Judith Ferrara (www.paletteandpen.com) is a writer and visual artist whose poems have appeared in The Portland Review Literary Journal, The Comstock Review, the black fly review, Sahara, and others. Her first book of poetry was Gestures of Trees (Mellen Poetry Press). She received a Worcester Cultural Commission-Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship 2003 in support of her manuscript, Reciprocity: Selected Paintings and Poems.
Patricia Youngblood is a Worcester poet, the online content editor for bose.com and a former journalist. She is a regular participant in Jim Beschta's Worcester Art Museum poetry workshops and took Second Place in the 2004 Worcester Magazine poetry contest.
Jeanne Kelley is the assistant director of the Framingham Public Library. She lives in Hopkinton and has two daughters, Caitlin and Meagan. She has previously published in the Worcester Review.
A retired college teacher and administrator, Leone Scanlon lives in Worcester, where she volunteers in first grade in a public school. She paints watercolors and also works in colored pencil. Her poems have been published in Negative Capability, Common Ground Review, The Maxis Review, On the Page Magazine, and The Worcester Review.
Mark Wagner is a poet, musician and teacher who lives on a microfarm in Dudley, Massachusetts with his wife Monica Elefterion and their son Myles. He has published a book of poems – A Cabin in a Field – with Mellen Poetry Press in 2001. His book Silkheads, which celebrates baldness and punctures some myths about hair, is also available, and can be found with a search on the web.
Mark teaches writing and literature at Nichols College, a small business college, also in Dudley. This is his second trip to the stage in a WCPA poetry contest. His poem Fogbow won an honorable mention in the 2001 contest judged by Deborah Digges. Among other publications, his reviews and journalism have appeared in The Boston Globe, Sahara, and the Boston Phoenix, his poetry in journals including Worcester Review, Agni and Harvard Review. He has won the Worcester Magazine Short Story Contest and also been awarded the Ex Libris Poetry Prize at B.U.
John R. Guthrie
John R. Guthrie is a physician by background and training and practiced family medicine in the foothills of Appalachia. A writer and social activist, he is the author of numerous short stories, poems and professional articles published in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently involved in editing his online magazine, The Chickasaw Plum: Politics and the Arts Online. http://chickasawplum.us
Carol Mathes is a case manager in a residential home for severely disabled individuals. She has been published in several poetry journals and magazines. Carol has won third place award for her poem in "Seasons for Writing". A graduate of Boston College, she is the mother of two and proud grandmother of one.
2004 Contest Judge
In 2003, Ms. Gibson was a featured reader at the popular Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington, Connecticut. She has published eight books, including The Vigil, a finalist for the National Book Award and Long Walks in the Afternoon, a Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Ms. Gibson received two Pushcart Prizes, the James W. Boatwright Prize, the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society for America, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her work appears in multiple anthologies and literary journals. She currently teaches at the University of Connecticut.