Alan Shapiro is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently Reel to Reel. He is also the author of the memoirs The Last Happy Occasion and Vigil, and the novel Broadway Baby. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and he was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.