Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her eleventh book of poetry is Break the Glass, just out from Copper Canyon Press. Her previous collection, Little Boat, was published by Wesleyan in 2007. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 – 2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.
VCU Professor Kathleen Graber is the author of two volumes of poetry. The Eternal City was published by Princeton University Press in 2010 and is a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry.
Her first book, Correspondence, was published by Saturnalia Books in 2006. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and AGNI.
Graber is the recipient of fellowships from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2003, 2009) and The Rona Jaffe Foundation. She was a Hodder Fellow in poetry at Princeton University in 2007 and an Amy Lowell Travelling Scholar in 2008. Graber teaches in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University.