Dudley Laufman was raised near Boston, and graduated from agricultural school. His poems have been in many little mags and journals. William Bauhan Press, Beech River Books and Shaker Village have published books of my poetry. Pudding House and Serif & Pixel Press have published my chapbooks. Wind in the Timothy Press has brought out books, chapbooks and broadsides of poetry by other poets and myself.

He is a Pushcart Award nominee; recipient of the 2001 NH Governor’s Arts Award in Folk Heritage; and, the subject of a documentary film, The Other Way Back. In 2009, Dudley was honored as a National Heritage Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is Honorary President of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. [http://www.nh.gov/nharts//artsandartists/poetshowcase2/poetlaureate43.html]

David Rivard was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. His collections of poetry include Torque (1988), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, Wise Poison (1996), winner of the James Laughlin Award, Bewitched Playground (2000), Sugartown (2005), and Otherwise Elsewhere (2010). He has also been a contributor to such publications as Ploughshares, The New England Review, and Poetry, and is a former editor of The Harvard Review.

His awards and honors include the Pushcart Prize, the Celia B. Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library. [https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/david-rivard]

David Rivard teaches in the University of New Hampshire MFA Program in Writing. He has played a key role in aiding PPLP in developing our UNH MFA poets series.

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