Carole Bernstein is author of Familiar (Hanging Loose Press) and the chapbook And Stepped Away From the Circle. Her poems have been included in the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000) and Unsettling America (Viking).

Michelle Boisseau's fourth book of poems, A Sunday in God-Years, was published in 2009 by University of Arkansas Press, which also published her third, Trembling Air, a PEN USA finalist. She received a NEA poetry fellowship in 2010. Her textbook, Wrong Poems (Longman) is in its eighth edition. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dewey Faulkner has taught at Yale and at the University of San Antonio. He has also worked for many years in newspaper, television, and radio as a music critic.

Russell Fraser is Austin Warren Professor Emeritus of English language and literature at the University of Michigan. His books include a two-volume biography of Shakespeare, Young Shakespeare and The Later Years; an account of poets in English from 1500, Singing Masters, and a book on twentieth-century writing, Moderns Worth Keeping. He lives in Honolulu.

Gabriel Fried is the author of Making the New Lamb Take (Sarabande Books, 2007). He is poetry editor at Persea Books, and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Barbara Hamby is the author of four books of poems, most recently Babel (2004) and All-Night Lingo Tango (2009) from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow in poetry and her book of short stories, Lester Higatas 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She teaches at Florida State University.

Joseph Harrison is the author of two books of poetry, Someone Else’s Name (2003) and Identity Theft (2008). His honors include an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a poetry fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the senior American editor for The Waywiser Press.

Henry Hart is the Mildred and J. B. Hickman Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary. He has published three books of poetry; scholarly studies of Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, and Geoffrey Hill; a biography of James Dickey; and is now working on a biography of Robert Frost.

Amy Hungerford's current book project is This Is McSweeney’s, about the social justice and literary projects of Dave Eggers and the McSweeney’s publishing house. Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton University Press) appeared in 2010. She is a founder of Post45, a professional association for scholars working in post-1945 literary and cultural studies, and is professor of English and American studies at Yale University.

Jean Ross Justice is the author of The End of a Good Party and Other Stories (University of Tampa Press, 2008). She lives in Iowa City.

Jason Koo is the author of Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, he is an assistant professor of English at Quinnipiac University and founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets, a nonprofit literary organization.

David Lehman is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the series editor of The Best American Poetry. His books include A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets, and The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School in New York City.

Theodore Leinwand is professor of English at the University of Maryland. Recent essays in his series on poets reading Shakespeare are on Ted Hughes and John Berryman. A third, on Charles Olson’s unpublished Shakespeare manuscript, appeared earlier this year in New England Review.

Gerald Majer is an essayist and poet whose work has appeared in many journals. The Velvet Lounge: Essays on Late Chicago Jazz was published by Columbia University Press. He is professor of English and creative writing at Stevenson University in Maryland.

Julie Sheehan's three poetry collections are Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise, Orient Point, and Thaw. Her honors include a Whiting Writers Award, NYFA Fellowship, and the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

Grace Schulman’s latest poetry collection is The Broken String (Houghton Mifflin), and her recent book of essays is First Loves and Other Adventures (University of Michigan Press). Currently she is completing her seventh book of poems, Without a Claim. She is Distinguished Professor at Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.

Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, and the long-time editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review. His latest book is Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Charles Taylor has written for The New Yorker, The Nation, Dissent,, and other publications. A member of the National Society of Film Critics, he teaches in New York City.

Craig Watson is assistant professor of English at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta. His poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Southern Humanities Review, Light Quarterly, and elsewhere. His essay in this issue and another forthcoming in Southwest Review are part of an ongoing book-length study of Fairfield Porter.

C. K. Williams’s two most recent books, both appearing this season, are In Time: Poets, Poems and the Rest (University of Chicago Press), which will include his essay in this issue; and a new book of poems, Writers Writing Dying (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).