Stephen Kuusisto holds a University Professorship at Syracuse and is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light; Letters to Borges; Old Horse, What is to Be Done? and forthcoming Close Escapes: A Memoir in Verse. He travels and lectures widely on human rights, disability, literature, and the advantages of guide dogs and human-animal relationships.