Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander (1956– ) was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up, for the most part, in Virginia. Trenchant periods of his life were spent in San Francisco, Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico), and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With degrees in both geology and English literature, Gander is the author of numerous books of poetry, translation, fiction, and essays. He’s the A. K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A US Artists Rockefeller fellow, Gander has been the recipient of grants from the NEA, Guggenheim, Howard, Witter Bynner, and Whiting foundations. His 2011 collection Core Samples from the World was a National Book Critics Circle and Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry, and his 2018 collection Be With won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and was long-listed for the National Book Award.