Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert, grew up in Virginia, and taught for many years at Brown University with his wife, poet CD Wright. Among Gander’s most recent books are Be With, which recently won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the novel The Trace, and Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America. Gander’s book Core Samples from the World, a meditation on the ways we are revised and translated in encounters with the foreign, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting and United States Artists Foundations. www.forrestgander.com
Robert Hass is a poet, translator and essayist. His most recent books include a new collection of poems, Summer Snow (Ecco/HarperCollins), and a collection of essays, A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry (HarperCollilns). His other books include his book of prose, What Light Can Do: Essays 1985-2010; his selected poems, The Apple Trees at Olema; Time and Materials, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and his edition of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself and Other Poems. His other books of poetry include Sun Under Wood: New Poems, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide. He has also co-translated many volumes of the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz and is the author or editor of several other collections of essays and translations, including The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry; and Now & Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns 1996-2000. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and, twice, the National Book Critics Circle Award, he is a professor of English at UC Berkeley.
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Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry, all published by Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days, which won the Northern California Book Award for poetry; and Seasonal Works With Letters on Fire, which received the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2014 for the best book of poetry published in English the previous year. Hillman has also published three chapbooks: Coffee Three A.M, Autumn Sojourn, and The Firecage; edited an edition of Emily Dickinson’s poetry for Shambhala Publications; and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, co-edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood. With Garrett Caples and Paul Ebenkamp, she edited Richard O. Moore’s Particulars of Place (Omnidawn). Named by Poets and Writers magazine as one of “Fifty Inspiring Writers,” she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for 2012 for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. Hillman participates in nonviolent activism, is a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets, and serves as the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. In 2021, Hillman will direct the Poetry Program of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. www.brendahillman.net
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David Tomas Martinez is the author of two collections of poetry, Hustle and Post Traumatic Hood Disorder, both from Sarabande Books. Martinez is a Pushcart winner, CantoMundo fellow, a Breadloaf Stanley P. Young Fellow, NEA poetry fellow, and NEA Big Read author. Martinez lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.davidtomasmartinez.com
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Jane Miller has written eleven books, most recently Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions, and including Working Time: Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel. She is the recipient of a Wallace Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Western States Book Award, and the Audre Lorde Prize in Poetry. Miller served as a professor for many years in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Arizona, including a stint as its Director, and is currently Visiting Poet at The University of Texas Michener Center for Writers in Austin.
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Sharon Olds is the author of twelve books of poetry. The Dead and the Living received the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and One Secret Thing was a finalist for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She teaches at New York University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where she has been involved with New York University’s outreach workshops. The Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop is in its 30th year, which includes a workshop for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Her collection of poetry, Stag’s Leap, published by Knopf in the US and Jonathan Cape in the UK, won the 2012 T.S.Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. In 2015 she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016 The Academy of American Poets awarded her the Wallace Stevens Award. Her collection, Odes, was published by Knopf in 2016. Her most recent collection, Arias, was published in 2019. www.sharonolds.net
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Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Rutgers-Camden University. Air Traffic, a memoir in essays, was released by Knopf in April, 2018. www.pardlo.net
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