Sam Hamill was a poet, editor, translator, and essayist. He was the author of more than thirty books including two from BOA Editions: Gratitude (1998), and Dumb Luck (2002). He was the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including ones from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, two Washington Governor’s Arts Awards, the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing, and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award for poetry. He co-founded Copper Canyon Press and worked extensively in prisons and with battered women and children. Hamill passed away in April 2018.