Catherine Criswell is a poet who resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including the Great Lakes Review, Muse Magazine, and the Hessler Street Fair anthologies. She is a member of the Cleveland Puddinghouse Salon, a writer`s workshop group, and two of her poems will appear in its 2013 anthology produced by Kattywompus Press. In 2013, she began hosting the Monday at Mahall`s Poetry & Prose Series at Mahall`s 20 Lanes in Lakewood, Ohio, one Monday per month. She also annually hosts the Cleveland edition of the 100,000 Poets for Change global movement at Visible Voice Books. In addition, she serves as a guest contributor to Clevelandpoetics.com. She also performs her poetry at Mac`s Backs and The Barking Spider. Photo by Michael Spear Photography.
Brad Ricca was born in Cleveland and is a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University. His first book of poems, American Mastodon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), won the St. Lawrence Book Award and was featured on A Writer`s Almanac by Garrison Keillor. It was also named a "Best of Cleveland" in 2012. He has also written a book about the creators of Superman titled Super Boys (St. Martin`s Press, 2013).