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Issue 13

Bertha Rogers

Bertha Rogers’s poems appear in journals and anthologies, on Poetry Daily (poems.com) and Verse Daily (versedaily.com), and in her collections, Heart Turned Back (Salmon Poetry Publishing, Ireland, 2010), The Fourth Beast (chapbook, Snark Press, IL, 2004); A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, Maryland Poetry Review Chapbook Contest Winner, 2000); and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, NY 1991). Her translation of Beowulf was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press, NY), and her translation of the riddle-poems from the Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, will be published in 2011 (Birch Brook Press, NY). She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, and others. Her poem suite “Three for Summer’s End” was selected by composer Jamie Keesecker and set to music for the MacDowell/Monadnock Music for the Mountain series and performed in 2010.

In 2006 she was the recipient of an AE Ventures Grant for excellence in both poetry and visual art and for contributions to the field through the not-for-profit literary press and center she founded in 1992, brighthillpress.org. She was given the 2007 Teaching Artist Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award by Partners for Arts Education and the Association of Teaching Artists in New York. She serves as program director for the New York State Literary Web Site, nyslittree.org, publisher of the first Literary Map of New York State (2005), in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, and she is a member of the New York State Writers in the Schools panel and the NYS Writers Hall of Fame panel. Her web site is bertharogers.com.