A native Floridian and Navy junior, Gardner McFall is the author of two books of poems, The Pilot’s Daughter and Russian Tortoise, and two children’s books, Jonathan’s Cloud and Naming the Animals. She is also the author of Amelia: the Libretto, for the opera Amelia, which premiered at Seattle Opera in May 2010, with music by Daron Hagen and story by Stephen Wadsworth. She is the editor of Made with Words: a Prose Miscellany by May Swenson and the author of the introduction and notes for a Barnes & Noble classic edition of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. She has received a Discovery/The Nation award, the Missouri Review’s Thomas McAfee Prize for Poetry and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her recent poems have appeared in Southwest Review, River Styx, The New Republic, and The Sewanee Review. She lives in New York City.