Rae Armantrout’s most recent books are Partly: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2016) and Entanglements (Wesleyan University Press, 2016). Entanglements is a chapbook gathering Armantrout’s physics-inspired poems. Her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010.
Mary Jo Bang is the author of seven collections of poems, including the The Last Two Seconds and Elegy, which received the NBCC Award. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published in 2012. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Christopher Childers has published poems, essays, and translations in the Yale Review, Agni, Parnassus, and elsewhere. He is currently translating an anthology of Greek and Latin lyric poetry from Archilochus to Martial for Penguin Classics.
Albert Goldbarth has twice received the National Book Critics Circle Award and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Mark Twain Award from the Poetry Foundation. His recent collection of poems is Selfish (Graywolf Press), and that same publisher released his new book of essays, The Adventures of Form and Content. He lives his completely offline existence in Wichita, Kansas, and has been publishing in the Kenyon Review from when it was still done in cuneiform on baked clay tablets.
Marilyn Hacker is the author of thirteen collections of poems, most recently A Stranger’s Mirror (Norton, 2015), and of sixteen books translated from the French, including Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen, which received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009.
Robert Hahn is a poet, essayist, and translator. He lives in Boston.
Charles Johnson, University of Washington (Seattle) professor emeritus and author of twenty-two books, is a MacArthur Fellow, novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary scholar, short-story writer, cartoonist and illustrator, an author of children’s literature, and a screen-and-teleplay writer. Johnson received the 1990 National Book Award and a 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, among many other awards. In November of 2016, Pegasus Theater in Chicago debuted its play adaptation of Middle Passage, titled “Rutherford’s Travels.” Dr. Johnson’s forthcoming book is The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling.
Lawrence Joseph is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His sixth book of poems is forthcoming from FSG in August 2017. He is also the author of two books of prose, Lawyerland (FSG) and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose, published by the University of Michigan Press in its Poets on Poetry Series. He is Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law and lives in New York City.
Jeffrey Meyers spent some time with Paddy Leigh Fermor in Greece in 2002 and published a memoir about him. Meyers’s recent books include Robert Lowell in Love and The Mystery of the Real, his correspondence with the artist Alex Colville (both 2016).
Derek Mong is the Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College. The author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (forthcoming 2018), he holds a doctorate in American literature from Stanford University. New poetry, criticism, and translations have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Brooklyn Rail, Circumference, and International Poetry Review. He lives with his wife and son in Indiana and blogs at Kenyon Review Online.
Alix Ohlin’s most recent books are the novel Inside and the story collection Signs and Wonders. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Lafayette College.
Meghan O’Rourke, a poet and essayist, is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Sun In Days. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes, she teaches in the writing programs at NYU and Princeton.
Eric Pankey is the author of many collections of poems, including Augury (Milkweed Editions, 2013). He is the Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University.
Wyatt Prunty’s latest poetry collection is Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise. He lives in Sewanee, where he is the Ogden D. Carlton Professor in Sewanee’s English Department. He directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Tennessee Fellowship Series. He edits the Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction Series.
Sam Sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017), winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Terrance Hayes. His second book, Bury It, will be out from Wesleyan University Press in 2018. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, and the Michener Center where he served as the editor in chief of Bat City Review. He is the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion and author of four chapbooks. Winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award, his poems are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, and other journals.
Grace Schulman was awarded the 2016 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America. Her seventh book of poems is Without a Claim (Mariner). She is Distinguished Professor, Baruch College, CUNY.
Shuzo Takiguchi (1903–1979), a poet, painter, and art critic, was one of the most prominent Surrealists in Japan. His fourteen-volume collected works was published between 1991 and 1998.
Yuki Tanaka was born in Yamaguchi, Japan. He is currently a PhD student in English and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis.
Elizabeth Wetmore’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Epoch, Colorado Review, Baltimore Review, and other journals. Before devoting herself to writing, Elizabeth variously tended bar, waited tables, drove a cab, and painted silos and cooling towers at a petrochemical plant. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the grateful recipient of a 2014 grant from the Illinois Arts Council, she lives in Chicago with the poet Jorge Sánchez and their son, Hank. “Slipping” is the title story in a collection of short stories set in the West Texas oil patch.
Kevin Wilson is the author of two novels, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2012) and Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017), as well as a collection of stories, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009). He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, and teaches in the English Department at the University of the South.