David Baker’s recent books include a collection of poems, Scavenger Loop (W. W. Norton, 2015), and the collection of essays Show Me Your Environment (University of Michigan Press, 2014). He is poetry editor of Kenyon Review and teaches at Denison University.
Yves Bonnefoy’s ten major collections of verse and numerous studies of literature and art have been translated into multiple languages. Bonnefoy is also a celebrated translator of Shakespeare, Yeats, Keats, and Leopardi, and has received the 2006 European Prize for Poetry, the 2007 Kafka Prize, and other honors. His latest anthology in English is Second Simplicity: New Poetry and Prose, 1991–2011 (Yale University Press, 2012), translated by Hoyt Rogers. He lives in Paris.
Marianne Boruch’s most recent poetry collections include Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) and the forthcoming Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing (Copper Canyon, 2016). The Book of Hours, also from Copper Canyon Press, was the recipient of the 2013 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. Boruch’s prose includes two essay collections and her memoir The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana University Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, APR, Poetry, New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. A former Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, and a Fulbright Professor at the University of Edinburgh, she teaches at Purdue University and in the low residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.
Traci Brimhall is the author of Saudade (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press), Our Lady of the Ruins (W. W. Norton, 2012), and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, the Believer, the New Republic, and Best American Poetry. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.
Nancy Naomi Carlson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland Arts Council, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She holds a PhD in foreign language methodology and is co-translator of The Dancing Other (Seagull Books, forthcoming in 2016), the novel by Suzanne Dracius excerpted in this issue. She has also published a translation of Dracius’s poetry, Calazaza’s Delicious Dereliction (Tupelo Press, 2015).
Jamie Davis holds a PhD in Romance Languages and is a translator of Suzanne Dracius, including her short story collection Climb to the Sky (University of Virginia Press, 2012). He is the author of Beautiful War: Uncommon Violence, Praxis, and Aesthetics in the Novels of Monique Wittig (Peter Lang, 2010), and teaches Spanish at Emory University.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses (Southern Illinois University Press, 2001), Furious Lullaby (Southern Illinois, 2007), Requiem for the Orchard (University of Akron Press, 2011), and Post Subject: A Fable (Akron, 2014). He co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (Akron, 2012), and serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as American Poetry Review, Tin House, the Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest. He teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University and in the low residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.
Sharon Dolin is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Manual for Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, 2015 reissue), Whirlwind (Pittsburgh, 2012), and Burn and Dodge (Pittsburgh, 2008), which received the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Dolin directs Writing About Art, an international workshop in Barcelona.
Suzanne Dracius is a prize-winning writer from Martinique, whom the French Cultural Minister called “one of the great figures of Antillean letters.” She received the Prize of the Society of French Poets for her body of work, as well as the Prix Fetkann for her poetry collection Exquise déréliction métisse (2009). Dracius’s poems, short stories, novels, and plays emphasize Martinique’s complex cultural history, filled with slavery, sugar cane, “métissage,” and erupting volcanoes.
Carol Frost’s most recent collections of poetry are Entwined: Three Lyric Sequences (Tupelo Press, 2014) and Honeycomb (Northwestern University Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, the New Republic, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Subtropics, Shenandoah, and Ploughshares, and in four Pushcart Prize anthologies. She teaches at Rollins College, where she serves as the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English and directs Winter With the Writers, a yearly literary festival.
Gemma Gorga has published six collections of poetry. The prose poems published here, from Libre dels minuts (Book of Minutes, Barcelona, 2006), were awarded the Premi Miquel de Palol and appeared in a Catalan-Spanish bilingual edition (Libro de los minutos y otros poemas, Valencia, 2009, trans. V. Berenguer). She teaches at the University of Barcelona.
Linda Gregerson’s Prodigal: New and Selected Poems was published in September 2015 by Mariner Books. She teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing, and directs the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.
Arlene Heyman is the recipient of Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Robert Wood Johnson fellowships. Her short stories have appeared in New American Review and she won Epoch magazine’s novella contest. She has twice been listed in the honor rolls of Best American Short Stories. Heyman is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, where she lives with her husband. Her debut collection of short stories, Scary Old Sex, is just out from Bloomsbury.
Bob Hicok’s poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, and American Poetry Review. His books include the forthcoming Sex & Love & (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), This Clumsy Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007), which was awarded the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, and The Legend of Light (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995), which was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by Booklist. Hicok has worked as an automotive die designer and a computer system administrator, and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
James Hoch is the author of two books of poems: A Parade of Hands (Silverfish Review Press, 2003) and Miscreants (W. W. Norton, 2008). He teaches at Ramapo College of New Jersey and Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in the Hudson Valley.
Charles Holdefer is an American writer currently based in Brussels. His work has appeared in the North American Review, Los Angeles Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He has also published four novels, most recently Back in the Game (Permanent Press, 2012). His essay “Orwell’s Hippopotamus, or The Writer as Historical Anachronism” appeared in NER 32.3.
Catherine Maigret Kellogg is a native speaker of French and lives with her husband in New York City.
Philip Metres is the author of numerous book, including Pictures at an Exhibition (Akron Poetry Series, 2016), Sand Opera (Alice James Books, 2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (translation, Cleveland State University, 2015), and others. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry and has garnered a Lannan fellowship, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Watson Fellowship, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and others. He is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ben Miller’s work has appeared in Best American Essays, AGNI, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Antioch Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere. He is the author of the nonfiction work River Bend Chronicle (Lookout Books, 2013). His awards include fellowships from the NEA and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Eugene Mirabelli was born in 1931 and his first novel was published in 1959. Renato After Alba, excerpted in this issue of NER and forthcoming from McPherson & Company in October, is a follow-up to his novel Renato, the Painter (McPherson, 2012). These are the last two in a series of six novels concerning Renato and the Cavallù clan. Mirabelli has published other novels, including science-fiction and fantasy, and his stories, novels, and essays have been translated into many languages. He writes about politics, economics, and science on his blog, CriticalPages.com.
Martin Monahan is a British writer with stories and poems in the London Review of Books, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, Threepenny Review, the White Review, Dublin Review, Colorado Review, Barrow Street, and elsewhere.
Carl Phillips’s most recent book of poems is Reconnaissance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015). He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Todd James Pierce is the author of Newsworld (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; the novel The Australia Stories (MacAdam Cage, 2003); and most recently Three Years in Wonderland (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), his narrative history of the men and women who designed the first wave of American theme parks. His work has appeared in more than seventy magazines and journals, including the Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Missouri Review, North American Review, VQR, and Willow Springs. He co-directs the creative writing program at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Stanley Plumly’s most recent book is The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb (W. W. Norton, 2014). He is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland.
Christine Robbins has an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Georgia Review, the Los Angeles Review, and Missouri Review online. She lives and works in Olympia, Washington.
Hoyt Rogers is the author of the poetry collection Witnesses and a volume of criticism, The Poetics of Inconstancy, as well as poems, stories, and essays which have appeared in numerous periodicals. Rogers translates from the French, German, Italian, and Spanish; these translations include the Selected Poems of Borges and three books by Yves Bonnefoy: The Curved Planks (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006), Second Simplicity (Yale University Press, 2012), and The Digamma (Seagull Books, 2014). With Paul Auster, he published Openwork, an André du Bouchet reader (Yale University Press, 2014). He lives in the Dominican Republic and Italy.
Christine Sneed has published short stories in past issues of New England Review, as well as in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, the Southern Review, and Ploughshares. She is the author of Little Known Facts (Bloomsbury, 2013), Paris, He Said (Bloomsbury, 2015), Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry (Bloomsbury, 2013 reissue), and the forthcoming story collection The Virginity of Famous Men (Bloomsbury, 2016). She lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Marguerite W. Sullivan’s work has appeared in, among other journals, Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, NOON, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, and Gigantic.
Alia Volz is a Spanish interpreter raised in San Francisco and educated in Havana. Her writing appears in Tin House, Threepenny Review, the New York Times, Utne Reader, Huizache, Narratively, Zyzzyva, and other literary journals.
David Wagoner has published twenty books of poems, most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). He has also published ten novels, one of which, The Escape Artist, was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola; his play First Class was performed at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. He has won numerous awards from Poetry and Prairie Schooner, as well as the Lilly Prize and the Arthur Rense Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years and edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002. He is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington.
C. Waldrep’s most recent books are the long poem Testament (BOA Editions, 2015) and the chapbook Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). With Joshua Corey he edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012). He lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and is editor-at-large for the Kenyon Review.
Edith Wharton (1862–1937), the American writer best known for her fiction, in particular The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome (1911), and The Age of Innocence (1920)—the first book by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize— also wrote poetry, essays, journalism, and books on design. Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (1915), excerpted in this issue of NER, began as a series of essays in Scribner’s Magazine and became an American bestseller. In this volume Wharton describes her time traveling by car through France during World War I, viewing the widespread destruction in the French villages. She later edited The Book of the Homeless (1916), which included essays, art, poetry, and musical scores by many major contemporary European and American artists, and whose profits were used to fund civilians displaced by World War I. In 1934 she published her autobiography, A Backward Glance.
Kathleen Wheaton grew up in California and has lived and worked as a journalist in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Tepoztlan, Mexico. Her short story collection, Aliens and Other Stories, won the 2013 Washington Writers Publishing House Fiction Prize. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is at work on a novel about the “dirty war” in Argentina.
Margaret Withers is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City. She is currently at work on a project in which, every day for a year, she will write a short story about one of her paintings. She is represented by Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art in New York City, William Baczek Fine Art in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the new Phylogeny Contemporary Art in Seattle, Washington.
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016), Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Barter (Graywolf Press, 2003). Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including the New Republic, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Poetry, and Best American Poetry. She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress, as well as residencies from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio, the MacDowell Colony, and the Corporation of Yaddo. She currently teaches poetry at Princeton University and in the MFA Program at Sarah Lawrence College.