Scott Cairns was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received his B.A. from Western Washington University, his M.A. from Hollins College, an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Cairns was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006. His work has appeared in magazines including Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Image, Spiritus and Tiferet. His poetry collections include "Compass of Affection: Poems New and Selected" and "Philokalia." His new collection, "Idiot Psalms," will be out in 2014.
Kimberly Johnson is a poet, translator, and literary critic. Her collections of poetry include Leviathan with a Hook, A Metaphorical God, and the forthcoming Uncommon Prayer. Her monograph on the poetic developments of post-Reformation poetry will be published in 2014. In 2009, Penguin Classics published her translation of Virgil's Georgics. Her poetry, translations, and scholarly essays have appeared widely in publications including The New Yorker, Slate, The Iowa Review, Milton Quarterly, and Modern Philology. Recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Johnson holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
Gina Franco was born and raised in Clifton-Morenci, Arizona. She earned degrees from Smith College and from Cornell University. She is the author of The Keepsake Storm (2004), which includes poems that explore an uneasy alliance between the vehemence of memory and the surrealism of narrative, especially in light of language, place, faith, and identity. Franco's work is anthologized in A Best of Fence: the First Nine Years, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, and The Other Latino: Writing Against a Singular Identity. She has served as contributing editor to Latino Poetry Review and acquiring art editor of Pilgrimage Magazine. Her honors include residencies and fellowships with Casa Libre en la Solana, the Santa Fe Writers' Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Franco is an Oblate with the monastic order of the Community of St John.