Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections prompted by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (WWN, 2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. As part of her service to the CUNY community, she initiated a Chapbook Festival that became an annual event co-sponsored by major literary organizations. Since then, she has added chapbooks to her publication list: Ragged Evidence, A Field Guide to the Intractable, Boxes with Respect, The Cryptic Chamber, and Resplendent Slug. In 2017, she and Tamiko Beyer collaborated on the chapbook Dovetail. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.Y. Foundation for the Arts. She has taught in graduate programs at the University of Houston and New York University, and is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York.
Donna Masini was born in Brooklyn and has lived in New York City all her life. Her books include Turning to Fiction (Norton, 2004), That Kind of Danger (Beacon Press, 1994), in which “Giants in the Earth” first appeared, and the novel About Yvonne (Norton, 1998). Her work has appeared in Poetry, Open City, Paris Review, APR, Parnassus, Ploughshares and the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry 2015 anthologies, among other places. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship and a NYFA Grant, she is a Professor of English at Hunter College, where she teaches in the MFA creative writing program. Currently she is at work on a new book of poems, 4:30 Movie, and has recently completed a novel, The Good Enough Mother.