Ronald Wallace received his BA from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1967 and his PhD in English from the University of Michigan in 1971. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin from 1972 to the present, and is currently Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry and Halls-Bascom Professor of English. He co-directs the program in creative writing, and serves as poetry editor for the University of Wisconsin Press’s Brittingham and Pollak series. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, including LONG FOR THIS WORLD: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Pittsburgh 2003), THE USES OF ADVERSITY (Pittsburgh, 1998). TIME’S FANCY (Pittsburgh, 1994), QUICK BRIGHT THINGS (Mid-List Press, 2000). and GOD BE WITH THE CLOWN: HUMOR IN AMERICAN POETRY (Missouri, 1985).