Laura Kasischke has published ten collections of poetry and eleven novels and other works of fiction. She has been the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, the Rilke Award, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has been translated and anthologized widely, and three of her novels have been made into feature-length films. She teaches in the Helen Zell Writing Program, the Residential College, and the English Department at the University of Michigan, where she is the Theodore Roethke Distinguished University Professor. She was a faculty member at the first Bear River Writers' Conference, and has remained devoted to it ever since.