Holly Hughes
Holly Hughes, Editor

Holly Hughes's chapbook Boxing the Compass won the Floating Bridge Press chapbook contest and was published in 2007. Her poems have been nominated for an Arts and Letters and Pushcart prize and have appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including Dancing With Joy: 99 Poems (Random House), The Poets Guide to the Birds (Anhinga Press), Working the Woods, Working the Sea (Empty Bowl Press), Come Together: Imagine Peace and America Zen: A Gathering of Poets (Bottom Dog Press). A graduate of the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, she spends summers working as a naturalist in Southeast Alaska and winters teaching writing at Edmonds Community College, where she co-directs the Convergence Writers Series and is the co-coordinator for the Sustainability Initiative. She divides her time between Indianola and Chimacum, Washington.

Tess Gallagher, Foreword

Tess Gallagher
Photo by Brian Farrell

Tess Gallagher is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Dear Ghosts and Moon Crossing Bridge. She is presently working on her New and Selected Poems. The Man from Kinvara: Selected Stories will be out in fall 2009. In 2008, Blackstaff Press in Belfast and Eastern Washington Press in America published Barnacle Soup-Stories from the West of Ireland, a collaboration with the Irish storyteller Josie Gray. She recently saw to the publication of her late husband Raymond Carver's Collected Stories (from Library of America), including Beginners, the initial manuscript of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Distant Rain, a conversation with the highly respected Buddhist nun Jacucho Setouchi, of Kyoto, is both an art book and a cross-cultural moment.

Gallagher is also the author of Amplitude, Soul Barnacles: Ten More Years with Ray, A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry, and two collections of short fiction: At the Owl Woman Saloon and The Lover of Horses and Other Stories. She spends time in a cottage on Lough Arrow in Co. Sligo in the West of Ireland and also lives and writes in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.