|graphics by François Luong; Forrest Gander photo credit to Ashwini Bhat|
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Cole Swensen has published 19 volumes of poetry and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise. Her most recent book, Art in Time, which just came out from Nightboat, focuses on innovative landscape art. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and has been awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series. She has also translated over 20 volumes of poetry, prose, and art criticism from French and has won the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. www.coleswensen.com
Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert and lives in northern California. His books, often concerned with ecology, include Be With, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, the novel The Trace, and Twice Alive, just out (now!) from New Directions. Gander’s translations and co-translations include Alice Iris Red Horse by Gozo Yoshimasu, Spectacle & Pigsty by Kiwao Nomura, and Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems.
C. S. Giscombe’s poetry books are Prairie Style, Giscome Road, Here, etc.; his prose books are Into and Out of Dislocation, Border Towns, and Ohio Railroads (“a poem in essay form”). Recognitions include the Stephen Henderson Award, an American Book Award (for Prairie Style) and the Carl Sandburg Prize (for Giscome Road). Forthcoming poetry texts are Similarly (a “selected and new” volume) and Train Music (a collaboration with the painter Judith Margolis) both due in 2021. Other books are in progress. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a long-distance cyclist.