Dean Young has published many notable books of poems, including Design with X, First Course in Turbulence, and Skid, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His more recent poetry books are Elegy for a Toy Piano, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Embryoyo, Primitive Mentor, and Fall Higher. He is also the author of the prose book The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he currently holds the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas. He lives in Austin.