Gail Mazur is the author of 6 books of poems, including Zeppo's First Wife (2005), winner of the Massachusetts Book Prize, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; They Cant Take That Away from Me (2001), finalist for the National Book Award; and in 2011, Figures in a Landscape, all published with University of Chicago Press. Her 7th collection, Forbidden City (Chicago), is forthcoming. She founded the Blacksmith House Poetry Series and was director of the series for many years. Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Emerson College MFA program, she has been visiting faculty in the graduate programs of the University of Houston and University of California at Irvine. Mazur was a fellow in poetry at the Radcliffe Institute 2008-09 and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown where she also teaches in the summer program.