About the Poets
Martha Everhart Braniff writes fiction, poetry and essays. In
Spring 2004, Stone River Press will publish her book of poetry and short
fiction, Songs from the Bone Closet
She was a Juried Poet at the 2003
Houston Poetry Fest. Her short story, RESURRECTION, published in HAPPY
literary journal, was nominated for the 2002 Pushcart Prize. Braniff's
suspense novel, Beds of Broken Glass
, was a finalist
for the Bellwether Prize. Her screenplay, Sold
, was the
winner of the 2002 Santa Fe Actor's
Choice Award and placed in the finals of the Texas Film Institute.
Leticia López recently received an MFA in writing from
Sarah Lawrence and is an editor at the Santa Fe New Mexican
Margo Chavez-Charles was born in Las Cruces and now
lives in Santa Fe. She teaches interdisciplinary
classes in the University Honors Program at UNM in
Albuquerque and Spanish at the Santa Fe Community
College. Her special interests are literature,
intercultural communication, and the history of ideas.
One of her favorite things to do is dance and she
always wishes she could have been a conga player in a
Anne L. MacNaughton is director of the WPBA Poetry Education Project and
past-director of the long-running Taos Poetry Circus. She is a visual artist,
organic farmer, high school teacher, performer, and founding member of
The Luminous Animal jazz-poetry ensemble. Her work has been published in
numerous journals and several anthologies, including The
Best Poetry of 1989
(Scribners) and Robert Bly’s
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart
The original penitentiary kid, María Leyba is a passionate barrio
poet from Barelas who promotes poetry to young people of all backgrounds.
She also works with poets and artists who are incarcerated and or living
behind borders imposed by society.
She is the author of Prisoners in My Backyard
La Guerita Press, 1998).
Victoria Edwards Tester lives near old Santa Rita, New Mexico. Her book
Miracles of Sainted Earth
(University of New Mexico Press, 2002) won the 2003 Willa
Literary Award in Poetry, and was also named a Natalie Ornish First Book of
Poetry Finalist through the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters. Ms. Tester is
also the author of an autobiographical novel based on her search for her missing
son in South America, Dying in the City of Flowers
(Five Star Press 2003).