Shane McCrae’s most recent books are In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), and his poems have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review,Gulf Coast, Pinwheel, DREGINALD and elsewhere. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the NEA and a Pushcart Prize. He is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College and a faculty member at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016). Her previous book Ignatz was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, and she has received fellowships from the Stanford University, the Library of Congress, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation—Bellagio, Yaddo and MacDowell. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review and The Best American Poetry, among other publications. She currently teaches at Princeton University and in the Sarah Lawrence and Warren Wilson MFA programs. A former lawyer, she lives in New York.