Sarah Vap is an American writer and the author of seven books of poetry, poetics, and nonfiction. Her most recent book, Winter: Effulgences and Devotions, will be published by Noemi Press in September of 2019. Her collection Viability (Penguin, 2016), was selected for the National Poetry Series; her book American Spikenard was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize; her book Dummy Fire was selected for the Saturnalia Poetry Prize. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, several research fellowships, and was recently the Distinguished Hugo Visiting Writer at the University of Montana. She received her BA from Brown University, her MFA from Arizona State University, and her PhD from the University of Southern California. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Experimental Writing. She teaches in the MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University. Vap was raised in Missoula, Montana.
MARTHA RHODES is the author of five collections of poetry: At the Gate (1995), Perfect Disappearance (2000, Green Rose Prize), Mother Quiet (2004), The Beds (2012) and The Thin Wall (2017).Her poems have been published widely in such journals as Agni, Columbia, Fence, New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has also been anthologized widely, her work appearing in Agni 30 Years, Askold Melnyczuk editor, Appetite: Food as Metaphor, Phyllis Stowell and Jeanne Foster, eds. BOA Editions, Ltd. Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, Susan Aizenberg and Erin Belieu, eds., Columbia University Press, 2001, New York. The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, Michael Collier, ed,. University Press of New England, 2000, Hanover, NH. Last Call: Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance, Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner, eds., Sarabande Books, 1997, Louisville. The KGB Bar Book of Poetry, David Lehman and Star Black, eds. Harper Collins, 2000, New York, among others.