Laura Boss is a 1994 first place winner of the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Memorial Award. Founder and editor of Lips, she was the sole representative of the USA in 1987 at the XXVI Annual International Struga Poetry Readings in Yugoslavia. Her awards for her poetry also include Fellowships in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State in 1999, 1992, and 1986 and an American Literary Translator’s Award (funded through the NEA) for her book On the Edge of the Hudson (Cross-Cultural Communications).Her books of poetry include Stripping (Chantry Press), the prize-winning On the Edge of the Hudson and Reports from the Front (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1995). Her latest book is Arms: New And Selected Poems (Guernica, Editions, 1999.) Her poems have recently appeared in The New York Times.
Jessica de Koninck's new book, Repairs, a collection of poems about loss and healing, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2006. It was a finalist in the Ledge 2005 poetry competition, a semifinalist in the 2005 Black River Chapbook Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 2005 Juniper Tree Chapbook contest. Jessica is director of Legislative Services for the New Jersey Department of Education and a former two-term Montclair councilwoman. Her poems have been published in The Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Edison Literary Review, Exit 13, Spindrift and Bridges. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a featured poet at the Walt Whitman Poetry Festival in Ocean Grove.
Jim Gwyn began writing poetry and fiction in the Sixties. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Voices Rising from the Grove, Spindrift, and Paterson: The Poet’s City. His journal publications include Lips, Paterson Literary Review, and Edison Literary Review. He won Honorable Mention in the 2001, 2002, and 2004 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards contests, and his "Love Poem #1,210,004" received a Pushcart Prize nomination. He was a featured reader at the Walt Whitman Poetry Festivals, 2002-2006.