Douglas Kearney has published seven books, including Sho, just out from Wave Books, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). M. NourbeSe Philip calls Kearney’s collection of libretti, Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito, 2016), “a seismic, polyphonic mash-up that disturbs the tongue.” Kearney’s Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. Kearney teaches Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the most recent The Sky Contains the Plans (Wave Books, 2020) and The Others (Wave Books, 2017), which was the winner of the 2017 Believer Book Award. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.