Barbara Helfgott-Hyett has published five collections of poetry, most recently *Rift*. Her poems and essays have appeared in hundreds of journals and magazines, and she has been awarded numerous poetry prizes and national fellowships. She has taught English at Harvard, MIT, and Boston University, where she won the Sproat Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the director of PoemWorks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets, in Brookline, MA, and has taught for many years at BU, Harvard, Trinity, and MIT. Photo credit to Michelle DeBakey.