by Maureen Owen and Yvonne Jacquette

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MAUREEN OWEN edited Telephone Books and Telephone magazine through thirty titles of the press and nineteen issues of the magazine to date. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Poetry Project and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines — both as a member and as a vice-chairperson. She has most recently served as Program Coordinator at The St. Mark's Poetry Project and is currently teaching at Naropa Institute in Boulder. She has received a Poetry Fellowship from the NEA and has served on several state arts poetry awards panels. She was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc. in 1999. Her title Amelia Earhart won a Before Columbus American Book Award for Poetry. Her Selected poems, American Rush, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize .

Born in Pittsburgh in 1934, YVONNE JACQUETTE is best known for her artistic renderings of topographies, both sweeping and specific, from Manhattan to Hong Kong. Over the course of her career, she has produced magical works that charm by their directness and dazzle by their color, light, and brushstroke. Her compositions take risks with perspective and employ devices such as rotation, repetition, and reversal, yet remain believable. Jacquette loves paradoxes and ironies and exploits them in her work. To achieve this goal she embraces a variety of contradictory tendencies < her art is sophisticated and childlike, earthbound and heavenly, comic and grave, and ordinary and heroic. Careful scrutiny of her paintings and works on paper reveals several layers of interpretation. Jacquette received the Painters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1990. She is represented in many public collections including The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Staatliche Museum, Berlin, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

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