Contemporary American poet, translator from Spanish, essayist and novelist Forrest Gander (1956) was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up in Virginia. With degrees in both Geology and English Literature, he is the A.K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A U.S. Artists Rockefeller Fellow, Gander has been recipient of grants from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, Witter Bynner and Whiting Foundations. His collection Core Samples from the World was an NBCC and Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry.