Patricia Monaghan serves on the interdisciplinary faculty at DePaul University, where she teaches science and literature. A widely-published author, she has won the Pushcart Prize and the Friends of Literature award for her work. She is the author of four books of poetry, including Dancing with Chaos, which explores chaos theory through poetic images; Homefront, which explores the lasting impact of war on families of psychologically-wounded veterans; and the forthcoming Mary: A Novel in Verse, which is a feminist retelling of the story of the Blessed Virgin.
Michael McDermott is a semi-retired physician and social activist. He has lived at Brigit Rest in Black Earth, Wisconsin for over 15 years. During this time he has worked to develop Brigit Rest into a retreat for artists and activists based on a reverence for the land and as a setting for Celtic influenced spirituality. He has provided Brigit Rest as home for the Black Earth Institute.