Valerie B. McKee is a Masters candidate and teacher at Southern Connecticut State University and the current SCSU Graduate Student Poet. Her poetry has appeared in The Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, Caduceus and The Connecticut River Review. Valerie was also the 2006-2007 Graduate Student Poet and recipient of the 2005 Leo Connellan Poetry Prize. Her poetry has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a native Tennessean, but considers herself and adopted child of New York City. She currently lives in New Haven with her husband, Andrei and their newborn son Carson Atticus.
Lisa L. Siedlarz is editor of the Connecticut River Review and the Long River Run and is working towards a second graduate degree – an MFA at Western CT State College. As a graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University among her honors are the 2006 Leo Connellan prize, the 2006 John Holmes Poetry Award, and nomination for a 2006 pushcart prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review, Rattle, Poetry Southeast, The South Carolina Review, New Millenneium Writings, CADUCEUS, Connecticut River Review, Alimentum, and War, Literature & the Arts. She lives in New Haven, CT.