André Bernard is vice president and secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The author of four books, he also compiles “Commonplace Book” for the American Scholar.
Eavan Boland’s new volume of poems, Domestic Violence, is to be published by W. W. Norton this spring. She is coeditor, with Edward Hirsch, of The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (W. W. Norton) to be published in late 2007. She teaches at Stanford University.
Averill Curdy’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Slate, and Paris Review, among others. In 2005 she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University.
Carl Dennis’s most recent book, New and Selected Poems, 1974-2004, was published by Penguin in 2004. His previous book, Practical Gods, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. “A Visit to West Point” will appear in his new book, Unknown Friends, to be published by Penguin this spring.
Linda Gregerson’s new collection of poems, Magnetic North, will be published by Houghton Mifflin this month.
Susan Hahn is the author of seven books of poetry, including the forthcoming The Scarlet Ibis (2007). Her first published short story appeared in the summer 2005 issue of The Kenyon Review.
Saskia Hamilton is the author of As for Dream (Graywolf, 2001) and Divide These (Graywolf, 2005). She is also the editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005). She teaches at Barnard College.
Alice Hoffman is the author of eighteen works of fiction, most recently Skylight Confessions.
Jay Hopler’s first book of poems, Green Squall, was chosen by Louise Glück as the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. He is assistant professor of creative writing/poetry at the University of South Florida.
Tara Ison’s first novel, A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, Inc.) was a finalist for the 1997 Los Angeles Times Book Awards. “A Heart, Beating” is excerpted from her novel The List, forthcoming from Scribner in 2007.
Rebecca Kanner’s stories have been published in the Bellingham Review and Third Coast. She is currently working on a novel based on the characters in “Byblis.”
John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems (W. W. Norton, 2003), Doppler Effect: Collected Experimental Poems (Salt, 2004), and The New Arcadia (W. W. Norton, 2005).
Joanna Klink is the author of They Are Sleeping. Her second book, Circadian, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2007. She teaches poetry at the University of Montana.
Man Martin is completing his Ph.D. in creative writing at Georgia State University. His review of Nin Andrews’s Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane appears in the spring 2006 issue of Pleiades. His novel, Endless Corvette, is represented by the Fairbank Literary Agency.
Khaled Mattawa is the author of two books of poetry, Ismailia Eclipse and Zodiac of Echoes. He is also the translator of five volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-editor of two anthologies of Arab-American literature. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Kevin McFadden, originally from the Cleveland area, was a semifinalist for the 2006 Walt Whitman Award for his manuscript, Hardscrabble. His poems appear in Poetry, Ploughshares, and Southern Review.
Campbell McGrath’s latest book is Pax Atomica (Ecco, 2004). He teaches in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University in Miami.
Janet Peery is the author of Alligator Dance (SMU, 1993), The River Beyond the World (Picador, 1996), and What the Thunder Said, forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press.
Sam Pickering teaches English at the University of Connecticut. His most recent books are Letters to a Teacher, published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 2004, and Indian Summer, a collection of familiar essays, published by the University of Missouri Press in 2005.
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.
Roger Rosenblatt is a playwright and novelist. Over the past two years he has had two plays staged off-Broadway. His novel, Lapham Rising, was published by Ecco Press in 2006. The paperback will be released this May. A new novel, Beet, is forthcoming in 2007 from Ecco.
Tracy Ryan was born and grew up in Western Australia, but has lived in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the author of two novels, Vamp (1997) and Jazz Tango (2002). She has also published four volumes of poetry with Freemantle Arts Centre Press, the most recent of which is Hothouse (2002; also published in 2006 with Arc in the U.K.). Scar Revision (new poems) will appear with FACP this year.
Natalie Shapero’s poetry has appeared in 32 Poems, 21 Stars Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.
Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University and editor of the Southwest Review. His latest works are How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry (Oxford University Press) and Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt (Columbia).
Judy Troy is the author of From the Black Hills, a novel published by Random House in 1999, and is currently working on a novel entitled Memories of Earth. She is a recipient of the 1996 Whiting Writers’ Award, and is Alumni-Writer-in-Residence at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.