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H. L. HIX was born in Oklahoma, USA. He earned a Ph.D. (in philosophy) from the University of Texas before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, where he now teaches. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai University, been the “Distinguished Visitor” at the NEO MFA, and taught in the low-residency MFA at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His recent books include a collection of selected poems entitled First Fire, Then Birds.  His poetry, essays, and other works have been published in McSweeney’sGeorgia ReviewHarvard ReviewBoston ReviewPoetry, and other journals, been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award, and been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.