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Ciaran BerryJohn Surowiecki

Ciaran Berry is a 2012 Whiting Writer's Award winner. His full-length collections are The Sphere of Birds (2008), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and The Dead Zoo (2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His work has been featured in The Best of Irish Poetry, Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, and Best New Poets, as well as in journals such as AGNI, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, The Missouri Review, and The Southern Review. He grew up in Connemara and Donegal in the west of Ireland, and currently directs the creative writing program at Trinity College in Hartford.

John Surowiecki is the author of four poetry collections—Flies (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012); Barney and Gienka (CW Books, 2010); The Hat City after Men Stopped Wearing Hats (The Word Works, 2007); and Watching Cartoons before Attending a Funeral (White Pine Press, 2003)—and seven chapbooks, most recently, Missing Persons (Encircle Publications). John has won the Poetry Foundation Pegasus Award for verse drama, the Nimrod Pablo Neruda Prize, the Washington Prize, the White Pine Prize, a Sunken Garden National Competition prize and other awards. Publications include: Columbia Review, Indiana Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Mississippi Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Rhino, Tupelo Quarterly and West Branch. John teaches a poetry workshop (“Poetry for Poets”) at Manchester Community College. He lives with his wife, Denise Rodosevich, in Hebron, Connecticut.

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