Gigi Thibodeau’s writing has appeared in Mid-American ReviewSoundings Eastt.e.l.l. New EnglandMingle MagazineMarvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale StudiesThe Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and elsewhere.  Her blog, The Magpie’s Fancy, has been featured in Artful Blogging Magazine, and her poetry collection, Learning to Tell Time, won the Midnight Sun Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing in the online English Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she has served as a past Kerouac Writer-in-Residence.


Ben Berman grew up just outside of Portland and now lives just outside of Boston, and though he hasn’t spent much time just outside of Portsmouth it is the geometrical center of his life.

His first book, Strange Borderlands, (Able Muse Press, 2013) chronicles his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe and won the Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, (Able Muse Press, 2017) is written entirely in terza rima and explores much more domestic concerns, in particular the transformative and perplexing experiences of fatherhood.

Ben has received awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New England Poetry Club and the Somerville Arts Council. He is the Poetry Editor at Solstice Literary Magazine and writes a monthly column for Grub Street Writers called Writing while Parenting: (

He teaches in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and daughters. You can visit him at

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