J. P. Dancing Bear, Sunday, June 15th at 10:30 am, central time.
J.P. Dancing Bear lives in Northern California. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in hundreds of publications including Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry East, North American Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily, The National Poetry Review, Poetry International, Marlboro Review, Hotel Amerika, Interim, Seattle Review, Permafrost, Puerto Del Sol, Controlled Burn, Cranky, Rattle, Americas Review, and Slipstream.
He is a founding editor of Disquieting Muses and was the Editor-in-Chief of Disquieting Muses/DMQ Review for five years. He is now the editor of The American Poetry Journal. Bear is the owner of Dream Horse Press, publisher of the first animal rights poetry anthology And We The Creatures, Ryan G. Van Cleave's The Florida Letters, C. J. Sage's Let's Not Sleep and Michael McNeilley's Situational Reality. He is the author of several chapbooks. Dancing Bear's poems have been nominated eight times for Pushcart Prizes. He is the host of "Out of Our Minds" a weekly radio show for public radio station KKUP featuring some of today's best contemporary poets. His chapbook, What Language, won the 2002 Slipstream Press Poetry Prize.
His latest chapbook is Blue Hand (Pudding House Press, 2002). In 2003, he was a finalist for the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America for his manuscript Gacela, for which JPDB is currently seeking a publisher. In 2004, his first book, Billy Last
Crow, was published by Turning Point Books as a finalist in the 2003 Tales: A Poetry Series competition. His second collection, Conflicted Light, will be published by SalmonPublishing in February, 2008. Three of his poems were included in the recently released In A Fine Frenzy:
poets respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005); and his poem "Making Fire" appeared in the recently Red, White and Blues: poets on the promise of America (Univesity of Iowa Press, 2004).
For two years running JPDB's poems have been runner ups in the Mississippi Review Prize and published in their MR Prize issue: "Auricle" in 2005 and "Belief About a Barn and Silo" in 2006. His manuscript, Gacela of Narcissus City, is listed as finalist in the Main
Street Rag chapbook competition in 2006. And his poem "Gacela of Crow Magic" has been nominated for a Best of the Web award in 2006. Bear has been working with Nicaraguan poet Blanca Castellon on translating of her poetry into English, the first will appear in Redactions, Marlboro Review, International Poetry Review, and the iconoclast. He has also been working with Mexican poet Oscar Wong to translate his work into English.