Luisa A. Igloria is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world's first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize (Utah State University Press), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015.
Bennie Flores Ansell is an artist and educator based in Houston, Texas. Using hundreds to thousands of small repeated elements, Ansell’s installations combine her photographic sensibilities with light, shadow, transparency, and movement. She has shown her work nationally and internationally at the Festival de la Luz 2016, Argentina; International Center for Photography, NYC; Seattle Art Museum; and the San Diego Museum of Art as part of the Only Skin Deep exhibition. She was included in the group show Inside Outside: Texas Women Photographers curated by Anne Tucker and Clint Wilour. Other select exhibitions include “Bug Out of the Box: A New Look at the Contemporary Art, History, and Science of Bugs” at The Berkshire Museum of Art, “Crossroads” at Galveston Arts Center, The International Juried Exhibition in New Jersey juried by Susan Kismaric of MOMA & “Silver” Houston Center for Photography’s 25 year retrospective exhibition.