Idris Anderson’s first collection of poems, Mrs. Ramsay’s Knee, was selected by Harold Bloom for the May Swenson Poetry Award 2008 and published by Utah State University Press. She has published poems in AGNI On-Line, Arts & Letters Prime, Crab Orchard Review, The Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Nation, Ontario Review, The Paris Review, Plume, Southern Review, ZYZZYVA and other journals. She has won a Pushcart Prize (2010) and a Pushcart Special Mention (2012). Anderson has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study lyric poetry with Helen Vendler at Harvard University and to study Virginia Woolf in London. She was born and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area almost two decades ago, when she was awarded an NEH Teacher-Scholar grant to study Greek and Greek tragedy at Stanford University, and she has made her home in the Bay Area ever since. She recently completed a residency at The MacDowell Colony.