Originally from New York, Nina Bogin has been living in France for many years. She has published two books of poems, In the North (Graywolf Press) and The Winter Orchards (Anvil Press). Her poems have appeared in literary magazines in the US, England, France, and Poland.
Steven Cramer is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Goodbye to the Orchard (Sarabande Books, 2004), which was named a 2005 Honor Book in Poetry by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and won the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club. He directs the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge.
John Crutchfield is a writer and performer based in Asheville, North Carolina. His translations of Durs Greenbein's poems appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Cold Mountain Review.
Lydia Davis is the author of, most recently, The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009), selected by the New Yorker magazine book club as its December book. She is also the translator of the latest Swann's Way by Marcel Proust and is currently finishing a translation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, the painter Alan Cote.
Nora Delaney is a Boston-based writing instructor, translator, and poet. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Literary Imagination, Fulcrum, Absinthe: New European Writing, Jacket, The Critical Flame, and other publications. She is a founding member of The Pen & Anvil Press and edits Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies and The Charles River Journal.
Ron De Maris holds an Endowed Teaching Chair (Emeritus) at Miami Dade College, where he taught English, Creative Writing, and Humanities for many years. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, Salmagundi, Antioch Review, Poetry, and a number of other journals.
Melissa Green is the author of two collections of poetry—The Squanicook Eclogues and 52—as well as a memoir, Color is the Suffering of Light. Portions of her novel, Akeldama, appear in our inaugural issue; it has also appeared in AGNI and The Charles River Journal. The Pen & Anvil Press (Boston) will publish her collection, Daphne in Mourning, in 2010. She received the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She is the contributing editor of Little Star. Akeldama: The Death of the Abbess, in the inaugural issue, is drawn from her novel in progress, Akeldama.
Durs Greenbein is the author of six volumes of poetry and a collection of essays. He received Germany’s Georg Buechner in 1995. His poems can be read in Michael Hofmann’s English translations in Ashes for Breakfast: Selected Poems and Twentieth-Century German Poetry, selected and edited by Michael Hofmann. The Bars of Atlantis: Selected Essays by Durs Greenbein, edited by Michael Eskin, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May. He lives in Berlin.
Seamus Heaney’s most recent book is a translation of The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables by the fifteenth-century Scots poet Robert Henryson. Stepping Stones, interviews with him conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently District and Circle. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.
Michael Hofmann has published six books of poetry, most recently his selected poems in 2009, and some sixty books in translation from the German. He divides his time between London and Gainesville, Florida.
Kate Hunter lives in Vermont. She is the author of The Dream Sequence. Paradise Now, in the inaugural issue, was drawn from her novel in progress, Condition: Paradise Now.
George Kalogeris is the author of a book of poems based on the life of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets (Pressed Wafer, 2006). He recently completed a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos. He teaches literature and classics in translation at Suffolk University.
Karl Kirchwey is the author of five books of poems, the most recent of which is The Happiness of This World: Poetry and Prose (Marian Wood Books/Putnam's, 2007). His translation of Paul Verlaine's first book of poems, titled Poems Under Saturn, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in the spring of 2011, as is a new book of poems, Mount Lebanon. He directs and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College.
Dave Lucas received a 2005 ‘Discovery’/The Nation Prize. His first book, Weather, is forthcoming in the VQR Poetry Series. He is a doctoral student in English literature at the University of Michigan.
Glyn Maxwell's latest poetry collection, Hide Now, was shortlisted for both the T.S.Eliot and Forward Prizes. The Nerve won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2003, and three of his books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Several of his plays have been staged in London and New York, including Broken Journey, Wolfpit and The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre Guide's ‘Best Play’ at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004, and Liberty, which premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in 2008.
Paul Muldoon's new book of poems, Maggot, will appear from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the fall of 2010.
Les Murray lives in New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of twenty-three books of poetry, most recently The Biplane Houses. He has been honored by the Australian government with the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to literature, and in 1998 he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for the British Commonwealth.
Tim Parks, a novelist, essayist, and translator, is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. His most recent novel is Dreams of Rivers and Seas. A book of his nonfiction, Teach Us to Sit Still, will be published in 2010.
Padgett Powell has published five novels and two collections of short stories, his latest the novel The Interrogative Mood. His awards include a Whiting Writer's Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Paris Review John Train Humor Prize, and the Prix de Rome from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He teaches writing at the University of Florida. Manifesto is a portion of a longer work, also called Manifesto.
Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland and now lives in London. His third collection, Swithering (Harcourt, 2006), was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Collection and was the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year. He recently won the 2009 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem—a poem included in his fourth collection, The Wrecking Light, published in 2010—which makes him the first poet to have won all three categories of Forward Prize.
Mary Jo Salter is a poet, lyricist, playwright, and essayist, whose latest collection of poems, A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems, was published in March 2008.
Andrew Shields is a poet and translator from the German. Most recently two volumes of his translations of the work of Dieter M. Gräf f have been published by Green Integer. He lives in Switzerland.
James Stott is a poet and translator of Russian poetry. He lives in Boston with his wife and son.
William Wadsworth's poems and essays have been published in The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Yale Review, The Antioch Review, and Tin House, among other journals, and have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Erotic Poems, edited by David Lehman, and the Library of America anthology of American Religious Poems, edited by Harold Bloom. He lives in New York City.
Derek Walcott is a poet and dramatist who lives in St. Lucia in the West Indies. Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish his fourteenth book of poems, White Egrets, in April 2010, along with a new volume of plays. He has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Margaret Weatherford lives in Hacienda Heights, outside of Los Angeles. Her story ‘East of the 5, South of the 10,’ appears in the twenty-fifth anniversary edition (Fall/Winter 2009) of Zyzzyva, celebrating writers whose first work appeared in the magazine. ‘The Destinationist’ is drawn from a longer work in progress.
Robert Wigley's Beautiful Country, his eighth book of poems, will be published in the fall of 2010, by Penguin. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of Idaho.