Ellen Bryant Voigt grew up in Virginia, lives in Vermont, and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She has published eight volumes of poetry, including Kyrie (W.W. Norton, 1995), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Shadow of Heaven (W.W. Norton, 2002), a National Book Award finalist; Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (W.W.Norton, 2007), winner of The Poets’ Prize and a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer. Her new collection of poems, Headwaters, appeared in October 2013, and her essays on craft have been published as The Flexible Lyric (University of Georgia Press, 1999) and The Art of Syntax (Graywolf, 2009). A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a former Vermont State Poet, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the O.B. Hardison, Jr. Prize, for poetry and teaching, from the Folger Shakespeare Library; and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, where she was subsequently elected a Chancellor.