Gillian Conoley was born in Austin Texas, where, on its rural outskirts, her father and mother owned and operated a radio station. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stranger, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award, and is widely anthologized, most recently in W.W. Norton’s new Postmodern American Poetry. A new collection, Peace, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in spring 2014. Her translations of three Henri Michaux texts, never brought into English before, will also appear next year, with City Lights. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she is Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University. You can read other recent poems of hers here and here.