James Crews lives on part of an organic farm with his husband in Shaftsbury, Vermont. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Prize, 2011) and Telling My Father (Cowles Prize, 2017). His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among dozens of other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was an Othmer Fellow and worked for Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column. Crews also recently edited the anthology, Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, and will be discussing the power and necessity of poems that highlight intimacy at a time of great discord in our country’s history.