Richard McCann is the author of Dream of the Travelerand Nights of 1990, and the co-editor (with Margaret Gibson) of Landscape and Distance: Contemporary Poets from Virginia. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation,and Esquire, and in numerous anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories, Poets for Life: 76 Poets Respond to AIDS,and In the Company of My Solitude:American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. He is the editor (with Michael Klein) of Things Shaped in Passing: More 'Poets For Life' Writing From the Aids Pandemic. He studied at Hollins College, where he earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and Modern Literature, and at the University of Iowa, where he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies. He has lived in Germany and Sweden, where he was the Fulbright Lecturer at Goteborgs University, and he has served as the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington. His numerous awards include an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he co-directs the graduate program in creative writing at American University.