Nick Flynn won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir in 2005 for his book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which has now been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber. His poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, on National Public Radio's This American Life, and in The New York Times Book Review. He teaches one semester a year in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and spends the rest of the year elsewhere.
Adam Zagajewski was born in 1945 in Lvov, Poland (now Ukraine). He graduated from the Iagelonian University in Krakow in 1970. In the seventies he joined the oppositional movement which protested the Communist regime. After gaining prominence as a poet, in 1988 he began to teach one semester a year at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. This fall he will leave to begin teaching at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
Four volumes of Zagajewski's poems have appeared in English - Tremor, Canvas, Mysticism for Beginners and Without End - as well as four collections of essays - Solidarity, Solitude, Two Cities, Another Beauty and A Defense of Ardor.