Elizabeth Alexander is the author of Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (Graywolf Press, 2010),American Sublime (2005), Antebellum Dream Book (2001),Body of Life (1996), and The Venus Hottentot (1990). She has received the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation. She was President Barack Obama's first Inaugural Poet.
Frank Bidart is the author of numerous books of poetry including Metaphysical Dog (2013), nominated for the National book Award, In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (1990), Desire (1997), Music Like Dirt(2002), Star Dust (2005), Watching the Spring Festival(2008), and, most recentl,y Metaphysical Dog (2013). He co-edited Robert Lowell's Collected Poems (2003) with David Gewanter, and his chapbook, Music Like Dirt, is the only chapbook to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Since 1972, he has taught at Wellesley College.