Maggie Nelson is a poet, scholar, critic, and creative nonfiction writer. Her books of nonfiction include a work of cultural and art criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, which also named it an Editors’ Choice and Notable Book of the Year); a meditation on the color blue, Bluets (2009); a work of poetry criticism, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007; winner of the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship); and The Red Parts: A Memoir (2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan). Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007), Jane: A Murder (2005; finalist, the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (2003) and Shiner (2001; finalist, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award). Her next book, The Argonauts, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015. Since 2005, she has been on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.
Daniel Tiffany is the author of a chapbook and nine slim volumes of poetry and literary theory, including My Silver Planet: A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Neptune Park (Omnidawn), which landed on the Poetry Foundation’s list of “Staff Picks” for 2013. Earlier collections of poetry include Privado (Action Books) andThe Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press). His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, New American Writing, jubilat, Verse, Lana Turner, and other journals. Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille’s pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda. He has been awarded the Chicago Review Poetry Prize, a Whiting Fellowship, and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy.