Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, most recently Selfish (2015), Everyday People (2012), and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972–2007 (2007), all from Graywolf Press. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.
Mary Clearman Blew’s most recent books are This Is Not the Ivy League: A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press) and a novel, Jackalope Dreams (Flyover Fiction), both published in 2011. Two fiction collections, Lambing Out and Other Stories (2001) and Runaway (1990), won Pacific Northwest Booksellers awards, as did her memoir All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family (1991). The winner of a Western Heritage Award and the Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, Blew is a professor of English at the University of Idaho.
Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.
Linda Pastan’s fourteenth book of poems, Insomnia, will be published by W. W. Norton in the fall of 2015. Recent poems have appeared in the Paris Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and the Gettysburg Review. Her books have twice been finalists for the National Book Award, and in 2003 she won the Ruth Lily Prize for lifetime achievement. She was poet laureate of Maryland from 1991 to 1995.