Lera Auerbach is a poet, visual artist, composer, and concert pianist. Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, she defected to the U.S. at the age of seventeen, and began studying in New York. She holds degrees in composition from Juilliard and a piano degree from Hanover University in Germany. She has composed numerous works for opera, ballet, and orchestra that have been performed throughout the world, including recent performances at New York's Lincoln Center, Washington's Kennedy Center, and the San Francisco Ballet. Her first English-language poetry collection, Excess of Being, was published in 2015.
Marilyn Nelson is a three-time National Book Award Finalist, has won a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor and several Coretta Scott King Honors, and has received several prestigious poetry awards, including the Poets' Prize and the Robert Frost Medal. She has recently been a judge of poetry applicants at the National Endowment for the Arts and Yaddo, and has received three honorary doctorates.
Paul Hoppe was born in Poland, raised in Germany, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as an illustrator. He has written and/or illustrated twelve children's books, and his illustrations have appeared in many journals, including the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and creates his artwork in a studio at the historic Pencil Factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.