Peggy Samuels (Ph.D. CUNY) teaches seventeenth-century English literature and mid-twentieth-century American poetry. Her areas of research include biblical interpretation and literary responses to cultural conflicts in the seventeenth century. She has published on Milton’s Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, and Andrew Marvell’s lyrics. More recently, she has worked on Elizabeth Bishop’s use of experiments in the visual arts to construct a new poetics, a project in intellectual history that focuses on the mid-century reception of Paul Klee and Kurt Schwitters. Her book, Deep Skin: Elizabeth Bishop and Visual Art is forthcoming from Cornell University Press (2009). She is working on Drew University’s partnership with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to create and make accessible an archive of a wide range of contemporary poets in performance and conversation.