Competition: US & Canada
Forrest Gander has degrees in geology and literature. His recent books include the novel As a Friend, the book of poems Eye Against Eye, and the translation Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho, all from New Directions. His book of essays, Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory, & Transcendence, focusing on science, translation, and poetry, was published in 2005. With Kent Johnson, Mr. Gander has translated Immanent Visitor: The Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz, a PEN Translation Award Finalist, and The Night: A Poem by Jaime Saenz. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the Howard and Whiting foundations, Mr. Gander has authored critical essays for numerous journals, including The Nation, Boston Review, and The Providence Journal. He is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University in Rhode Island.