Joan Retallack is a poet and essayist: author of *The Poethical Wager* (Berkeley: UC Press, 2004); coeditor, with Juliana Spahr, *Poetry and Pedagogy* (Palgrave, 2006). She has published numerous other volumes – of poetry, and essays on modernist and contemporary poetics. Retallack is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor Emerita of Humanities at Bard where she taught in Languages and Literature and was core faculty in Written Arts. An IWT Associate since 1984, she directed the Bard Language and Thinking Program for ten years, 2000 – 2009. New work is forthcoming from Litmus Press, fall 2017, and spring 2018.