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Mary O'Melveny,Lucia Cherciu, Jan Zlotnick, Schmidt: "A Woman of A Certain Age: Three Poets Reflect"
Mary K O’Melveny is a recently retired labor rights lawyer who has lived in the Woodstock area for many years. Her poetry has been published in many print and on line journals including Allegro Poetry Magazine, Into the Void, The Write Place at the Write Time, FLARE: The Flagler Review, The Offbeat and Slippery Elm Literary Journal, as well as blog sites such as Women in Woodstock, The New Verse News and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. In 2017, Mary won the Raynes Poetry Competition and was a Finalist for the Pangaea Prize sponsored by The Poet’s Billow. In 2018, Mary was a Finalist in the Howard/Reid Poetry Competition, was short-listed for the Fish Publishing Prize and won Honorable Mention in the 87th Poetry Competition sponsored by Writer’s Digest (Non-Rhyming Category). Mary’s poetry collection, A Woman of a Certain Age, was published in September, 2018 by Finishing Line Press.
Lucia Cherciu is a Professor of English at Dutchess Community College and the author of five books of poetry: Train Ride to Bucharest (Sheep Meadow Press, 2018), which received the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, Edible Flowers (Main Street Rag, 2016), Lalele din Paradis / Tulips in Paradise (Editura Eikon, 2017), Altoiul Râsului / Grafted Laughter (Editura Brumar, 2010), and Lepădarea de Limbă / The Abandonment of Language (Editura Vinea, 2009). Currently, she is working on her first novel. Her web page is http://luciacherciu.webs.com
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz. She has been published in many journals including The Cream City Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Home Planet News, Phoebe, Black Buzzard Review, The Chiron Review, Memoir(and), The Westchester Review, and Wind. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Press Prize Series. She has had two volumes of poetry published by the Edwin Mellen Press (We Speak in Tongues, 1991; She had this memory, 2000). Her chapbook, The Earth Was Still, was published by Finishing Line Press and another, Hieroglyphs of Father-Daughter Time, was published by Word Temple Press. M.ost recently she co-edited with Laurence Carr a collection of works by Hudson Valley women writers entitled A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley.