Peter Gizzi is the author of several poetry collections, including Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, and most recently, In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987–2011. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets, and artist grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Howard Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has served as the poetry editor for The Nation and as founding editor of o·ble¯k: a journal of language arts. In 2011 and again in 2015–16 he was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.