Peter Gizzi, born in 1959 in Alma, Michigan, is a poet, essayist, editor and teacher. He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island, and The University of California, Santa Cruz. Since 2001, he has been a professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. For several years, he was poetry editor of The Nation; he is also on the contributing editorial board to the journal Conjunctions. In 2011, he was Poet-in-Residence in the English Faculty of the University of Cambridge. His most recent publications are: In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987 –2011 (Wesleyan, 2014) and Archeophonics (Wesleyan, 2016), which was a finalist for the National Book Award.