Nick Norwood’s previous collections are The Soft Blare, A Palace for the Heart, and Gravel and Hawk—winner of the Hollis Summers Prize in Poetry—as well as the limited edition books Text and Wrestle produced in collaboration with the artist and master printer Erika Adams. His poems have appeared widely in such places as The Paris Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, Southwestern American Literature, Shenandoah, Poetry Daily, New Ohio Review, Five Points, The Oxford American, The Greensboro Review, U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated column American Life in Poetry, on the PBS NewsHour site Art Beat, on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac, and elsewhere. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, an International Merit Award in Poetry from Atlanta Review, a residency at the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming, both a Tennessee Williams Scholarship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He has also published a number of essays, reviews, book chapters, and critical studies of poetry. He teaches creative writing at Columbus State University and directs the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Georgia, and Nyack, New York.