Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. She is the author of Autobiography of Red (Knopf, 1998), Men in the Off Hours (Knopf 2001), Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (Knopf, 2005), NOX (New Directions, 2010), and many other works.
David Shapiro has written many books since his first, January, emerged in l965 from Holt, Rinehart and Winston with poems written when the poet was l3-l6. He was a violinist in his youth and was educated at Columbia, Cambridge University, and has taught at Columbia, Cooper Union, Brooklyn, Bard, and Princeton, both as art historian and as poet. Currently tenured at William Paterson University, he wrote the first book on John Ashbery’s poetry, the first volume on Mondrian’s flower studies, the first on Jim Dine’s paintings, and the first monograph on Jasper Johns’s drawings. He has won many prizes such as the NEH, NEA. He collaborated with John Hejduk on many operas, masques and books, and their Palach project was dedicated by President Havel at the Castle in Prague. He has been much translated and appears in many anthologies here and abroad. His play with Stephen Paul Miller, Two Boys on a Bus, was performed at the Kitchen with music by Laurie Anderson and stared Taylor Mead. He collaborated extensively with Rudy Burckhardt on films and photographic pamphlets, and at 24 was the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the National Book Award. His ten books of poetry include Poems from Deal, A Man Holding an Acoustic Panel, The Page-turner, Lateness, House (Blown Apart), Burning Interior, To an Idea, After a Lost Original, and the recent Selected Poems. He has a one-man exhibit of his collages at Turtle Point Press this Fall.