Elizabeth Robinson has been a recipient of the Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend, and the National Poetry Series for Pure Descent. She was awarded a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award in 2008.
Her most recent books are The Orphan & its Relations (Fence) and Also Known As (Apogee). Three Novels, a poetry collection, will be published by Omnidawn in 2011. Robinson co-edits EtherDome Chapbooks with Colleen Lookingbill and Instance Press with Beth Anderson and Laura Sims.
John Yau is both a highly esteemed poet and art critic. His parents settled in Boston after emigrating from China in 1949. Yau's most recent books are Exhibits (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P., 2009), and The Passionate Spectator: Essays on Art and Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2006).
His many collections of poetry include Paradiso Diaspora (Penguin, 2006), Ing Grish, with paintings by Thomas Nozkowski (Saturnalia, 2005), Borrowed Love Poems (Penguin), and Corpse and Mirror (Holt & Rinehardt, 1983).
His books of art criticism include The United States of Jasper Johns (1996) and In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (1993). He currently teaches art criticism at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Writers at Sonoma is funded by Sonoma State University's Instructionally Related Activities and the Nadenia Newkirk Fund for Writers.