Michael McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. He has received a Lannan Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation, and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Choke (Traprock Books, 2006) and Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), which won the 2007 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He is also the co-translator (with Mikaela Grassl) of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer, 2010) and editor of To Build My Shadow a Fire: The Poetry and Translations of David Wevill (Truman State University Press, 2010). His most recent book is Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). He is the co-founder and co-editor of Tavern Books. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Slate, The Believer, and Poetry, among other publications.
Malena Mörling was born in Stockholm in 1965 and grew up in southern Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue, which won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize in 1998, and Astoria, published by Pittsburgh Press in 2006. She has translated poems by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, a selection of which appeared in the collection For the Living and the Dead, published by Ecco Press. Her poems have also appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Washington Post Book World, Double Take/Points of Entry, and Five Points. She was awarded The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 1999 and in 2004 the Lotos Club Foundation Prize. In 2007 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and in 2010 a Lannan Fellowship. She is currently working on a third book of poems and on editing Swedish Writers On Writing, an anthology that is part of The Writer’s World Series, forthcoming from Trinity University Press. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Core Faculty in The Low Residency MFA program at New England College.
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