Poet's Biographies

ryki zuckerman

Poet ryki zuckerman is author of the chapbook body of the work (Textile Bridge Press). Her poems have appeared in Black Mountain College II ReviewCollege II Review, Slipstream, Swift Kick, Monthly Planet, Lips, Escarpments, Paunch, and Pure Light, as well as the Buffalo News and Artvoice. Read More »

Sam Magavern

Sam Magavern’s poems have been published in many places, including Poetry, Antioch Review, New York Quarterly, and Paris Review. His non-fiction book, Primo Levi’s Universe, was published in 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan. His web site is www.sammagavern.com.

Richard LaClair

Richard LaClair is professor emeritus in the English Department at Erie Community College.  His poems have been published in Beyond Bones:  Writers from Western New York and Elf Magazine.  He has enjoyed writing poetry for many years,  inspired in part from wonderful outdoor living near Evans Bay on Lake Erie.

Sandra Cookson

Sandra Cookson is Professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo New York, where she teaches writing and literature courses, specializing in modern and contemporary poetry and   poetry by   women. Her Ph.D Dissertation is a study of the poetry of Louise Bogan, and she has written extensively on Bogan’s poetry. She has been writing poetry herself for a number of years, interrupted at various times by marriage, children, school, singing and music. She has divided her life between Chicago (where she grew up); rural Connecticut (where she raised her three children, a variety of dogs, tended a lot of perennial gardens, and earned BA, MA, and Ph.D degrees at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs); and, for the past twenty-three years, Buffalo, as a faculty member at Canisius College. Her poems have been published in a variety of literary magazines, including Passager, Karamu, Common Ground, Rhino (Chicago), and July Literary Anthologies. Two Loons is her first chapbook. She currently has a book-length manuscript of poems in preparation. She is a member of the Freudig Singers of Western New York, a chamber chorus, and the choir of St. Joseph’s Church in Buffalo

Mike Kelleher

Michael Kelleher is the author of two collections of poems, Human Scale (2007) and To Be Sung (2005), both from Blazevox Books. With Ammiel Alcalay, he founded the Olson Now project in 2005. He works asthe Associate and Artistic Director of Just Buffalo Literary Center.His ongoing blog/memoir project, Aimless Reading, can be found at

Martha Deed

Martha Deed, Ph.D. is a retired psychologist who combined writing non-fiction with her psychology career for most of her working life.  She retired early to write full-time, and found poetry instead of prose.  Recent chapbooks include: 65 x 65 (small chapbook project), The Lost Shoe (Naissance), The November 2010 Project (chapbookpublisher.com).  She edited City Bird: Selected Poems (1991-2009) by Millie Niss (BlazeVox), and has a collection forthcoming from BlazeVox of her own work.  Individual poems published in anthologies and poetry journals, including: Iowa on the Web, Shampoo, Moria, Poemeleon, New Verse News, CLWN, Dudley Review, many others.  Websites:  www.sporkworld.org/Deed for links to published work and www.sporkworld.tumblr.com for blog

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell is an English professor at Erie Community College North and a co-editor of Earth’s Daughters, the longest extant feminist literary journal in the United States, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.  She also co-edits Beyond Bones, a local journal of poetry.  Her first book of poetry, titled Driving Straight Through, was published by FootHills in 2008.  Recent work appears in Saranac Review, Fugue, The Pedestal, New Millennium Writings, Eclipse, Slipstream, and Slant, and is forthcoming in Sow’s Ear.

Perry Nicholas

Perry S. Nicholas is an Assistant English professor at Erie Community College North in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was awarded the 2008 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities and the 2011 President’s Award for Classroom Instruction. He was nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010.  His poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, Literary House Review, Caesura, Word Worth, Not Just Air, Slant, Feile-Festa, Louisiana Literature, Chautauqua Literary Journal, and are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, Chest, and The Healing Muse. Perry’s poems have appeared on fourteen occasions in the Buffalo News. His first full-length book, The River of You, was published in September 2009 by FootHills Publishing. His second book of poetry, What the World Sees, was published by Saddle Road Press in July 2011.

Perry Nicholas is the host of the Center for Inquiry/Just Buffalo Literary Café in Buffalo, N.Y.  He is also a judge of the Word Worth journal’s poetry and essay contests, and a co-editor of Beyond Bones, an annual WNY literary journal.

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