Lisa Couturier is a writer, poet, and animal advocate. Her collection of essays, The Hopes of Snakes (2006), is described as “beautiful, intelligent, and literary.” Her collection of poems, Animals / Bodies (2014), “gets right to the beating heart of what it means to meet, to lose, or to be a living creature.” Couturier is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner for her essay “Dark Horse,” which also was nominated for the Grantham Prize for Environmental Writing. She is cited as a notable essayist in Best American Essays, 2004, 2006 and 2011. Among many other places, her prose has appeared in Orion, Isotope, National Geographic’s Heart of a Nation, The New York Zoological Society’s Wildlife Conservation, the American Nature Writing series, Minding Nature, and City Creatures. She lives with her family and six horses on the nationally acclaimed Agricultural Reserve in Maryland.
John Gery has published seven books of poetry, most recently, Have at You Now! (2014). His work has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada and has been translated into seven languages. Gery has also published criticism on poets ranging from John Ashbery to Marilyn Chin, as well as a critical book on the nuclear threat and American poetry. He has co-authored a guidebook to Ezra Pound’s Venice and a biography of Armenian poet Hmayeak Shems, has co-edited four books of poetry and criticism, and has worked as a collaborative translator from Serbian, Italian, Chinese, Armenian and French. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the University of Minnesota. A Research Professor of English at University of New Orleans and Director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy, he lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradovic, and their son Petar.