Alvin Greenberg is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and librettist. His novel, Time Lapse, was published in 2003 by Tupelo Press, and The University of Utah Press published his collection of personal essays, The Dog of Memory: A Family Album of Secrets and Silences, in 2002 . His most recent collection of short stories, How the Dead Live, appeared in 1998 from Graywolf Press; previous collections include The Man in the Cardboard Mask (Coffee House Press), Delta q (University of Missouri Press), and The Discovery of America (Louisiana State University Press). His books of poetry include Why We Live with Animals (Coffee House Press), Heavy Wings (Ohio Review Press), and In/Direction (David R. Godine). His most recent poetry collection is Passionate Travelogue: New and Collected Poetic Sequences. He has also collaborated on three operas with composer Eric Stokes, including Horspfal (premiered by the Minnesota Opera Company) and Apollonia’s Circus (premiered at the University of Minnesota, 1994). After teaching for thirty four years in the Macalester College English Department in St. Paul, Minnesota, he now lives in Boise, Idaho, where his wife, poet Janet Holmes, teaches in the MFA program at Boise State University.