Craig Watson is the author of eleven books and chapbooks. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals since 1982, including Abacus, Action Poetique, Chicago Review, Hambone, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, Origin, Paper Air, Shearsman, Sulfur, and This, among many others. His book Secret Histories (Burning Deck, 2007) completes a trilogy that includes Free Will (Roof Books, 2000) and True News (Instance Press, 2002). Among other considerations, these books traverse the languages and silences that by turn construct and erase history, even as its actual subjects struggle to endure. Watson received a R.I. State Council for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry in 2004 and a MacColl Johnson Fellowship from the R.I. Foundation in 2006. He has also been a marketing and public relations executive; a volunteer firefighter; a visiting professor of poetry and drama at Brown University, Wheaton College and other schools; a U.S. delegate to the International Theater Congress; a small press publisher; and a husband and father to three children.