Jill Alexander Essbaum is an award-winning poet whose work has been described as “John Donne in sexy underwear” and “a cross between Dorothy Parker and a lap dance.” Her first book, Heaven, won the 1999 Bakeless prize and she has published two additional full-length collections–Harlot, a collection centered around the themes of sexuality, heartbreak, and penitence, and Necropolis, a meditation on the death of her parents. Her most recent publication is a single-poem chapbook, The Devastation.
Born and raised in Southern Virginia, the house where Sean Patrick Mulroy grew up was built in 1801 and was commandeered by the Union Army during the Civil War to serve as a makeshift hospital. As a boy, Sean loved to peel back the carpets to show where the blood from hasty surgeries on wounded soldiers had stained the wooden floorboards. Now he writes poems.
Sean is a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in multiple literary magazines, including The Bakery, Muzzle, Nailed, The Good Men Project, and Assaracus. He currently co-hosts the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge, and co-curates a monthly LGBTQ reading series, Moonlighting.