Sarah Schecter graduated in 2000 from Swarthmore College with a major 
in English and a serious commitment to community-based social justice. She is 
currently working at Penn, finishing a documentary film and planning a long-term 
investigation of religious life in small towns.

Kevin Dugan is a senior at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and 
Performing Arts. He has been writing poetry since childhood, focusing on family,
neighborhood and classic African-American themes including the responsibility 
of the writer to his community.

Collyn Hinchey is a high school senior from Wilkes Barre. Her work is
narrative, almost anthropological in its depth of detail. She presents a 
sympathetic view of young people who feel isolated and ignored by family
and community. 

Amy Knight is a senior at Conestoga High School. Her years of ballet
and music study have affected the shape and sounds of her poetry. She
particularly interested in negotiating the lines between formal and free

Nicholas Hall is a student at the Creative and Performing Arts High School 
in Pittsburg. He writes about finding oneself in a new place, or in old places with 
new demands. He has mastered the craft of revision.

Kacie Fagan, finishing high school in northwest Pennsylvania, give
voice to those who live at the extremes of quiet fear: her narrators are afraid
of dogs, and of people with wrists. 

Lauren Kubiak will graduate this spring from Seneca Valley High School. 
Her poems explore the intersection of landscape and consciousness, sometimes 
showing that a field or street holds visible marks of the pain left there by human presence.

Sarah Smith draws her generous and patient stories from a city family
transplanted to the country, and her rhythms from their speech, and the jazz 
she pumps from her trombone. 

Rebecca Steffy writes from the overlap of worlds in Lancaster Country
-- the suburban high school, the economic and emotional deprivation of the city, 
and her Mennonite family. She can draw our attention to those we usually ignore, 
and she can make us laugh. 

Sara Watson's musical short-lined poems make us wonder if it's ever
necessary to go on at length. She writes of veterans who can't forget the 
war, kids who will never forget their friends who died on the road, and 
families who can't remember good times. 

Alison Shaffer applies an athlete's discipline to language. Her poems grow
from the eyes of an observer who does not interrupt, who pays close and 
precise attention to light, whispers and the movement of muscle and bone.

Dan Klotz makes poems from his work -- building houses in Central
America, playing soccer, mowing and cutting, camping and listening. If there is 
ever an Eagle Scout badge for poetry, he will be the first winner. He can
write poems that are clearly about himself, and, just as easily, write from the 
point of view of someone twice his age.