David Baker's s latest books are Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets, published in 2012 by the University of Arkansas Press in conjunction with The Kenyon Review, and Never-Ending Birds, winner in 2011 of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. He teaches at Denison University and in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College.

Don Bogen is the author of four books of poetry, most recently An Algebra (University of Chicago Press, 2009). He teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

Marianne Boruch's most recent poetry collections are The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2011) and Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan University Press, 2008); her eighth – Cadaver, Speak – is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. Her prose includes two books of essays on poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy and Poetry’s Old Air, and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011). She teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency graduate program for writers at Warren Wilson College.

David Cannadine joined the department of history at Princeton in 2008, after having held positions at Columbia and the Universities of Cambridge and of London. He is author of twelve books. His current projects include The Undivided Past (Knopf, forthcoming this season), a study of collective identities from religious wars to the clash of civilizations and beyond; a new history of nineteenth-century Britain; a history of the teaching of history in schools in twentieth-century Britain; and a study of Winston Churchill, Anglo-America and the so-called ‘‘special relationship.’’ Sir David was recently knighted in the British New Year Honors List.

Maribeth Fischer is the author of two novels, The Language of Goodbye (Dutton, 2001), awarded Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novel Award for 2002, and The Life You Longed For (Simon & Schuster, 2007), a Literary Guild Alternate Selection. Her essays have twice been cited as notable in Robert Atwan’s Best American Essays. She founded the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild in 2005, where she currently serves as executive director, and has taught fiction and nonfiction at the undergraduate and graduate level for over fifteen years. Currently she is completing her third novel, A Season of Perfect Happiness.

Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. The most recent of her many books of poetry is The Ache of Appetite (Copper Canyon Press) and of her books of prose is Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (Paul Dry Books, 2011).

Jessica Francis Kane's first novel, The Report, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Indie Booksellers Choice Award, and the Grub Street Book Prize for Fiction. A story collection, This Close, will be published by Graywolf Press early this year. A contributing writer for the online magazine The Morning News, she lives with her family in New York City.

Marit MacArthur, associate professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield, is a scholar of modern and contemporary poetry, a translator of contemporary Polish poetry, and a MFA candidate in poetry at Warren Wilson College. Her article, ‘‘One World? The Poetics of Passenger Flight and the Perception of the Global,’’ was published in the March 2012 issue of PMLA, and her translations of poems by the Polish poet Adam Wiedemann appear in the current issue of VERSE.

Joanie Mackowski is the author of View From a Temporary Window (University of Pittsburgh Press 2010) and The Zoo (University of Pittsburgh Press 2002), which was awarded the Associated Writing Programs’ Award Series in Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She teaches at Cornell University.

Elisabeth Murawski is author of Zorba’s Daughter, which was awarded the May Swenson Poetry Award; Moon and Mercury; and two chapbooks. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Jay Nordlinger is senior editor of National Review and music critic for The New Criterion and CityArts. Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World (Encounter) was published last year.

Joyce Carol Oates is author of over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novels include them, Black Water, What I Lived For, and Blonde. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities with the program in creative writing at Princeton University.

Justin Quinn lives in Prague and his most recent book of poems is Close Quarters (2011). Currently he is translating the Czech poet Bohuslav Reynek and (with David Wheatley) the Irish poet Aifric Mac Aodha.

Henry Sloss is author of the poetry collection The Threshold of the New (University of South Carolina Press, the James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series). He teaches English and humanities at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, 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.

Caleb Smith is professor of English and American studies at Yale. He is the author of The Prison and the American Imagination (Yale University Press, 2009) and The Oracle and the Curse (Harvard University Press, forthcoming this spring).

Matthew Spellberg is a graduate student in comparative literature at Princeton University. He writes primarily about dreams, as well as about opera and the history of architecture. He lives in New York City, and he is fond of ducks.

David Wagoner has published nineteen books of poems, most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and ten novels, one of which, The Escape Artist, was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years. He edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to its end in 2002. He is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington and teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop.

Paul West is author of fifty books, including My Father’s War: A Memoir, the novels The Tent of Orange Mist and The Immensity of the Here and Now, and a collection of poems, Tea with Osiris. Among other awards, he has been honored by the French government with a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Philip White's poems have recently appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, Hudson Review, and elsewhere. His book of poems is The Clearing. He teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Stephen Yenser's recent books include The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems (University of Chicago Press) and Westernness: A Meditation (University of Virginia Press). He recently retired from the English faculty of the University of California, Davis, and teaches in Warren Wilson College’s MFA program for writers.