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Shane McCrae is the author of several books of poetry, including In the Language of My Captor, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award; Sometimes I Never Suffered, which was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize; and his most recent collection, Cain Named the Animal. McCrae is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His book Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of a Kidnapping is forthcoming this summer. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Monica Youn is the author of From From, Blackacre, Ignatz, and Barter. She has been awarded the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, among other honors. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the PEN Open Book Award. She is a former constitutional lawyer and a member of the curatorial collective the Racial Imaginary Institute. She is an Associate Professor of English at UC Irvine and splits her time between Southern California and Brooklyn.