Edward Kissam: Edward Kissam, born in Florida in 1943, spent his formative years in Mexico. He studied at Princeton and at Magdalen College, Oxford, before returning to graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His collections of poems are The Sham Flyers (1969) and Jerusalem and The People (1972). He is currently a Senior Principal at JBS International where he works on a wide range of applied research issues related to education in developing countries, Mexico-US immigration and immigrants’ social and civic integration into U.S. society. He is the author (with David Griffith) of Working Poor: Farmworkers in the United States.
Michael Schmidt: Michael Schmidt was born in Mexico in 1947. He studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford. He is Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University, where he is convenor of the Creative Writing Programme. He is a founder (1969) and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited, and a founder (1972) and general editor of the poetry magazine PN Review. An anthologist, translator, critic and literary historian, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and received an OBE in 2006 for services to poetry. His Collected Poems appeared in 2009. He has published two critical-biographical studies, Lives of the Poets (1998) and Lives of the Ancient Poets: The Greeks (2004).