Henri Cole is the author of numerous collections, including Touch: Poems (2011), LA Times Book Prize finalist Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems 1982-2007 (2010), Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize winner Blackbird and Wolf (2007), and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Middle Earth (2003). He has also collaborated with visual artists Jenny Holzer and Kiki Smith. Cole has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Carmargo Foundation. From 1982 to 1988 he served as the executive director of the Academy of American Poets. Cole has taught at Ohio State University, Harvard University, and Yale University. He lives in Boston.
John Koethe is the author of several collections of poetry, including North Point North: New and Selected Poems (2002). His most recent book, Ninety-Fifth Street, won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of the American Poets. He received the Kingsley Tufts Award for Falling Water (1997), the Frank O’Hara Award for Domes (1973), and the Bernard F. Connors Award. His poetry has been included in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry. He has been granted fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Critic Andrew Yaphe calls Koethe “one of our foremost Romantic poets, an inheritor of the tradition of Stevens and Ashbery.”