This week we welcome Robert P. Baird as our guest blogger. Robert has published poems in Poetry and The Cultural Society and prose in Bookforum, Slate, Narrative, Boston Review, and n+1, all of which can be found by way of his website, robertpbaird.com. In 2010 Paulist Press published his translation of the Spanish heretic Miguel de Molinos. He is the former editor of Chicago Review and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Like all real poets, he is currently at work on a novel, which, if the lawyers allow it, will be called American Idol. He lives in Seattle and on Twitter @bobbybaird.