Bringing together penetrating conversations between poets of different generations as they explore process and poetics, poetry's influence on other art forms, and the political and social aspects of their work, ""12 X 12"" restores poesis to the center of poetry. Christina Mengert and Joshua Marie Wilkinson have assembled an expansive and searching view of the world through the eyes of twenty-four of our most vital and engaging poets. Punctuated by poems from each contributor, ""12 X 12"" brings together an unparalleled range of poets and poetries, men and women from around the world, working poets for whom the form vitally matters.
Christina Mengert's As We Are Sung is forthcoming. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Web Conjunctions, the Denver Quarterly, Aufgabe, the New Review of Literature, and elsewhere. In 2004 she won the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award for Poetry and was selected for the Best New Poets 2006 anthology. She currently teaches writing and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in UCLA's Writers' Extension Program. Joshua Marie Wilkinson's Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk won the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2006. His poetry collections include Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth. He teaches at Loyola University Chicago.