Tenney Nathanson teaches American poetry and, from time to time, creative writing in the English Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he currently directs the PhD program in literature. In 1996 he helped found the Tucson poetry and arts collective POG, which presents readings, workshops, and artists’ talks. In 2008 he co-founded Tucson’s Desert Rain Zen Group, affiliated with the Santa Fe based Open Source Zen project and part of the Pacific Zen School. His earlier books of poetry include Erased Art from Chax Press and Home on the Range (The Night Sky with Stars in My Mouth) from O Books. He has also published a study of Walt Whitman, Whitman’s Presence: Body, Voice, and Writing in Leaves of Grass, with New York University Press. He lives with his family in Tucson.