Joshua Weiner is the author of two books of poetry, The World’s Room and From the Book of Giants, and the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (all from Chicago). His new book of poems, The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish, will be published in spring 2013. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. This year he holds the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. His poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The American Scholar, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, Threepenny Review, Poetry, Washington Post, Slate, and elsewhere. He teaches at the University of Marylandand lives with his family in Washington DC.