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PHOTOGRAPH: Poet Trina Gaynon with The Great Gatsby Anthology in her Southern California garden. As flattering as flapper era clothing can be, she rarely leaves her own home in costume. Her poem in the collection, “Lost in Gatsby,” is a series of erasures, especially suitable for a man with so many blanks in his past. More recently The Great Gatsby has inspired two other poems — one about reading the book, as a substitute teacher, to write lesson plans for high school students, and the second about the “owl-eyed man.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Trina Gaynon is a literacy tutor. Her poems appear The Great Gatsby Anthology, The San Diego Poetry Annual, Saint Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints, Obsession: Sestinas for the 21st Century, A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Anthology of Sonnets of the Early Third Millennium, Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront, Knocking at the Door: Poems about Approaching the Other, and several WriteGirl anthologies, as well as numerous journals including Natural Bridge, Reed and the final issue of Runes.  Her chapbook An Alphabet of Romance is available from Finishing Line Press. Visit her at tdgaynon.webs.com.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Author Anthony Costello at Hebden Bridge, near Loch 9 on the Rochdale Canal in West Yorkshire, UK. In the 18th and 19th Centuries, the region was famous for its textile industry when the canals transported goods from the valleys to major trade cities in the north of England. Anthony contributed his essay “Green, Blue, and Yellow: The use of colors as adjectives in The Great Gatsby” to The Great Gatsby AnthologyPhotograph by Hugh Knopf (July 2015).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anthony Costello is a poet, writer, and poetry event organizer (for details, see kultpoet.blogspot.co.uk) living in Luddendenfoot, West Yorkshire, a couple of kilometres along the valley from where Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd and three kilometres from Heptonstall, a little hamlet above Hebden Bridge, where Sylvia Plath is buried. Anthony is a poetry book reviewer for Sabotage and a blogger on poetry matters at luddpoet.blogspot.co.uk. His first poetry collection, The Mask, was published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast, in October 2014.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Poet Amy Schreibman Walter took her copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology to The Wolseley, an Art Deco restaurant on London’s Piccadilly, situated in a building that dates from 1921. When first opened, the Wolseley was a car showroom for the Wolseley Car Company. Beautiful motors graced these black and white marble floors. The space has a grand, opulent feel. The Wolseley is famous for its afternoon tea — what Anglophile Jay Gatsby might have hoped to approximate during his tea with Daisy Buchanan at Nick Carraway‘s place.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Schreibman Walter is an American poet living in London. A recent Visiting Writer at The American Academy of Rome, Amy’s poems have appeared in numerous publications on either side of the Atlantic. She is the co-editor of here/there:poetry. Amy has long been interested in the 1920s. Her forthcoming chapbook, Houdini’s Wife and Other Poems (out in 2016), features several persona poems written from the perspective of women in the ’20s. Her poem “They Slipped Briskly into an Intimacy from Which They Never Recovered” is featured in The Great Gatsby Anthology.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Poet Alan Walowitz with his copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology in front of 6 Gateway Drive in Great Neck, New York, where where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived from 1922 to 1924 — and where, according to a recent book, Fitzgerald wrote much of The Great Gatsby.

AUTHOR’S NOTES ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: Interestingly, and probably to the relief of the current owners, there’s no historical marker in front of this Long Island house to indicate its literary and historical importance. But now there’s a picture of a proud contributor, holding his copy The Great Gatsby Anthology, which I’d gladly give to the current owners of the property if they’d like to display it.

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The photo above — courtesy of the Great Neck Public Library — was probably taken at a time closer to when the Fitzgeralds lived there. The photo below — by Joshua Bright for The New York Times — shows the house in all its reconfigured and updated grandeur. It’s quite a lovely house, not quite fitting the Buchanans, but probably grander than the house Fitzgerald imagined for Nick Carraway.

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NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My poem “Great Neck Record” appears in the The Great Gatsby Anthology — and other poems of mine can be found in journals and on ezines and blogs (including Silver Birch Press) many of which can be easily googled. I do live in Great Neck but, not in Fitzgerald’s part of town. I teach some days at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and other days at St. John’s University, on the other side of the Nassau-Queens border.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Poet/artist Shivapriya Ganapathy with the e-book of The Great Gatsby Anthology in her hometown, Kanchipuram, which houses some of the oldest and most magnificent temples in India. She contributed her visual found poem “Unheard Melodies” to the collection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shivapriya Ganapathy initially began her trysts with art through sketches and origami in her school days. A book lover all her life, she went on to pursue a Masters degree in English Literature, which brought to her a wide world of words with which she could savour art. She then started dabbling with different forms of poetry, and some of her works were published in Whispers, Verse Wrights, Word Couch, Wordweavers, Spilt Ink Poetry, Sonic Boom, and The Squire: 1,000 Paper Cranes Anthology. She was one of the Featured Writers for Poetry for the Wordweavers India Contest 2014. Haiku and other Japanese poetry forms enchant her the most. On the flip side, she is a research scholar working on lesbian feminism for her doctoral thesis. She also maintains a personal poetry blog where she rambles her heart out as she finds writing insanely therapeutic.

reardon.3. PHOTO: On the Near West Side of Chicago, Patrick T. Reardon stands with his copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology under the Lake Street el tracks which head downtown to Chicago’s unique elevated railroad Loop. Patrick contributed “Inside” to The Great Gatsby Anthology — an erasure poem based on Chapter VI of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. In news stories, in-depth investigations, analyses, essays and books, he has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He has also written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His poems have been published widely. Today, he is writing a history of Chicago’s elevated railroad Loop and researching a history of Chicago. Like Jay Gatsby, he too hears “The drums.” Visit his website: patricktreardon.com.

bremsonPHOTOGRAPH: Poet Ed Bremson with The Great Gatsby Anthology — which features his poem “Fantastic Farm” — on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The building in the background, Harrelson Hall, is where Ed took his first classes 51 summers ago. The building is soon to be demolished.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Ed Bremson has been writing for more than 50 years. In 1967, he attended the Writer’s Workshop given by Sam Ragan (North Carolina Poet Laureate). For many years, he attended The Longview Writers, a group that grew out of that workshop. In deciding what genre of writing to pursue, Ed decided on fiction — so for about 40 years he tried, unsuccessfully, to write and publish novels. He studied at North Carolina State University with Guy Owen (author of The Flim-Flam Man); he took writing classes through UNC-Chapel Hill; and when he became frustrated with fiction, he tried writing other things, including plays.

Over the years, he had various short stories published, as well as about a dozen poems, but without a real breakthrough that could be called “success.” After his wife died in 2004, Ed spent several years blogging political topics and topics related to health.

In 2007, he stopped everything he was doing and enrolled in the Online Creative Writing MFA program at National University. He intended to focus on Creative Nonfiction, but while taking required courses, he discovered how much he loved writing poetry, so he changed his emphasis, and graduated in 2009, at the age of 61, with his Creative Writing (Poetry) MFA.

Since graduating, Ed has published many individual poems, and several books of poetry. He has won several haiku contests, including one with a prize of $175. One of his longer poems appeared in the Longlist Anthology of the 2011 Montreal Prize competition. Many of his poems have been translated and published in Slovenia and Croatia. In 2014, he edited a book of Mongolian haiku published in Mongolia and the US.

Currently, he has a chapbook (Like a Summer Night) forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Ed lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more, visit Ed Bremson’s blog and find him on Facebook and Twitter.

great_gatsby_antho_pic PHOTOGRAPH: Poet Maryann Corbett shares The Great Gatsby Anthology with the inspiration for her poem in the collection — the statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Rice Park, St. Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald’s hometown.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maryann Corbett contributed her poem “To the Statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Rice Park, Seen from the 53B” to The Great Gatsby Anthology. She is the author of three full-length books of poetry and two chapbooks. Her newest book Mid Evil is the winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, published by The University of Evansville Press. Her poems, essays, and translations appear widely in print and online journals and an assortment of anthologies. She is a past winner of the Lyric Memorial Award and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and works for the Minnesota Legislature. Her web page is maryanncorbett.com.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Poet David M. Katz with his copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology in New York City’s Riverside Park, lush and green in the summertime, about two blocks from his home, and a few hours by train from Gatsby’s terrain.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David M. Katz‘s poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Criterion, The Paris Review, PN Review, The Raintown Review, Alabama Literary Review, and Southwest Review. “The Last Page,” his poem featured in The Great Gatsby Anthology, also appears in his most recent book, Stanzas on Oz, Poems 2011-2014. That book also includes a lengthier poem, “Scott’s Last Tape,” which concerns Fitzgerald’s death. His other books of poems are Claims of Home, Poems 1984-2010, and The Warrior in the Forest. As a financial journalist as well as a poet, Katz has long savored Fitzgerald’s ability in Gatsby of being able to catch the economic zeitgeist of the 1920s.

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PHOTO: Poet Laurie Kolp with her copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology before the Battleship Texas (LaPorte, Texas). Laurie contributed her poem “Tea with a Tiger” to the collection. The Great Gatsby was her mother’s favorite book of all time, and will always hold a special place in Laurie’s heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laurie Kolp serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers, and each month gathers with local members of the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals worldwide, including the 2015 Poet’s Market, Scissors & Spackle, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, and Pirene’s Fountain. Laurie’s full-length poetry collection, Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), is available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Her chapbook, Hello it’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press) is now available for preorder here, and is set for publication October 2015. Visit her at her website, on Facebook, and Twitter.