Andrew Delbanco serves as the Director of American Studies at Columbia University. He was named by Time Magazine as America’s Best Social Critic in 2001 and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of Melville: His World and Work (2005), which won the Lionel Trilling Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in biography. His other books and essays range in topic from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education.
Anne Winters is a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her interests lie mainly in poetry, and she teaches poetry workshops in the Writers Program as well as an American Poetry course. She has additionally taught on the configuration of the city in international Modernist art, film, and literature and on the Bible as literature. Her work includes The Key to the City (Chicago), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Prize, and Salamander: Selected Poetry of Robert Marteau (Princeton), which won Poetry Magazine’s Jacob Gladstein Translation Award.