About Judith Vollmer:
Judith Vollmer‘s fifth book of poetry, The Water Books, was published by Autumn House Press in 2012. Her previous collection, Reactor (University of Wisconsin Press 2004), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and featured in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Her other books include The Door Open to the Fire, awarded The Cleveland State Poetry Prize in 1997 and finalist honors for the Paterson Prize; Black Butterfly (limited edition), awarded the Center for Book Arts chapbook prize in 1997; and Level Green, awarded the Brittingham Prize (Wisconsin 1990.) Vollmer has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies from the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, the Centrum Foundation, and others. Her essay on Baudelaire, “The Stroll and Preparation for Departure” is included in the Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire (Cambridge University Press 2006). Vollmer teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She lives in Pittsburgh and co-edits the national poetry journal 5 AM.
About Alicia Ostriker:
Alicia Ostriker has published twelve volumes of poetry, most recently The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011 and The Book of Seventy (for which she received the 2009 Jewish National Book Award), The Volcano Sequence and No Heaven. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Yale Review, Ontario Review, The Nation, and many other journals and anthologies. Twice a National Book Award finalist, she has also received awards from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the Poetry Society of America, the San Francisco Poetry Center, and the Paterson Poetry Center. As a critic, she is the author of Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the bible. Her newest prose work is For the Love of God: the Bible as an Open Book. Ostriker lives in Princeton, NJ, and is Professor Emerita of English at Rutgers University.
About Ira Sadoff:
Ira Sadoff is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently True Faith (BOA Edidtions, 2012), and Barter and Grazing (Illinois UP). His Ira Sadoff Reader compiled selected poems, published essays and short stories. His work is widely anthologized, including in the Scribner Series Best Poems of 2002 and 2008, Harper American Literature, St. Martin’s Introduction to Literature, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Body Electric, The Paris Review Anthology, and The Bread Loaf Anthology of Poetry. He is also the author of one novel, Uncoupling, and a critical book on contemporary poetry, aesthetics and politics, History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of Culture (Iowa, 2009). Recipient of grants and prizes from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and The Poetry Society of America, he currently holds the Jeremiah Roberts Chair in English at Colby College; he has also taught in the MFA programs at the Iowa Writers Workshop, the University of Virginia, Warren Wilson College, and at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.