Guillaume Apollinaire’s most well-known volumes of poetry are Alcools (1913) and Calligrammes: Poèmes de la paix et de la guerre (1918). He was active in Parisian artistic circles in the years leading up to World War I, befriending painters and poets of the avant-garde and writing frequent articles in favor of the new art and poetry. He enlisted in the French army in 1914, was wounded in the trenches in 1916, and died of Spanish flu two days before the armistice in November 1918.
David Baker’s forthcoming books are Swift: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton) and Show Me Your Environment: Poetics, Poets, and Poems (essays, University of Michigan Press). In 2011 his poetry volume Never-Ending Birds was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. He is poetry editor of The Kenyon Review.
Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence, RAG, and the forthcoming Think Tank. She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry. She teaches at the University of Colorado–Boulder and lives in Denver where she codirects Counterpath.
Kevin Craft is the editor of Poetry Northwest. His books include Solar Prominence (Cloudbank Books, 2005) and five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum, an annual collection of Italian translation and Mediterranean-inspired writing. He lives in Seattle and directs both the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College and the University of Washington’s Creative Writing in Rome Program.
Peter Grandbois is the author of two award-winning novels, The Gravedigger and Nahoonkara; a memoir, The Arsenic Lobster; and a collection of short fiction, Domestic Disturbances. His essays, plays, and short fiction have appeared in numerous journals and have been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays.
Tony Hoagland’s collections of poems include What Narcissism Means to Me and Donkey Gospel. A collection of prose, Twenty Little Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays, will be published by Graywolf in autumn. He teaches at the University of Houston.
Allison Hutchcraft’s poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte.
R.T. Jamison, an Idaho native, has plied a variety of trades, including graphic design, advertising, and bait sales. After living in Phoenix Metro, Chicagoland, and Tokyo, he now resides in Northern California with his wife who rescued him and a dog they rescued together. His fiction has appeared in Sou’wester, Wisconsin Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others.
John Kinsella is the international editor of The Kenyon Review.
Rickey Laurentiis is the recipient of fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals, including Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, the New York Times, Oxford American, and Poetry. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Mara Naselli is an editor and writer. Her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, Rapidian, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. She is a regular contributor to 3 Quarks Daily and is at work on a collection of essays on art.
Jennifer Pap, associate professor of French at the University of Denver, centers her research around French poets such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Pierre Reverdy, Francis Ponge, René Char, and Dominique Fourcade. She has published articles on these poets in Modern Language Review, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies (formerly Sites), Dalhousie French Studies, Word & Image, and other journals. She is preparing a book that situates the interart dialogue of these poets in the context of historical crisis.
Kate Petersen’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, Crazyhorse, Iowa Review, Collagist, Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She is at work on a story collection, The Goodbye Variations, and a novel, and has been named a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.
Adam Peterson is the coeditor of The Cupboard and the author of The Flasher and My Untimely Death. His fiction can be found in Indiana Review, Normal School, Southern Review, and elsewhere.
Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently Silverchest (FSG, 2013), and Double Shadow (FSG, 2011), which won the LA Times Book Prize. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Stanley Plumly’s most recent book is Orphan Hours (W. W. Norton, 2012). The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb will appear this year.
Mary Ruefle is the author of Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed! (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007).
George Saunders is the author, most recently, of Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. He teaches at Syracuse University.
Shauna Seliy is the author of the novel When We Get There (Bloomsbury). She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in Hinchas de Poesia, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the New Orleans Review. She teaches at Northwestern University and is at work on a new novel.
Martin Shaw is a mythologist and storyteller, based in Devonshire, U.K. He teaches a course in the oral tradition at Stanford University and is a visiting fellow at Schumacher College. His third book, Snowy Tower: Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language, is forthcoming.
Ann Townsend is the author of two collections of poetry, The Coronary Garden and Dime Store Erotics, and coeditor of Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry. She is a founding member of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and is chair of the English Department at Denison University. She operates Bittersweet Farm, a small hybridizing nursery in Granville, Ohio.
Kellie Wells is the author of a collection of short fiction, Compression Scars, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award, and two novels, Skin and Fat Girl, Terrestrial. She teaches in the MFA programs at the University of Alabama and Pacific University.