Calvin Bedient is a poet, critic, and editor. His second book of criticism, Eight Contemporary Poets, published by Oxford University, was a finalist for The National Book Award. He has since published books on Robert Penn Warren’s late poetry (In the Heart’s Last Kingdom, Harvard University Press), The Waste Land (He Do the Police in Different Voices, University of Chicago Press), and W. B. Yeats and Jack Yeats (The Yeats Brothers, University of Notre Dame Press). He has reviewed regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and The New Republic, and his essays and reviews have appeared in Salmagundi, The Boston Review, The Partisan Review, The Hudson Review, and Art in America. He was a founding editor of the New California Poetry Series, which was published by The University of California Press, and is currently an editor of Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. In all, he has published four books of poetry: Candy Necklace (Wesleyan University Press), The Violence of the Morning (University of Georgia Press), Days of Unwilling (Saturnalia Books), and The Multiple (Omnidawn Publishing). His teaching experience includes visiting instructorships at Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Retired from the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, he currently lives in Santa Monica, California.