BARBARA HAMBY, Distinguished University Scholar, MA, Florida State University (1981), specializes in poetry and fiction. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently All-Night Lingo Tango (2009) and Babel (2004). Her book of linked stories, Lester Higata's 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award/John Simmons Award and was published by the University of Iowa Press. She also co-edited an anthology of poetry, Seriously Funny, with her husband David Kirby. She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2000, 2009 and 2010.