Kevin Prufer is the author of five books of poems, the most recent of which are In a Beautiful Country (Four Way, 2011) and National Anthem (2008), named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly. He is also Editor of, among others, New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008; w/Wayne Miller) and Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and numerous other national awards, he is Professor of English at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.
Elise Paschen is the author of several poetry collections including, most recently, Bestiary (Red Hen Press, 2009) and Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in The New Republic, Ploughshares and The Hudson Review, among other magazines, and in anthologies such as A Formal Feeling Comes and The POETRY Anthology, 1912—2002. She also has edited numerous anthologies, including The New York Times bestsellers, Poetry Speaks and Poetry Speaks to Children. A co-founder of Poetry in Motion, Paschen teaches in the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.