Claire Bateman’s collections are Coronology (Etruscan, 2010); The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan, 1991); Friction (Eighth Mountain, 1998); At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998); Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003); and  Leap (New Issues, 2005). She has received the New Millennium Poetry Prize as well as grants and fellowships from the NEA, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation. The cover image for The Waterbird is a photographic reproduction of a painting called “The Holes in the Wind” by Claire Bateman, the poet herself. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.