Clarinda Harriss is a professor emerita of English at Towson University whose poems and short fiction are widely anthologized. Her most recent books are Air Travel, Mortmain, and Dirty Blue Voice. She recently coedited Hot Sonnets, a collection of modern erotic sonnets. She directs BrickHouse Books, Maryland's oldest literary press. Her ongoing research interest is in prison writers. CityLit Project established the Harriss Poetry Prize in her honor.
Bruce Sager works as a corporate officer in a systems integration firm. His book Famous won the 2010 Harriss Poetry Prize. He has received Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, a Baltimore City Arts Grant, and an Artscape Literary Arts Award. Prior books include Nine Ninety-Five and The Pumping Station. Dick Allen, the Connecticut Poet Laureate, has described Sager's voice as "self-conscious, knowledgeable, confident, wacky, exuberant."