Marie-Claire Bancquart lives in Paris where she is professor emerita at the Paris-Sorbonne University. Her most recent book of poems, Mots de passe (Le Castor Astral, 2014), is the twenty eighth collection of poetry she has published over the course of her career. In addition to poetry, Bancquart has written a number of novels as well as critical books and essays on topics such as France and surrealism. The numerous prizes she has received include the Prix Supervielle, the Prix Max Jacob, the Grand Prix de la Ville de Lyon, the Grand Prix d’Automne de la Société des Gens de Lettres, and the Prix Robert Ganzo.
Christina Cook is the author of Lake Effect (Finishing Line Press, 2012), which received the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. Her most recent work has appeared in New Ohio Review, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Cimarron Review. Also an essayist, book critic, and translator, Christina teaches poetry at Colby-Sawyer College and works as a writer at the University of Pennsylvania.