Bruce Weigl was born on January 27, 1949, in Lorain, Ohio. Weigl’s first full-length collection of poems, A Romance, was published in 1979. He is now the author of thirteen poetry collections, and the best-selling memoir The Circle of Hanh. Weigl is past President of the Associated Writing Programs, and has been Chairperson of the Judging panel in Poetry for the National Book Award. Weigl has received many literary awards, including the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Paterson Poetry Prize, Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation, and two Pushcart Prizes. In 2006, he was the single recipient in poetry for the Lannan Literary Award for outstanding contributions to literature, and in 2011 he won the Robert Creeley Award. Having fought in the American War in Vietnam (Quang Tri, 1967-1968), Bruce Weigl has been working to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation between Vietnam and the US – via literature and cultural exchanges for over twenty years. He is the co-translator of four Vietnamese-English poetry collections and has received a Medal for Significant Contributions from the Vietnam Union of Literature and Arts Associations and the Vietnam Writers Association, who acknowledge his efforts and success in the promotion of Vietnamese literature to the world. Weigl’s most recent poetry collection is The Abundance of Nothing, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for 2013.