Quite exciting to be in literary magazine The Tower Journal alongside Allison Joseph with my poem “Riddle me this”. Editor Mary Ann Sullivan does indeed a fine work of art.
Here´s some biographical details of both Mary Ann Sullivan and Allison Joseph.
Mary Ann Sullivan is the author of the middle grade book, Child of War (Holiday House, 1984), which was named a Notable Book in Social Studies by the National Council of Social Studies and Children’s Book Council; a collection of poems, Hermit Day, and numerous digital poems such as “St. Damien of Molokai” and “Shaking the Spiders Out.”An e-collection of poems she wrote when she was a cloistered nun, Mending My Black Sweater (Eratio, 2008) can be found at eratio.
The New York Times called her book, Child of War, set in Belfast, Northern Ireland an “earnest first novel.”
A former cloistered nun, Mary today teaches undergrads writing at St. Joseph School of Nursing and Great Bay Community College. She also teaches Fundamentals of Fiction and Fiction Thesis courses for the MA in Creative Writing Program at Southern New Hampshire University.She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Arts degreefrom Franklin Pierce University.
Her work has appeared at BBC Arts Online, BlazeVox, French Literary Review, Jacket,Mezzo Cammin, National Catholic Register, Poetry Library, Synchronized Chaos and beyond. She has lectured at the New England Conservatory and American Association of University Professors Conference, and is founding editor of Tower Journal, an international online literary journal.
Allison Joseph is the author of six collections of poetry, includingImitation of Life and My Father’s Kites. She is also well known as an editor of the Crab Orchard Review, which she has edited with her husband Jon Tribble since 1995. Through the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, she and Tribble nurture to publication two outstanding volumes of poetry each year.
Joseph has directed the creative writing program of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where as an associate professor she continues to be a mentor to countless students. She is the founder and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers. Joseph has previously served on the AWP board of directors. In nominating her for the George Garrett Award, Joseph’s colleagues, Stacey Lynn Brown and Adrian Matejka wrote, “Her continued creative, inventive, and selfless dedication has made the literary world a more beautiful and friendly place, full of possibility and endless opportunity.” Announcing the award at the 2012 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair, Executive Director David Fenza said, “Allison Joseph is the incarnation of the better angels that animate our organization.”