Jeffrey Yang is the author of two books of poetry An Aquarium (Graywolf, 2008) and Vanishing-Line (2011). He is the translator of Liu Xiaobo's June Fourth Elegies (2012) and the editor of Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions. He is an editor at New Directions Publishing.
Holly Sears was born and raised in southwestern Virginia, and received a BFA and MFA in painting and lithography from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Sears moved to Brooklyn, NY in the early 1980’s where she continues to live and work. She creates highly realized naturalist paintings in which unnatural combinations of flora and fauna are introduced. Sears meticulously studies and examines her subjects and rearranges them into pointed, almost believable settings.