Erin Belieu is the co-founder and director of the organization VIDA: Women In Literary Arts and is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Black Box (2006) and Slant Six, released this week from Copper Canyon Press. Belieu has been selected for the National Poetry Series, a Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowship, the Ohioana Prize, and the Midlands Author Award; she was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tin House, Ploughshares, Slate, as well as multiple appearances in Best American Poetry. Belieu teaches in the writing program at Florida State University and the low residency MFA at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She is also Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Writers Conference. Belieu lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Henry Shukman’s poetry has won the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize, a Times Literary Supplement Prize and Arts Council England Award, and his collections have been Guardian and Times (London) Books of the Year. His poems have appeared in the New Republic, London Review of Books, Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and Independent on Sunday. As a novelist his works have won the UK Author’s Club First Novel Award and been New York Times Editor’s Choice. He lives in Santa Fe, NM, with his wife and two sons, and is the resident teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center.