David Wagoner has published nineteen books of poems—most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)—and ten novels, including The Escape Artist (1965), which Francis Ford Coppola made into a movie in 1982. Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and many other honors, he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years, edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002, and is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop.
In the Suicide Seat: Reading John Hawkes’s Travesty
Charles Baxter is the author of twelve books of fiction and a book of poetry, Imaginary Paintings (Paris Review Editions, 1989). His new novel, The Sun Collective, will be published by Pantheon in the fall of 2020. He recently retired from the University of Minnesota’s MFA program in writing. He lives in Minneapolis.