Robert Kelly was born in Brooklyn on September 24, 1935. He attended CUNY and Columbia University, and since 1961 has taught at Bard College. Robert Kelly has authored more than 60 published volumes of fiction, poetry and prose-poems. His 1967 novel The Scorpions first brought him a cult readership. In 1980, his book Kill The Messenger won the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and in 1985, A Transparent Tree received the prestigious Academy-Institute Award from the American Institute of Arts and Letters. He has been poet-in-residence at Tufts University and at the California Institute of Technology. His fiction has been translated variously into Italian, German, and French.
Birgit Kempker was born in Wuppertal, Germany. She now lives in Basel, Switzerland, where she works as a poet, essayist, translator, novelist, dramatist, and performance artist. Recipient of many prizes and fellowships, she has published thirteen books, and has produced a dozen theatrical and radio plays.