WILLIAM OLSEN is the author of four collections of poetry, The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers (Illinois, 1988), Vision of a Storm Cloud (Triquarterly, 1996), Trouble Lights (Triquarterly, 2002), and Avenue of Vanishing (Triquarterly, 2007). The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers was reissued in 2003 as part of the Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series. He is co-editor, with Sharon Bryan, of Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life (Sarabande, 2003). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Nation/Discovery Award, The Texas Institute of Arts Award, a Breadloaf Fellowship, and poetry awards from Poetry Northwest and Crazyhorse. He teaches at Western Michigan University and is Editor of New Issues Press.