Ted Kooser is one of Nebraska's most highly regarded poets and served as the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. A professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is the author of a number of collections of poetry, including Delights and Shadows(Copper Canyon Press, 2004) and Weather Central(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994). His first book of prose, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps(University of Nebraska Press, 2002), won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003 and Third Place in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award in Nonfiction for 2002. Over the years, his works have appeared in many periodicals includingThe Atlantic MonthlyPoetryThe Hudson ReviewThe Georgia ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewPrairie Schooner, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Kooser's poems are included in textbooks and anthologies used in both secondary schools and college classrooms across the country. He has received two NEA fellowships in poetry, the Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize, The James Boatwright Prize, and the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Judith Kitchen is the author of a collection of poems and two collections of personal essays, most recently Distance and Direction (Coffee House Press). Her novel, The House on Eccles Road, was awarded the S. Mariella Gable Award from Graywolf Press in 2001. She has edited three anthologies of short nonfiction for W. W. Norton -- In ShortIn Brief, and Short Takes. Her awards include an NEA fellowship in poetry, a Pushcart Prize for nonfiction, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and the Lillian Fairchild Award. For twenty years, she lived in upstate New York where she served as editor of State Street Press. She currently lives in Port Townsend, WA, and is co-director of the Rainier Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the regular reviewer of poetry for The Georgia Review where she serves as an Advisory and Contributing Editor.