born in 1952, she is an American novelist, writer, poet, academic, and literary magazine editor. She is a Professor and Chair of the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University. With her husband, Paul Hoover, she edits the long – running literary journal, New American Writing. She is the author of six books of fiction and ten books of poetry, most recently The Turning (May 2008) and Among the Names (2005), both from Apogee Press. Both her novel, American Heaven, and her book of short stories, Some of Her Friends That Year, were finalists for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. With Paul Hoover, she has translated The Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin, which was published by Omnidawn Press in 2008, and won the 2009 PEN Translation Award.