A hearty hello to our newest birder, Irina Moga, who lives and writes in Ontario—in both English and French—though she began writing poetry in Romania, where she won the prize for poetry debut from the magazine Tribuna in Cluj-Napoca in 1981. She has published two collections, Limita Vizibilitatii (Limit of Visibility) in 1982 and Poemul Continuu (The Continuous Poem) in 1986, both under the pen name Irina Sturza. Irina blogs at The Continuous Poem, which I recommend everyone visit to sample her musings on what she calls “the orphic interval,” or “the quietness that precedes the birth of a metaphor.” It strikes me as one of those rare things—a genuinely new idea. Welcome, Irina!
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.