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’s most recent book is Extra Hidden Life among the Days (2018). Hillman has co-edited and co-translated numerous volumes, including Ana Cristina Cesar’s At Your Feet (Parlor Press, 2018), co-translated from Portuguese with her mother Helen Hillman. Her awards for poetry include the 2020 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Innovation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California, co-directs Poetry Week at Community of Writers and currently serves as a Chancellor at the Academy of American Poets. https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/brenda-hillman/
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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, including most recently Arias (2019), which was short-listed for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Odes (2016). Her 2012 collection Stag’s Leap won both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize. Olds is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she helped to found workshop programs for residents of The Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in New York City. www.sharonolds.net
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Gregory Pardlo is an essayist and Pulitzer Prize-winning for poet. His most recent book is Air Traffic, a memoir in essays. His poetry collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts for translation. His first poetry collection Totem won the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and Director of the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden. www.pardlo.net