Leland Kinsey was born and raised on a farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He conducted writing workshops for the Vermont Arts Council and the Children’s Literacy Foundation at over 100 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Leland worked as a farmer, printer, and horse trainer, and wrote seven collections of poetry. Kinsey passed away September 14, 2016 of lymphoma. Before he died, he was working on a new book of poems, The Long Correspondence, which Green Writers Press will publish in May.
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Ellen Bryant Voigt grew up on a farm in Virginia, and has lived for many years in Vermont, where she founded Goddard College’s ground-breaking low-residency MFA program. She has published eight volumes of poetry, most recently, Headwaters (W.W. Norton, 2013.) Appointed Vermont State Poet from 1999-2003, Voigt is also a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She was awarded the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Prize and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets and, most recently, the MacArthur Foundation.
Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. A new book of poems, The Lunatic, and a book of his selected prose, The Life of Images, were brought out last April by Ecco Press. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007, Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 came out in 2013.