Chard deNiord earned a BA in religious studies from Lynchburg College, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. DeNiord has been a Poetry Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Allan Collins Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and his poems have been included in the anthologies Pushcart Prize XXII (1998), Best American Poetry (1999), Best of the Prose Poem (2000), American Religious Poems (2006), and American Poetry Now (2007). A teacher at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, deNiord lives in Putney, Vermont. In late 2015, he was named poet laureate of Vermont. Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/chard-deniord

Chard was introduced by 2001–2015 Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Lea founded the New England Review in 1977 and was editor until 1989. He has taught at Yale University, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and Wesleyan University. A recipient of a Fulbright Award and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation, Lea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Pursuit of a Wound. He lives in Vermont, where he was named the state’s 2011 Poet Laureate. Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/sydney-lea