Richard Jackson

is the author of nine books of poems, most recently, Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004), Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland, 2003), and Heartwall (UMass, Juniper Prize 2000).  His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages including a Selected Poems in Slovene.  He was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia for his work with the Slovene based Peace and Sarajevo Committees of PEN International.  He has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, and two Witter Bynner fellowships, a Prairie Schooner Reader’s Choice Award, the Crazyhorse prize, and is the winner of five Pushcart Prizes.