United States Poet Laureate 2010-2011 & Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, Essayist & Translator
In a career spanning five decades, W.S. Merwin, poet, translator, and environmental activist, has become one of the most widely read — and imitated — poets in America.

R. T. Smith was educated at Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina, Charlotte and Appalachian State University. He taught at Auburn University for nineteen years where he also served as Alumni-Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English.

Galway Kinnell is a former MacArthur Fellow and has been state poet of Vermont. In 1982 his Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. For many years he was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University. He is currently a chancellor

Simon Winchester, best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster, has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his career and lectures widely at universities, geological and historical societies, and libraries. The author of 21 books, including the bestsellers The Professor

Philip Booth, born in 1925 in New Hampshire, grew up there and in Maine, where he now lives in the house that has belonged to his family for five generations. He was educated at Dartmouth and Columbia, and for many years has been the senior poet in the Syracuse University Creative Writing

David Ray, a native of Sapulpa, OK, was educated at the University of Chicago (B.A., 1952; M.A., 1957). Currently Professor of English at the University of Missouri, he has also had appointments as Visiting Professor at the Univer¬sity of Otago in New Zealand, the University of Rajasthan

The author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, Samuel Hazo is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years.

Linda Pastan grew up in New York city, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1954 and received an MA from Brandeis University in 1957. Her poems have ap¬peared in many periodicals, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Har¬pers, The Georgia Review, Antaeus,

Caroline Knox’s collection He Paves the Road with Iron Bars appeared from Verse Press in May 2004, and A Beaker: New and Selected Poems from Verse Press in May 2002. Her previous books are The House Party and To Newfoundland (Georgia 1984, 1989) and Sleepers Wake (Timken 1994).

Robert Bly was born in Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years there. After one year at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, he transferred to Harvard University and thereby jointed the famous group of writers who were undergraduates

Kay Ryan is the author of five books of poems, most recently Say Unde (Grove Press, 2000). Her awards include an NEA Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, the Union League Poetry Prize (Poetry magazine), and two Pushcart Prizes. Her work was selected for The Best American Poetry in 1995

C.K. Williams was born in Newark, NJ in 1936, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which, Repair, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Weathertop Award.

Richard J. Fein was bom on December 5, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY and lives with his wife, Helen, in Cambridge, MA. He was educated at Brooklyn College, New York University, and Columbia University and was a Professor of English at the State University of New York, New Paltz from 1960 until his

Jean Valentine was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her 13th book of poetry is Shirt in Heaven, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2015.

United States Poet Laureate (2011-2012) Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Philip Levine, Unites States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, was born in 1928 to Russian-Jewish immigrants, in Detroit, a city that inspired much of his writing. Levine "is a large, ironic Whitman