Laura Mullen, the author of eight books, is the McElveen Professor of English at LSU. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. Her work has been widely anthologized, and she is the librettist for Nathan Davis’ a Sound Uttered, a Silence crossed (for choir and percussion) which was commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Recent work has appeared in The Nation, Conjunctions, Interim, and Lana Turner. She is the 2017-2018 Arons poet at Tulane and affiliate faculty at Stetson University for 2018. She has recently published a collaboration with photographer John David O’Brien, and her translation of Veronique Pittolo's Hero is forthcoming from Black Square Press.