Christopher Buckley is chair of the creative writing department at the University of California, Riverside. His ninth book of poems, Fall from Grace, was published in 1998. For his poetry he has received a NEA grant, a Fulbright award to Yugoslavia, four Pushcart Prizes, and two Gertrude B. Claytor Awards from the Poetry Society of America. He is the editor of On the Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger to Nothing, and has published a nonfiction book, Cruising State: Growing Up in Southern California. With Christopher Merrill, he edited What Will Suffice: Contemporary American Poets on the Art of Poetry. He lives in Lompoc with his wife, artist Nadya Brown.