Dr. Gale is a poet (Fishers of Men, Selling the Hammock, Mating Season) novelist, and librettist. She maintains a busy teaching schedule in the Los Angeles area, manages Red Hen Press – one of the top selling poetry/prose independent presses in California – and pursues her own writing. Mr. Goodman teaches in the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Writing Program in Louisville, KY. He lives in New York, NY. Dr. Gale read in the poetry venue, dubbed Poetry SouthWest, for the cross fertilization of Southern and Western writers. Richard Goodman read from his two books and discussed writing with festival-goers.