Alejandro Escudé won the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Center Book Contest for his collection My Earthbound Eye (SPC Press, 2013). In 2003, he won the University of California Poet Laureate Contest. Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, he has translated books by Sandra McPherson and Victor Manuel Mendiola. A graduate of the UC Davis' M.A. creative writing program, he is a high school English teacher in Los Angeles. 

Eric Gudas' first collection, Best Western and Other Poems, winner of the 2008 Gerald Cable Book Award, was published by Silverfish Review Press in 2010. Born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1972, his poems, reviews, and interviews with American poets have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, Poetry Flash, The Southern Review, and other journals. Beautiful Monster, his chapbook of poems, was published by Swan Scythe Press in 2003. He and his wife, Alyssa Sherwood, live with their daughter in Los Angeles. 

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Alejandro Escudé

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two friends: two first collections