Susan Bernofsky has translated 17 books, including ones by Hermann Hesse, Robert Walser, and Yoko Tawada. She received the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize, as well as numerous other awards and fellowships. She lives in New York City. Christopher Merrill has published four collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, winner of the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award. In April 2012 Merrill was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities He lives in Iowa City, IA.