I am very pleased to announce that Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar will be our judges for next winter, Jan-Feb-Mar 2010.
Here are their Wikipedia pages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorianne_Laux http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Millar
Here''s a good page on Dorianne: Verse Daily: About Dorianne Laux and Columbia Poetry Review: http://www.versedaily.org/2008/aboutdoriannelauxcpr.shtml
Oh right . . . they''re married. Here are four poems, selected because of how they fit together and give voice to a working class life:
Telephone Repairman by Joseph Millar http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2003/11/08
The Shipfitter''s Wife by Dorianne Laux (one of her poems in Best American Poetry) http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2007/03/02
Oaks Card Club by Joseph Millar http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/xconnect/v5/i2/g/millar1.html
Break by Dorianne Laux http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/180.html
Many of you know Dorianne from the book The Poet''s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (http://books.google.com/books?id=skuaq3033OoC), which she co-authored with Kim Addonizio. I''ve had that book for a decade, have read it thoroughly, have referred back to it, and recommend it.
There is a whole bunch out there on Joe and Dorianne. Here are their Google searches: url=http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22dorianne+laux%22+poet&btnG=Search url=http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22joseph+millar%22+poet&btnG=Search Be careful searching for Joseph''s poetry. There is another poet Joe Millar out there.