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Who We Are

Steve Stern

Steven Stern, Co-founder
Steven Stern is a lifelong poetry aficionado who, in 2011, noticed a lack of venues for unpublished poets to get their work seen for the first time. He launched the premiere issue of Prospectus in 2011, and there was only one more issue after that. Now retired, Steve has returned to his mission to discover new voices in poetry with more time available to keep the journal on a more regular schedule. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Heidi, and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Robin Hamby

Robin Stern Hamby, Co-founder
Robin Stern Hamby wrote her first poem in third grade. Her love of poetry continued through a 30-year career in education in which she took every opportunity to embed poetry, from the classroom poem of the week, to including poems in her educational TV and curricula writing, to professional development workshops, and weekly newsletters. One of her most rewarding moments, however, came when a former fifth-grade student friended her on FaceBook, and she learned that at 40 years old he writes beautiful poetry.

Having launched her children into full-blown adulthood and retired from an amazing career, Robin is ready to revisit her avocation to bring poetry to the poetry enthusiasts and the poetry-wary. Her passion at work was to give voice to the voiceless. Prospectus can continue that passion by introducing lesser-known poets to an audience.

Celia Alvarez

Celia Lisset Alvarez, M.F.A., Editor

Celia Alvarez received her MA in English and MFA in fiction from the University of Miami. Instead of writing fiction, however, she published her first award-winning collection of poetry, Shapeshifting (Spire Press), in 2006, followed by The Stones (Finishing Line Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals such as Prairie Schooner, BloodLotus, and in the first issue of Prospectus, and has received both a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. Her new book, Multiverses, will be released in 2021 by Finishing Line Press. She has been a professor, a teacher, and now a mother, living in her hometown of Miami with husband and fellow poet Rafael Miguel Montes and daughters Lucy and Sara.

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