Poets Abbate, Barasovska, Cottom
Chris Abbate’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including Connecticut River Review, Cider Press Review, and Comstock Review. He is a two-time nominee for a Pushcart Prize, has been nominated for a Best of the Net award, and has received awards in the Nazim Hikmet and North Carolina Poetry Society poetry contests. His first book of poetry, Talk About God, was published in 2017 by Main Street Rag. His second book, Words for Flying, was published in 2022 by FutureCycle Press.
Joan Barasovska lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She cohosted a poetry series at the independent bookstore Flyleaf Books from 2016 to 2020 and serves on the Board of the North Carolina Poetry Society. In 2020 Joan was nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize. Birthing Age (Finishing Line Press, 2018) was her first book of poetry; Carrying Clare (Main Street Rag, 2022) is her second, and Orange Tulips is forthcoming in September from RedHawk Publications.
Caroline Cottom, Ph.D., is a poet, book author, award-winning essayist, and spiritual teacher, who led the campaign to end nuclear testing in Nevada by building relationships with members of Congress based on love and respect. Formerly on the faculty of Vanderbilt University and Watkins School of Art&Design, Caroline teaches personal essay and other writing courses in community settings.