09/23/2012 5:30 pm
Sally Bellerose and Janet Aalfs are the authors, respectively, of The Girls Club (Bywater, $14.95 pb) and Bird of a Thousand Eyes (Levellers, $17.50 pb), and Meeting Bone Man (Main Street Rag, $15 pb).
Sally BelleroseThe Girls Club follows three sisters as they love, argue, and struggle their way through adolescence to womanhood, taking in religion, illness, parenting, sexuality, drugs, and rock ‘n roll on the way.
Sally is also a poet who loves rhythm, story, and language. Her poems and prose usually involve themes of sexuality, illness, and class. In writing, she is interested in messy, confusing, complicated relationships. She is also drawn to humor and transcendence. Her poems are featured with the works of eleven other poets in Lady Business A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry just released from Sibling Rivalry Press. Please visit Sally at http://sallybellerose.wordpress.com
Sally Bellerose was awarded a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts based on an excerpt from this book. The manuscript was a finalist for the James Jones Fellowship, the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and the Bellwether Endowment. Sally Bellerose lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts (2003-2005), weaves poetry and martial arts dance in performing, teaching, and feminist social justice activism locally, nationally and internationally. She has been director and head instructor of Valley Women's Martial Arts: Institute for Healing and Violence-Prevention Strategies since 1982.Recipient of an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, Aalfs has been a Dodge Festival Poet, New Jersey; a featured performer and instructor at the Power of Words conference, Goddard College; a panelist and workshop facilitator at Split This Rock poetry festival, Washington DC; and a featured performer at Po’Jazz, Hudson Valley Writers Center. In 2009 she traveled to South Africa as a member of a diverse performing artists teaching exchange.
Aalfs' most recent collection of poems is Bird of a Thousand Eyes (Levellers Press). Other books include Reach (Perugia); Full Open (Orogeny); Of Angels and Survivors (Two Herons); Lubec Tides, a finalist in the 2007 Bright Hill Literary Center Chapbook Contest; Red and several self-published chapbooks. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Comstock Review; Monthly Review; The Mindfulness Bell; Onion River Review; Passager; Sinister Wisdom; Common Lives/ Lesbian Lives; A FierceBrightness: 25 Years of Women’s Poetry (Calyx Books); Crossing Paths (Mad River Press); Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching (North Atlantic Books). She wonfirst prize in poetry contests of the BostonHerald and Peregrine Journal, andhas been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Joseph Ross is part of the vibrant literary community in the Washington, D.C. area. His poems appear in many anthologies including Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality, Come Together: Imagine Peace, Full Moon on K Street, and Poetic Voices 1 and 2. His work also appears in a variety of journals including Poet Lore, Tidal Basin Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, and Sojourners. He has read at the Library of Congress and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An early member of D.C. Poets Against the War, he co-edited Cut Loose The Body: An Anthology of Poems on Torture and Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib. He founded and directs the Writing Center at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. and has taught writing at American University. He writes regularly at JosephRoss.net.