James Reidel has published poems in many journals and is the author of two collections of verse. He is also the biographer of the poet Weldon Kees and is currently compiling and annotating Kees’ lost diaries and unpublished poems. Examples of the latter were recently published in Beatdom, Evergreen Review, and The Abandoned Playground. His latest book, Manon’s World (Seagull Books, 2021), is about the life and death of Manon Gropius, the “angel” of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and the revenant muse of Franz Werfel in more than one of his novels.