Zhang Er was born in Beijing, China, and moved to the United States in 1986. Collections of her work in Chinese include Seen, Unseen, published by QingHai Publishing House of China in 1999, and Water Words, published by New World Poetry Press in 2002. She has published the chapbooks in English translation Winter Garden (Goats and Compasses), Verses on Bird (Jensen/Daniels), The Autumn of Gu Yao (Spuyten Duyvil), Cross River, Pick Lotus (Belladonna Books), and Carved Water (Tinfish Press). She teaches at Evergreen State College, Washington.
Bob Holman's eighth book is A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, a collaboration with Chuck Close (Art of this Century/Pace Editions). He was a founder of Mouth Almighty/Mercury Records, the first major label devoted to poetry, and created The United States of Poetry for PBS. He is Chief Curator of the People's Poetry Gathering, Poetry Guide at About.com, and Proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club (bowerypoetry.com). He was recently appointed Visiting Professor of Writing at Columbia University, and received the 2003 Barnes & Noble "Writers for Writers" Award.