Born in West Texas, Vievee Francis earned a B.A. from Fisk University and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Todd Hearon earned a B.A. in English from Baylor University before going on to earn an M.A. in Irish studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in editorial studies from Boston University. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, in the former Soviet Union, and arrived in the United States as a teenager when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He earned a B.A. in political science from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. He currently holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chad Bennett earned a B.A. in English from Stanford University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. He serves as associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lisa Russ Spaar
Lisa Russ Spaar serves as Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Spaar is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry. She was short-listed for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing. She was a 2016 finalist for Baylor’s Cherry Teaching Award and gave the “Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry” at the 2018 Baylor Poetry Festival. She is the inaugural Beall Visiting Poet.