Austin Veldman is a poet, fiction writer, and songwriter from South Bend, Indiana. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bateau, Salmon Creek Journal, Dreams & Nightmares, Artifact Nouveau, The Slag Review, and others. He has a B.A. in English from Indiana University and an M.A. in English with a Writing Concentration at Indiana University South Bend. Veldman is the Founding Editor of Twyckenham Notes, an independent online literary magazine publishing poetry and artwork quarterly and home of the Joe Bolton Poetry Award. He is working on his first collection of poetry. A father of one (soon to be two), he lives in South Bend with his wife, Maggie.
John Leonard is a substitute teacher and professor of composition. He holds an M.A. in English from Indiana University South Bend. His previous works have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, The Jawline Review, Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. He was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Wolfson Poetry Award and 2018 recipient of the Josephine K. Piercy Memorial Award. He lives in Elkhart, Indiana with his wife, three cats, and two dogs.
DAVID DODD LEE
Judge, Joe Bolton Poetry Award
David Dodd Lee is the author of ten books of poems, including Orphan, Indiana (Akron, 2010) and And Others, Vaguer Presences, a new book of Ashbery erasure poems published by BlazeVox in 2017. Lee is the director of 42 Miles Press, which is based in the Department of English at Indiana University South Bend. He serves as the judge for the annual 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. Winners of the book award include Allan Peterson, Carrie Oeding, Erica Bernheim, Bill Rasmovicz, and Betsy Andrews.