Vanessa graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with an undergraduate degree in English. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Brilliant Corners, The Canary, Crab Orchard Review, High Plains Literary Review and North American Review. A finalist for Poetry Magazine's Ruth Lilly Fellowship, she received a Pushcart nomination for a cycle of sonnets featured in Beloit Poetry Journal's "Poets Under 25" issue, and her book-length collection of poems, Chiaroscuro, was a finalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets first book competition. She currently holds the 2004 Michener Fellowship in Poetry and a Cambor Fellowship at the University of Houston and will graduate with a Masters of Fine Arts in May.
Born in the Soviet Union, Michael is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His manuscript of poems, My Soviet Union, was a finalist for the Paris Review Prize for Poetry, the Alice James Books/Beatrice Hawley Award, the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award among others. His poems have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Chelsea, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Indiana Review, Jacket. Lit, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Seneca Review, Verse and elsewhere. His writing has been recognized with a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Work-Study Scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a Truman Capote Fellowship, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Writers' Residency at The Corporation of Yaddo and the 2004 Michener Fellowship in Fiction. Michael is a Ph.D. candidate in the UH Creative Writing Program.