Tess Taylor is the author of The Forage House, finalist for the Believer Poetry Award, and Work & Days. An avid gardener and cook, she dropped out of Amherst College in her twenties to become a translator and chef’s assistant at L’Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in publications including the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets, and the New York Times. She is currently the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered, and was most recently visiting professor of English and creative writing at Whittier College. She lives in El Cerrito, CA.
Stephen Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. His essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other works include The Art of the Sonnet, Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler, The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry, Parallel Play: Poems, Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden, Randall Jarrell and His Age, and Popular Music. His latest collection of poems, Belmont, was published by Graywolf Press in 2013.
Joseph Massey is the author of Areas of Fog, At the Point, To Keep Time and Illocality as well as 13 chapbooks and various limited-edition broadsides and folios. Massey’s work has also appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Nation, A Public Space, American Poet, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West; and in the anthologies Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation.