Ron Silliman was born in Pasco, Washington, in 1946. He has written and edited over 30 books, including, most recently, Wharf Hypothesis (Lines Press, 2011). His poetry and criticism have been translated into 12 languages. He was a Kelly Writers House Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and the recipient of the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation in 2010. He has taught at the Graduate Writing Program at San Francisco State University, the University of California at San Diego, New College of California, Naropa University, and Brown University. Silliman’s Blog reached its tenth anniversary at the end of August and has had over three and a half million visitors during that time. He currently lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Robert Fitterman is the author of 12 books of poetry. Born in 1959 in a small suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, called Creve Coeur, he has lived in New York City since 1981. He is the author of the long poem Metropolis, which has been published in four volumes. Other titles include Holocaust Museum (Veer Books, 2011); now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010); Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009); and Notes on Conceptualisms, coauthored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies.