Kazim Ali’s most recent book of poetry is Sky Ward (Wesleyan, 2013). His other recent books include a book of essays, Resident Alien (Michigan, 2015) and a collection of short fiction, Uncle Sharif’s Life in Music (Sibling Rivalry, 2016). He is an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.
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.
Beth Bachmann is the author of two books from the Pitt Poetry Series: Temper (2009), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Do Not Rise (2015), winner of the PSA Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award.
Ellen Bass’s poetry appears frequently in the New Yorker and the American Poetry Review. Her most recent book, Like a Beggar, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2014 and was a finalist for five awards. Other honors include two Pushcart Prizes and an NEA Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
Linda Bierds’s ninth book of poetry, Roget’s Illusion, was published by Putnam’s in March, 2014, and longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the Atlantic, the New Yorker, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry 2014. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Washington.
Bruce Bond is the author of fifteen books, including, most recently, For the Lost Cathedral (LSU, 2015), The Other Sky (Etruscan, 2015), and Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Four of his books are forthcoming: Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, University of Tampa Press), Gold Bee (Crab Orchard Open Competition Award, Southern Illinois University Press), Sacrum (Four Way Books), and Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems (LSU). Presently he is regents professor at University of North Texas.
Stephen (also Steph or Stephanie) Burt is professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, among them The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them. A new book of Stephen’s own poetry, Advice from the Lights, will appear from Graywolf Press in late 2017.
Paula Carter’s essays have appeared in Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Rumpus, Southern Humanities Review, and Salon.com. She holds an MFA from Indiana University.
Katy Didden is the author of The Glacier’s Wake (Pleiades Press, 2013). She earned a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri. A former Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, she is currently an assistant professor at Ball State University.
BK Fischer is the author of two books of poetry, Mutiny Gallery and St. Rage’s Vault, and a critical study, Museum Mediations. She teaches at Columbia University and is a poetry editor at Boston Review.
Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet and a historian of ideas. Her most recent poetry books are Who Said (Copper Canyon) and Funny (Wisconsin). Her poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, the New York Times, American Poet, and New Republic. Hecht has a PhD in history from Columbia University and wrote Doubt: A History (Harper) and Stay: A History of Suicide (Yale). She is writing a book about poetry and the postreligious, The Wonder Paradox (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Gretchen E. Henderson is the author of four books, most recently Ugliness: A Cultural History (Reaktion Books of London/University of Chicago Press, 2015). She teaches at Georgetown University and was the 2015–16 Hodson Trust–JCB Fellow at Brown University and Washington College. This essay is part of her longer work in progress titled Philosophy of Stones: A Lyric Archaeology.
Jay Hopler is the author of two books of poetry, Green Squall (Yale University Press, 2006) and The Abridged History of Rainfall (McSweeney’s, 2016). The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Whiting Writers’ Award and the Rome Prize in Literature, he teaches in the writing program at the University of South Florida.
Kimberly Johnson’s most recent publications include the poetry collection Uncommon Prayer (Persea, 2014) and Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry, coedited with Jay Hopler. Recipient of fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, among others, she lives in Utah.
Meggan Kehrli runs a graphic design studio in Chicago. Her studio work includes a broad range of illustration, design, and printmaking projects. She has been involved in numerous book publications, including illustrations for Who Rescued Who?, which allowed her to visually capture the complex relationships between animals and their people.
Amaris Feland Ketcham is working on a “poetic inventory” of the flora and fauna of the Sandia Mountains that rise east of Albuquerque, where she lives. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Rattle, and the Utne Reader.
Rose McLarney has published two collections of poems, Its Day Being Gone (Penguin Books)—winner of the National Poetry Series—and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains (Four Way Books). She is assistant professor of creative writing at Auburn University and poetry editor of Southern Humanities Review. Rose has been awarded fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell Colony, Sewanee, Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, and the Darmouth Poet in Residence program at the Frost Place.
Sandra McPherson has authored twenty collections, published by Ecco, Wesleyan, and Illinois. Ostrakon published Certain Uncollected Poems and Outline Scribe. New poems have appeared in Poetry, Yale Review, Cimarron, Field, and Ecotone. Retired from teaching at University of California at Davis, she is a full-time writer and art collector.
David S. Reynolds is a distinguished professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. His most recent book is Lincoln’s Selected Writings (Norton 2015). His other books include Walt Whitman’s America (winner of the Bancroft Prize and Ambassador Book Award), Beneath the American Renaissance (winner of the Christian Gauss Award), John Brown, Abolitionist (winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award), Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America, and Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson.
Glenn Shaheen’s newest book of poetry is Energy Corridor from the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Lee Sharkey is the author of Walking Backwards (Tupelo, 2016), Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), and nine earlier full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Massachusetts Review, Seattle Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, the Shadowgraph Poetry Prize, and Zone 3’s Rainmaker Award in Poetry.
Charlie Smith has written seven novels and seven books of poetry. He has won the Aga Khan Prize, the Levinson Prize, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in magazines and journals such as the New Yorker, Paris Review, Harper’s, New Republic, the New York Times, and Nation. He lives in New York City and Key West.
Ryan Patrick Smith holds a BA in English from Transylvania University and MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. His poetry, runner-up in the 2015 Boston Review Poetry Contest and semifinalist in the 2015 Discovery Poetry Contest, appears or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, Salt Hill, Architrave Press, and elsewhere.
Brian Teare, a 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts, is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, the Vermont Studio Center, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of five critically acclaimed books, most recently Companion Grasses, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, a Library Journal Best Indie Poetry pick. An assistant professor at Temple University, he lives in South Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.
Debbie Urbanski’s stories have been published in New England Review, Sun, Nature: the International Weekly Journal of Science, Southern Review, and Highlights magazine. She lives with her family in Syracuse, New York.
Lisa Williams is the author of Gazelle in the House (New Issues, 2014), Woman Reading to the Sea (2008), and The Hammered Dulcimer (1998). She teaches at Centre College and is series editor for the University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series.