RALPH ADAMO has taught at Xavier since 2007. He is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Waterblind: New & Selected Poems. He won a Louisiana Endowment for the Arts (1998), National Endowment for the Arts (2003), the first Marble Faun Prize for Poetry (1997),an Open Society Institute's Katrina Media Grant (2006). He has edited New Orleans Review (1993-99),Barataria Review (1978-80),and now Xavier Review. He graduated from University of Arkansas MFA in 1974.
LYNNE BARRETT’s third story collection Magpies received the Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for General Fiction. Her handbook What Editors Want is just out from Rain Chain Press, and recent work appears in Necessary Fiction, 14 Views of Miami, The Southern Women’s Review, and One Year to a Writing Life. She is editor of the Florida Book Review and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University. www.lynnebarrett.com
2017 Keynote Speakers
This year's keynote co-presenters will be Terri Carrión and Michael Rothenberg, editors at Big Bridge Press and co-founders of 100,000 Poets for Change.
Terri Carrión was conceived in Venezuela and born in New York to a Galician mother and Cuban father. She earned her MFA from Florida International University. Her poetry, fiction, non-fiction and photography have been published in various countries in many print magazines as well as online, including The Cream City Review, Hanging Loose, Pearl, Penumbra, Exquisite Corpse, Mangrove, Kick Ass Review, Exquisite Corpse, Jack, Mipoesia, Dead Drunk Dublin, and Physik Garden among others. Her chapbook Lazy Tongue was published by D Press in the summer of 2007. Her translation projects include the translation with Carmen Gloria Berrios, of the project “Poetry in Transit”, a citywide, visual poetry exhibit in public spaces in Santiago, Chile.
Michael Rothenberg's most recent books of poetry include Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne, Paris, France) and Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press). A bi-lingual edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story and the journal collection Tally Ho and the Cowboy Dream/The Real and False Journals: Book 5 will be published by Varasek Ediciones (Madrid, Spain) in 2017. An Arabic edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story is due out from Sefsafa Publishing House.