Gloria Fuertes was born in 1918 in Madrid, Spain, where she lived most of her life. She worked at various office jobs and as a librarian to support her writing. Fuertes was part of the first generation of Spanish poets to come into prominence after the Civil War. She published 15 books of poetry and 34 children's books before her death in 1998.
Brian Barker won The Editor's Prize from Tupelo Press for a first book of poems, and his book, The Animal Gospels, will be published by Tupelo in the spring of 2006. His poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Agni, Quarterly West, American Book Review, The Wrtier's Chronicle, The Indiana Review, Sou'wester, and Pleiades. He currently works as the Assistant Director of The Center for the Literary Arts at the University of Missouri and as managing editor of the journal Center.