Arlin Buyert was born and raised on an Iowa farm and was formally educated at Macalester College and The University of Minnesota. Arlin has authored four collections of poetry and his next collection, Razor Wire Anthology, will be available in October. He teaches poetry at Lansing Prison and has edited two anthologies of inmate poetry entitled Open to the Sky, Volume One and Two. Arlin's poems have been published in The Christian Century, The Rockhurst Review, Coal City Review and several others. Arlin is retired and lives in Leawood with his wife Kris Kvam.
Michael Harty is a relative latecomer to the poetry scene, but over the past decade he has had poems in such periodicals as New Letters, Measure, I-70 Review, Kansas City Voices, Coal City Review, and others. His poetry is influenced by his rural Texas upbringing as well as by his long career as a psychologist and psychoanalyst; he likes to explore the parallels and the interactions between the exterior and the interior landscapes. Among his
awards and recognitions are Pushcart nominations from three different publications; first place in the sonnet competition of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival; twice being named finalist for the New Letters Poetry Prize; and being named finalist in several othercompetitions, including for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Recently he was also the winner of the Johnson County Library's poetry competition. His chapbook, The Statue Game,appeared in 2014, and another (tentatively titled Crones and Codgers) is in the works.