Paul Mariani, a Professor of English at Boston College, has published over 200 essays and reviews and is the author of sixteen books, including five biographies and six volumes of poetry: Timing Devices, Crossing Cocytus, Prime Mover, Salvage Operations: New and Selected, The Great Wheel, and Death & Transfigurations: Poems. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In 2009 he received the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. He has lectured and read from his own work across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also served as poetry editor of America: The Jesuit Weekly from 2000-2006. His poems, which have been widely anthologized, have appeared in, among other journals and quarterlies, Image, Poetry, America, Doubletake, The Kenyon Review, The Agni Review, New England Review, The Hudson Review, Sundog, Tri-Quarterly, The New Criterion, Tampa Review, Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Pleiades, Crazy Horse, Boston College Magazine, and The North Dakota Quarterly.