DAVID BOTTOMS’s most recent book of poems is We Almost Disappear (Copper Canyon Press).
ROMAINE BROOKS (1874—1970), born Beatrice Romaine Goddard into a troubled, wealthy family, was an American painter who worked primarily in portraiture in Paris and in Capri. Inheritance of a large fortune after her mother’s death in 1902 gained her independence. She began to draft her memoirs, never published in full, in the 1930s. The typescript including the selections in this issue was given to the Yale library by Norman Holmes Pearson, a founding ﬁgure of the Yale Collection of American Literature.
WILL EAVES is author of three novels, including This Is Paradise; a collection of poems, Sound Houses; and The Absent Therapist, a volume of experimental ﬁction. He lives in the U.K.
JOHN FOY is author of Techne’s Clearinghouse (Zoo Press). His poems are featured in The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (Swallow Press), and his work has been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The New Criterion, and Parnassus, among other journals. He has been a guest blogger for The Best American Poetry.
ANTONIA FRASER, born Lady Antonia Margaret Caroline Pakenham, is author of histories, biographies, novels, and detective ﬁction. Her books include Mary, Queen of Scots (1969), Cromwell, Our Chief of Men (1973), and The Weaker Vessel, a study of women’s lives in seventeenth-century England, winner of the Wolfson History Award in 1984. Her memoir Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter was published in 2010. The essay printed in this issue is part of the memoir My History, forthcoming this season from Nan A. Talese, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
NICHOLAS FRIEDMAN has published poems in The New Criterion, The New York Times, Poetry, and other venues. In 2012 he received a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
DAVID GALEF is professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Montclair State University. Recent books include the short story collection My Date with Neanderthal Woman (Dzanc Books) and Kanji Poems (Word Press).
VINCENT GIROUD’s Nicolas Nabokov: A Life in Freedom and Music was published in the spring by Oxford University Press. He is currently at work on an annotated edition of the complete music criticism of Reynaldo Hahn and on a book about Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, co-edited with Michael Kaye.
BROOKS HAXTON’s many publications include books of poems (among others, They Lift Their Wings to Cry and Uproar: Antiphonies to Psalms, both from Knopf), and translations from the German, French, and ancient Greek. His next book is My Blue Piano, translations of poems by Else Lasker-Schüler (due next month from Syracuse University Press). He has taught poetry writing and literature for many years at several schools, including Syracuse University and Warren Wilson College.
JOHN HENNESSY is the author of two collections, Bridge and Tunnel and Coney Island Pilgrims. He is the poetry editor of The Common and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
PATRICIA HOOPER’s most recent book is Aristotle’s Garden, winner of the 2003 Bluestem Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and other publications.
JOHN KOETHE’s next book of poems, The Swimmer, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in March 2016. He is distinguished professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
DAVID H. LYNN is professor of English at Kenyon College and the Banks Editor of The Kenyon Review.
DAVID MASON’s latest collections are Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, 2004-2014 (Red Hen Press), and Davey McGravy: A Story in Verse, illustrated by Grant Silverstein (Paul Dry Books).
ELIZABETH METZGER is a writing instructor at Columbia University, where she recently completed the M.F.A. in poetry. Her work received the 2013 Narrative/Copper Canyon Poetry Prize and was included in Narrative’s 30 Under 30. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, and Narrative, and her essays in Boston Review and Southwest Review, among others. She is the poetry editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal.
EDISON MIYAWAKI teaches neurology and psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He practices at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and divides his time between Massachusetts and Kansas City, Missouri. His recent book, What to Read on Love, not Sex, reappraises Sigmund Freud’s psychology of love in a science-dominated time.
MICHAEL PEARCE’s poems and stories have appeared in Nimrod, Epoch, The Gettysburg Review, Poems & Plays, Conjunctions, Witness, and elsewhere. He lives in Oakland, California, and plays saxophone in the Bay Area band Highwater Blues.
MARC ROBINSON, professor of English and theater studies at Yale University, is the author of The American Play: 1787—2000 (2009) and the editor of The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan (2012).
KAREN SATRAN taught creative writing at Rutgers for many years and has also taught in the speech department at City College of New York. Other stories have appeared in Epoch, Redbook, Seventeen, and The New Yorker. She lives with her husband in New York City.
MICHAEL SHEWMAKER is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Southwest Review, Parnassus, Oxford American, New Criterion, Narrative, Hopkins Review, Columbia, and other literary journals and anthologies. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Emily.
MATTHEW SPENDER is an English sculptor. He is author of From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky (1999), a biography of his father-in-law, the artist Arshile Gorky; and A House in St. John’s Wood (2015), forthcoming this season from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, about his father, the poet Stephen Spender.
RYAN TEITMAN’s ﬁrst book of poems, Litany for the City, was chosen for the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize by Jane Hirshﬁeld and published by BOA Editions. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, and Threepenny Review.
WILLIAM WENTHE’s latest book of poems, God’s Foolishness, is forthcoming next year from Louisiana State University Press. His previous book, Words Before Dawn, was also published by LSU in 2012. New poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, Raritan, The Southern Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Upstreet.
TIMOTHY YOUNG is curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Beinecke Library at Yale University. He edited The Uncollected David Rakoff (Anchor Books, 2015).
RUTH BERNARD YEAZELL’s next book is Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names (Princeton University Press), appearing this season. She is Chace Family Professor of English at Yale University.
STEPHEN YENSER’s most recent book of poems is Blue Guide. He is also the author of The Fire in All Things (winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets) and of critical books on Robert Lowell and James Merrill, as well as a collection of essays, A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large. With J. D. McClatchy and Langdon Hammer he edits the work of James Merrill, the next volume of which will be the Selected Letters. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at U.C.L.A.