Gabriel Gudding is the author of two books, A Defense of Poetry (Pitt Poetry Series, 2002) and rhode island notebook (Dalkey Archive Press, forthcoming 2008), which was written entirely in his car during 25 roundtrips on the highways between Providence, Rhode Island and Normal, Illinois. A resident of Normal, Illinois since 2002, he's an Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Illinois State University, teaching "experimental poetry." Gudding's work has appeared in such venues as New American Writing, LIT, Fence, American Poetry Review, Sentence, Jacket, and has been anthologized in Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003). He is a trained mediator for Illinois State, has begun two creative writing programs in prisons, and maintains a blog, Conchology.
Rosanna Warren is the author of Departure (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003); Stained Glass (1993), which was named the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets; Each Leaf Shines Separate (1984); and Snow Day (1981). She has also published a translation of Euripides's Suppliant Women (with Stephen Scully; Oxford, 1995) and edited several books, including The Art of Translation: Voices from the Field (Northeastern, 1989). Her many awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Award of Merit in Poetry and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the May Sarton Prize, among others, and she received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. Warren served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. In the fall of 2000, she was The New York Times Resident in Literature at the American Academy in Rome. She is a contributing editor of Seneca Review and the poetry editor of Daedalus. Currently, she is the Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University.