Julia Bloch holds a B.A. in political philosophy from Carleton College, an M.F.A. in poetry from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. For two years, she taught literature and teaching methods at the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching program in Delano, California. She now directs the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she teaches literature and creative writing. She is the author of two books of poetry, Letters to Kelly Clarkson and Valley Fever, and has published essays and book reviews in Journal of Modern Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Tripwire, and elsewhere. Her critical book project, “Lyric after Epic: Gender and the Postwar Long Poem,” investigates gender, genre, and the politics of speaking in the American long poem.