Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter. His co-authored multi-genre tome, Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo, 2016), won the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the National Indie Excellence Award, and others, and has received enthusiastic reviews in publications ranging from Foreword to The Chicago Tribune. His recent collection, The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat, was selected in the SFASU Press Prize contest. Acclaim for his earlier books includes the Bordighera Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday (CUNY); the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch; and other honors. Massimilla has recent work in AGNI, American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, The Literary Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Provincetown Arts, Quarterly West, The Southern Poetry Review, Tampa Review, Verse Daily, and many other journals and anthologies He holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches at Columbia University and the New School. You can find out more about Massimilla and his work at