MEENA ALEXANDER was born in Allahbad, India. Her book of poems, Illiterate Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2002), was a winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Her latest book of poems, Raw Silk, was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2004.
RENÉE ASHLEY is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Revisionist’s Dream, The Various Reasons of Light, and Salt, and a novel, Someplace Like This. She is on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s low-residency M.F.A. program and is poet-in-residence at Wichita State University this year.
BEI DAO was born in Beijing in 1949. His work has been translated into thirty languages, including five poetry volumes in English: Unlock (2000), Landscape over Zero (1996), Forms of Distance (1994), Old Snow (1992), The August Sleepwalker (1990); the collection of stories, Waves (1990), and the collections of essays, Midnight’s Gate (2005) and Blue House (2000). He has won numerous awards.
CHAMPA BILWAKESH, a native of India, has twice won the India Currents Katha Fiction contest. Her stories, essays, reports, and book reviews have appeared in Monsoon Magazine, Andover Townsmen, and India New England News. A graduate of Xavier University, she holds an M.F.A. from the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is currently working on her first novel.
CHANA BLOCH is the author of Mrs. Dumpty, winner of the 1998 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Her new manuscript, The Dark of Day, won the 2004 Di Castagnola Award of the Poetry Society of America. Bloch is a cotranslator of The Song of Songs and books by Dahlia Ravikovitch and Yehuda Amichai.
SHARON DOLIN’s most recent poetry books are Realm of the Possible (Four Way Books, 2004) and Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). She teaches at the 92nd Street Y and coordinates the Center for Book Arts annual letterpress poetry chapbook competition.
DAISY FRIED is the author of two books of poems, My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again (forthcoming, University of Pittsburgh Press, spring 2006) and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (Pitt, 2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. A 2004-05 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, she lives in Philadelphia.
DEBORA GREGER’s most recent book of poetry, Western Art, was published by Penguin in 2004.
RED HAWK was the Hodder Fellow in the Humanities at Princeton University and teaches at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. His poems are in Atlantic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and Sun. His latest books are The Sioux Dog Dance (Cleveland State University, 1991), The Way of Power (Hohm Press, 1996), and The Art of Dying (Hohm Press, 1999). His new book is Wreckage with a Beating Heart (Hohm Press, May 2005).
BRIAN HENRY’s most recent book of poetry is Graft (New Issues, 2003). He lives in Athens, Georgia.
BOB HICOK’s most recent book is Insomnia Diary (Pitt, 2004). He teaches in the M.F.A. program at Virginia Tech.
MARK IRWIN’s fifth collection of poetry, Bright Hunger, appeared from BOA in 2004. He teaches at the University of Southern California and divides his time between there and his home in Colorado.
EDISON JENNINGS directs the writing center and serves on the faculty at Virginia Intermont College. His poems have appeared in Nebraska Review, Boulevard, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals.
RODNEY JONES’s Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005 will be published in early 2006 by Houghton Mifflin. He teaches in the English Department at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
LAWRENCE JOSEPH’s fourth and fifth books of poems, Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993, will appear from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September 2005. He is also the author of a book of prose, Lawyerland, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1997. A professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law, he lives in New York City.
JOHN KINSELLA is international editor of The Kenyon Review. His new book is The New Arcadia from WW Norton.
GEETA KOTHARI’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals and anthologies. She has received a fellowship in literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. “Missing Men” is a chapter from her novel Prayers in Another Language.
PHILLIS LEVIN is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Mercury (Penguin, 2001), and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (Penguin, 2001). She has completed her fourth volume of poems, entitled Zeno in the Dark, and is now working on new poems and essays. The recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, she is the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University and also teaches in the graduate writing program at New York University.
CAMPBELL McGRATH’s latest book is Pax Atomica (Ecco, 2004). He teaches in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University in Miami.
JEFFREY MEYERS, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has published forty-four books, including biographies of Wyndham Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Edgar Allen Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edmund Wilson, George Orwell, and Somerset Maugham. His Impressionist Quartet appeared in May from Harcourt, and he is now writing a life of Modigliani.
MONG-LAN’s book Song of Cicadas (UMass Press) received the Juniper Prize. She lives in Tokyo where she teaches with the University of Maryland University College, but spent February 2005 at the Dallas Museum of Art as their first visual artist and poet-in-residence. Her web site is www.monglan.com.
ANDER MONSON lives in Michigan where he edits the magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. Two books came out in 2005: Other Electricities (fiction, Sarabande Books) and Vacationland (poems, Tupelo Press).
DAVID MOOLTEN’s poems have recently appeared in Poetry East (Spring 2004) or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Southern Review. His first book, Plums and Ashes, won the 1994 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize and was published by Northeastern University Press. A second volume, Especially Then, is forthcoming from David Robert Books.
ERIC PANKEY is the author of seven collections of poems, the most recent of which is Reliquaries (Ausable, 2005). He teaches in the M.F.A. program at George Mason University.
ARTHUR RIMBAUD was born in 1854. He abandoned his brief poetic career at the age of twenty, going on to become a trader in coffee, hides, ivory, and weapons in the Horn of Africa. His works include A Season in Hell and Illuminations, a collection of prose-poems. His poems in verse are among the most famous in nineteenth-century literature. He died in 1891 at the age of thirty-seven.
LIZ ROSENBERG’s newest book is I Just Hope It’s Lethal: Poems of Sadness, Madness and Joy, an anthology from Houghton Mifflin. She teaches in the English Department at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
GREGORY BLAKE SMITH teaches at Carleton College. He is the author of two novels, The Devil in the Dooryard and The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Notable Books of the Year. A new novel, The Madonna of Las Vegas, will be published by Crown/Three Rivers Press this fall.
TERESE SVOBODA’s most recent book of poetry is Treason, published by Zoo Press in 2002. She has just finished Woolly Bully at Bellagio. Her opera, WET, will premier at Red Cat in Disney Hall in December.
LILY TUCK is the author of Interviewing Matisse (Knopf, 1991), The Woman Who Walked on Water (Putnam, 1996), Siam (Overlook, 1999) and The News from Paraguay (HarperCollins, 2004), which won the 2004 National Book Award. She is also the author of a collection of stories, Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived (HarperCollins, 2002). Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Fiction, Paris Review, and Antioch Review.
CHARLES HARPER WEBB’s most recent book of poems, Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies, was published by BOA in 2001. Hot Popsicles, a book of prose poems, will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press this year.
KELLIE WELLS was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for her collection of short fiction, Compression Scars. She is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for emerging women writers. “Digesting the Father” is an excerpt from her novel Skin, forthcoming in 2006 from the University of Nebraska Press. She teaches in the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis.
ELEANOR WILNER’s most recent books are The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (2004) and Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems (1998), both from Copper Canyon. She teaches in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
DAVID WOJAHN’s New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the M.F.A. in Writing Program of Vermont College. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2003.
ROBERT WRIGLEY lives in Idaho. His most recent book, Lives of the Animals (Penguin, 2003), won the 2005 Poets’ Prize.