About the collaborator
Across five books, Joanna Klink’s work has been marked by emotional intensity, her poems driven by the desire to connect “the endless daily sorting of our lives” and the otherworldly. In poems responding to the Rothko Chapel and Turrell’s Roden Crater, and in her most recent book, The Nightfields, she explores the fragility of the self that accompanies vision. Her awards include the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, which allowed her to live in Rome in 2018. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the doctoral program in Humanities at Johns Hopkins, Klink taught for many years in Missoula, Montana. She was the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University and is currently teaching at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.