Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up in Virginia. Among his most recent books are the novel The Trace, the poems Eiko & Koma, and Alice Iris Red Horse: Selected Poems of Yoshimasu Gozo. Be With, Gander’s first full book of poems since Core Samples from the World, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, is just out from New Directions. Gander lives in Petaluma, California.
Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer and performer. Poetry publications include the Lambda Award-winning collection Rock | Salt | Stone and poems in more than three dozen journals, blogs, and anthologies, such as The Feminist Wire, Drunken Boat, Harriet, The Caribbean Writer and the award-winning Kindergarde: Experimental Writing for Children. Her scholarly book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination received the Caribbean Studies Association best book award. King’s movement- and text-based performance art has been curated around the world. She is the creative editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform and associate professor at Brooklyn College.