Buttonhook Press 2021 Pamphlet Series

The 2YC Review:
Works by Members
of the Two-Year College Caucus at AWP

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About the writers:
Julie A. Jacob is an adjunct instructor of communications at Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wisconsin. She has an MFA in creative writing from Roosevelt University. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Midwest Prairie Review, Under the Sun, and several issues of the TallGrass Writers Guild Black and White anthology series.

Steven Wolfe teaches English and writing at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas. His stories, poems and essays have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Exquisite Corpse, Green Mountains ReviewSoutheast Review and elsewhere.

Gregory Byrd’s The Name for the God Who Speaks won the 2018 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press.  A Fulbright fellow and Pushcart nominee, he has published widely .  He’s recently finished a WWI novel, Where Shadow Meets Water.  Byrd has taught writing at St. Petersburg College since 1990.

Ken Letko’s first full-length book of poetry Bright Darkness was published in 20217 by Flowstone Press.  His poems have also been included in numerous magazines and anthologies and both the North American Review and Poetry South have nominated his poems for the Pushcart Prize.

As a poet and essayist, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s work explores the impact of feminism on his life as a man. As a co-translator of classical Persian poetry, he writes about the impact of that canon on our contemporary lives. His most recent books are Words For What Those Men Have Done (Guernica Editions 2017) and the translation The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahameh (Junction Press 2011). He is also the author of The Silence of Men (Cavankerry Press 2006) and Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan and Selections from Saadi’s Bustan (Global Scholarly Publications 2004 & 2006). Newman is on the Board of Directors of Newtown Literary, a Queens, New York-based literary non-profit and curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Jackson Heights, New York. He is Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where he also serves as secretary of his faculty union.

Lois Roma-Deeley’s most recent full-length book of poetry is The Short List of Certainties, winner of the Jacopone da Todi Book Prize (Franciscan University Press, 2017). She is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Rules of Hunger, northsight, and High Notesa Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist.  Roma-Deeley’s poems have been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies, nationally and internationally including , Spillway, North Dakota Quarterly, Juked, The Hamilton Stone Review, Columbia Poetry and  many more. Currently, Roma-Deeley is Associate Editor of the poetry journal PresenceShe has taught creative writing at the graduate, undergraduate students and community levels for many years. Roma-Deeley was named U.S. Professor of the Year, Community College, by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE in 2012-2013, is the recipient of a 2016 Arizona Commission on the Arts Grant as well as a four-time recipient of a Ragdale Foundation Residency Fellowship.  She is professor emerita at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, where she founded the creative writing and women studies programs. Roma-Deeley is a member of the Two-Year College Caucus of AWP.

About The Two-Year College Caucus at AWP: Formed in 1994, The Two-year College Creative Writing Caucus supports networking between creative-writing instructors at two-year institutions across the country and promotes two-year college writing program initiatives. The caucus meets annually at the AWP National Conference to give voice to two-year college concerns within the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

About AWP, The Association of Writers and Writing Programs: AWP provides support and advocacy of many kinds for writers and teachers of writing.

Image: Arbeiterstadt by Hans Baluschek (1870-1935). Oil on canvas. 48.4 x 36.2 inches. 1920. Public domain.