About Robert Hass
Robert Hass is a poet, essayist, and translator. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 2007, he was also twice awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, once in poetry and once in criticism. The recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant, he served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. An active environmentalist, he is on the board of directors of the International River and is cofounder of the national environmental education project, River of Words, in which thousands of American school children participate every year. His books, full of the life of northern California, include several volumes of poetry: Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, Time and Materials, The Apple Trees at Olema, and Summer Snow. He is also author of several collections of essays on poetry and culture, including Twentieth Century Pleasures; What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, which received a PEN award for special excellence in the art of the essay; and Now and Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns, 1996-2000, a collection of his weekly column for The Washington Post. He is cotranslator, with Czeslaw Milosz, of ten volumes of Milosz's poems, including The Collected Poems, Unattainable Earth, Provinces, Facing the River, and Road-side Dog. He has edited volumes of the work of the Swedish poet, Tomas Transtromer, Slovenian poet, Tomaz Salmun, and American poet, Robinson Jeffers. He has also published The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa.
About Forrest Gander
Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert, grew up in Virginia, and taught for many years at Brown University with his wife, poet CD Wright. Among Gander’s most recent books are Be With, awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize; the novel The Trace; and Eiko & Koma, a collaboration with the eponymous movement artists. Gander is also known as a translator whose recent works include Alice Iris Red Horse: Poems by Gozo Yoshimasu and, with Patricio Ferrari, The Galloping Hour: French Poems of Alejandra Pizarnik. He has a history of collaborating with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sally Mann, Graciela Iturbide, and Vic Chesnutt and is a recipient of grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting, and United States Artists Foundations.