Forrest Gander was born in Barstow, California, in 1956. He attended the College of William and Mary and received an M. A. from San Francisco State University. He holds degrees in Geology and Literature. Gander is the author of Torn Awake (New Directions, 2001), Science & Steepleflower (1998), Deeds of Utmost Kindness (1994), Lynchburg (1993), and Rush to the Lake (1988). He is the editor of Mouth to Mouth: 12 Contemporary Mexican Women Poets (1993), a bilingual anthology of contemporary Mexican poets, and the translator of Death of the Kiss: The Selected Poems of Pura López Colomé. He also co-translated The Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz. With poet C. D. Wright, he edits Lost Roads Publishers. His essays on poetry and poetics have appeared in many national magazines including The Nation and Boston Review. Among his honors and awards are a Whiting Award, two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Yaddo. Gander lives with C. D. Wright on a small orchard outside of Providence, Rhode Island, and he teaches at Providence College.
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