Kathleen Graber was a New Jersey middle-school English teacher when Student Day at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival inspired her, at age 35, to take up a life in poetry. 

Her third collection of poetry, The River Twice, is recently out from Princeton University Press. She is also the author of Correspondence and The Eternal City, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Graber’s poems have appeared in The New YorkerThe New RepublicAmerican Poetry Review, The Georgia ReviewThe Kenyon Review, and AGNI, among other magazines. She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and a regular member of the Conference faculty.