Cole Swensen is the author of 17 books of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan, 2011). Her work has been awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize, the S.F. State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series, and has been a finalist twice for the L.A. Times Book Award and once for the National Book Award. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she co-edited the Norton anthology American Hybrid and is the founding editor of La Presse. She has translated over twenty books of French poetry, creative non-fiction, and art criticism, including Jean Frémon’s Island of the Dead, which won the PEN USA Award in Translation. She divides her time between Paris and Providence R.I., where she teaches at Brown University.