Anne Babson, a Coney Island poet recently transplanted to Mississippi, was nominated for a Pushcart for work in The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal and Illya’s Honey. She has won awards from Columbia, Atlanta Review, Grasslands Review, and other reviews. Her work has been published in the US, in England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Turkey. She was included in a British anthology of the best working American poets today entitled Seeds of Fire (Smokestack Books, 2008) and will be featured in another British Anthology forthcoming from Caparison E-Books entitled Emergency Verse. Her libretto for Su Lian Tan’s opera, Lotus Lives, debuted this year with Grammy-nominated orchestra Meridian Arts Enssemble. She has four chapbooks, over a hundred journal publications, and is featured on one compilation hip-hop CD-- The Cornerstone (New Lew Music, 2007). Catch her blog about her North-South culture shock at www.carpetbaggersjournal.com.