Zilka Joseph was nominated twice for a Pushcart, and was awarded a Zell Fellowship and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared or will be appearing in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Mantis, Review Americana, Gastronomica. and in anthologies such as Cheers To Muses: Works by Asian American Women. Lands I Live In and What Dread, her chapbooks, were nominated for a PEN America award and a Pushcart respectively. Her new book Sharp Blue Search of Flame was published by Wayne State University Press and was a finalist for the Foreword Indie Book Awards. She teaches creative writing workshops, and is an independent editor and manuscript coach.
Veena Kulkarni-Rankin , the Lead Instructor at the Faber Piano Institute delights in teaching piano students of all ages from the earliest years of study through advanced concert repertoire. She has also taught at Madonna University and at the University of Windsor. As a worship leader at the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, Veena is at home in both the contemporary worship band and on the concert stage. A solo and chamber musician, she performs regularly in the Midwest. In 2011, Veena won the Best Liszt Interpretation prize at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition and gave two East Coast premieres. Veena earned a doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy under Logan Skelton and John Ellis at the University of Michigan. Prior to that, she studied at Indiana University with Emile Naoumoff and Professors Brancart, Auer, Gulli and Tocco and at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne.