Lynette Reini-Grandell is the author of two books of poetry: Approaching the Gate and Wild Verge. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. She is an English professor at Normandale Community College, sings in a church choir, and has been variously vice president, president, past president of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English. Reini-Grandell also co-hosts "Write on Radio," on KFAI (kfai.org), a radio show interviewing local and national writers about their work.
“Approaching the Gate is ganged with love and its many conflicting faces and bodies--human, celestial, animal. Love is the subject of this book--love's difficulties, and dreams and longing to be unburdened of the beauty of life dreaming its many faces, bodies, and days--all the while, in love with even love's impossibility, without which there (as the poet illuminates) can be no miracles. I love this debut book full of miracles where 'even the vegetables sing.’”--Ed Bok Lee, author of Whorled
Su Smallen is the author of Buddha, Proof, a Minnesota Book Award Finalist, and Weight of Light, nominated for the Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award. Other honors include the Jane Kenyon Prize and serving as Poet in Residence for the Science Museum of Minnesota's St. Croix Watershed Research Station. She was a founding member of the Laurel Poetry Collective, publishing books and broadsides for ten years. She is an editor at the University of Minnesota Law School Institute on Crime and Public Policy and director of the writing center at St. Olaf College.