Paula Closson Buck is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa (1998) and Litanies Near Water (2008), both from Louisiana State University Press. She has published poems in such journals as Agni, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Review and has short stories forthcoming in Ploughshares and Southern Review. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has awarded her three Individual Artist Grants. She has completed a first novel called “The Temporary Widow’s Guide to Love, Berlin, and Islands in the Aegean” and is at work on a second novel set in Venice. In addition to teaching at Bucknell University as professor of English, for eleven years she edited West Branch, the nationally distributed literary magazine published out of Bucknell’s Stadler Center for Poetry. She is currently in Cyprus on a Fulbright Grant, working on a collaboration with two Cypriot visual artists.