Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Los Angeles. Claire was an accomplished poet, scholar, teacher, and animal-lover. She received her B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University in L.A. She went on to earn an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow (under the mentorship of Rita Dove); an M.A. in Literature from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she was a Cambor Fellow. She published two acclaimed books of poetry: Shadow Mountain (Four Way Books, 2008) and Bear, Diamonds and Crane (Four Way Books, 2011). Shadow Mountain was the 2006 winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry.
Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan passed away in 2016 and is survived by her husband, Raj, and their daughter, Vidya.
Hali Sofala-Jones is a Samoan-American writer. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her poetry appears in Nimrod International Journal, The Bitter Oleander, CALYX, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in Milledgeville, Georgia.