- Contributors’ Notes
Bruce Bennett is the author of nine books of poetry and more than twenty poetry chapbooks. His Navigating the Distances: New and Selected Poems (Orchises Press) was selected by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of 19. He is professor and chair of English and director of creative writing at Wells College in Aurora, New York.
Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Penn., and raised in Eau Claire, Wis. He currently divides his time between Minnesota and Iowa City, where he is a student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A recipient of the 2010 Roark Prize in Poetry and a winner of the 2007 Davis Demitasse Poetry Contest, his poems have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he was recently nominated for a Pushcart. This is his first published piece of fiction.
B. H. Fairchild has received Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and nea fellowships, and is the author of several books [End Page 237] of poetry, including Local Knowledge (W. W. Norton), The Art of the Lathe (Alice James Books), Usher (W. W. Norton), and Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (W. W. Norton), which was given the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. His poem, “Frieda Pushnik,” and essay, “Logophilia,” recently received Pushcart Prizes.
Susan Falco lives in Miami, where she is completing her mfa at Florida International University. Her poetry has appeared in The Gingko Tree Review and The Louisville Review. She is now focusing on her memoir dealing with addiction, recovery, trapeze, and the Atlanta music scene (among other things).
Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, including Names (W. W. Norton), Essays on Departure (Carcanet Press, UK), and Desesperanto (W. W. Norton). Her essay collection, Unauthorized Voices, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2010. Her ten volumes of translations from the French include Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which received the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. For her own work, she was awarded the PEN/Voelcker Award for poetry in 2010. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Paris.
Ron Hansen’s most recent novel is A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion (Scribner), about the 1927 murder of Albert Snyder by his wife and her lover. He is the director of creative writing at Santa Clara University.
Lindsay Stuart Hill is a graduate of Goucher College, where she received two Kratz Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work has appeared in Five Points, The Alhambra Poetry Calendar, and The Norton Pocket Book of Writing by Students. Last year, she was Poet-in-Residence at Baltimore’s Carver Center for Arts and Technology.
Jane Hirshfield’s seventh poetry book is Come, Thief (Knopf). [End Page 238] Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Orion, Poetry, and six editions of The Best American Poetry. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the nea, and the Academy of American Poets.
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than twenty-five works of fiction, including Practical Magic (Putnam) and Turtle Moon (Putnam), and most recently The Red Garden (Crown), a book of connected short stories set in the Berkshires. In September, Scribner will publish The Dovekeepers, a novel about ancient Israel. She is currently a visiting scholar at The Women’s Research Center at Brandeis University.
Maxine Kumin’s Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990–2010 (W. W. Norton) is now available in paperback, as is The Roots of Things: Essays (Northwestern University Press). She and her husband live on a farm in New Hampshire.
Don Lee is the author of the story collection Yellow (W. W. Norton) and the novels Country of Origin (W. W. Norton) and Wrack and Ruin (W. W. Norton). For many years he was the editor of Ploughshares, and he is now director of the mfa program in creative writing at Temple University. His new novel, Every Now and Then, will appear next year from W. W. Norton.
Margot Livesey is the fiction editor at Ploughshares and a distinguished writer...