson's second collection of poems following his well-received 2017 work, "The Book of Clay.

Dennis Nurkse is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently A COUNTY OF  STRANGERS (a "new and selected"), LOVE IN THE LAST DAYS: AFTER TRISTAN AND ISEULT, A NIGHT IN BROOKLYN, THE BORDER KINGDOM, BURNT ISLAND, and THE FALL, from Alfred Knopf. He's the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, the Whiting Writers Award, and prizes from The Poetry Foundation and the Tanne Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Brooklyn from 1996 to 2001. His work has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Estonian, and other languages. In 2011, a third edition of VOICES OVER WATER, an earlier collection, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best book of poetry published in the U.K. The publisher, CB Editions, London, also brought out a British edition of A NIGHT IN BROOKLYN.

Hila Ratzabi is a poet, writer, and editor. Her first full-length book of poetry, THERE ARE STILL WOODS, is forthcoming in Fall 2022 from June Road Press and available now for preorder. She was a finalist for the Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize (2019) and for the Fifth Annual Narrative Magazine Poetry Contest (2013). She is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Apparatus of Visible Things (2009). Her essays have appeared in the Ten Percent Happier blog, the Wisdom Daily, the Jewish Daily Forward, Kveller, Alma, MUTHA Magazine, and others. Her poetry has been published in Narrative, Linebreak, Drunken Boat, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Adroit Journal, The Nervous Breakdown, The Normal School, and other journals. Her poetry also appears in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Willapa Bay AiR residency, the Vermont Studio Center, the Crater Lake National Park residency, and the Arctic Circle Residency.  



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