About Jean Valentine:
Jean Valentine was the State Poet of New York from 2008-2010. She won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her eleventh book of poetry is Break the Glass from Copper Canyon Press. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. She was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets in 2010, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2011.Valentine has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the NEA, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, The New York Council for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Maurice English Prize, the Teasdale Poetry Prize, The Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Prize, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Graduate Writing Program of New York University, Columbia University, among many other places.
About Michael Waters:
Michael Waters’ ten books of poetry include Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity (2006—finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize); and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001—finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize) from BOA Editions, and Bountiful (1992); The Burden Lifters (1989); and Anniversary of the Air (1985) from Carnegie Mellon UP. In 2011, Shoestring Press (UK) published Selected Poems. His co-edited volumes include Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation, he has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, Rolling Stone, and The Pushcart Prize, and has chaired the Poetry Panel for the National Book Award. Waters is Professor of English at Monmouth University.
About Jane Mead:
Jane Mead is the author of The Usable Field (Alice James, 2008), House of Poured-Out Waters (Illinois, 2001) and The Lord and the General Din of the World (Sarabande, 1996). Her poems appear regularly in literary journals such as American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly, The Washington Post, and the New York Times, and have been included in many anthologies, including The Body Electric (Norton), The Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets (University of New England Press) and Poet’s Choice (Ecco). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Completion Grant from the Lannan Foundation, and a Whiting Writer’s Award. She has taught at Colby College in Maine, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was for many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University. She farms in Northern California.