Jennifer Michael Hecht, Deborah Landau, Candace Williams
Jennifer Michael Hecht’s most recent poetry book is Who Said (Copper Canyon, 2013). Her first book of poetry, The Next Ancient World (Tupelo Press, 2001), won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book award; and Publisher’s Weekly called her second, Funny, “One of the most original and entertaining books of the year.” Hecht’s poetry appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review. She has a PhD in History from Columbia University and is the author of Doubt: A History (HarperOne, 2003), a history of religious and philosophical doubt, all over the world throughout time; and Stay (Yale, 2013), a history of suicide and the arguments against it. She is now writing “The Wonder Paradox,” on poetry and meaning in today’s world, for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (Spring 2018). She lives in Brooklyn.
Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently The Uses of the Body, a Lannan Literary Selection from Copper Canyon Press which was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and included on “Best of 2015” lists by The New Yorker, Vogue, BuzzFeed, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Best American Poetry. In 2016 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at NYU.
Candace Williams is the author of Spells for Black Wizards, winner of the TAR Chapbook Series and forthcoming from The Atlas Review in 2017. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, Sixth Finch, Bennington Review, Lambda Literary Review, and Copper Nickel, among other journals. She holds a BA from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and earned her MA in Elementary Education from Stanford University. She’s been awarded a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, Cave Canem scholarships, and a Best of the Net 2016 nomination. You can find her walking her pit bull down Nostrand Ave, watching too many episodes of Murder, She Wrote, and subtweeting the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (@teacherc).