Forrest Gander has degrees in geology and English literature. His recent books include the novel As a Friend, the book of poems Core Samples from the World, and the translation Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (PEN Translation Prize Finalist), all from New Directions. A United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, Gander is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA as well as the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations. His forthcoming titles include Watchword, a translation of Pura López Colomé's Villaurrutia Prize-winning poetry, and Spectacle & Pigsty, a co-translation of poems by Kiwao Nomura. Gander is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University.