Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of prose and poetry, most recently Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, a collection part cultural close reading and part dicey autobiography. It was named Book of the Year by Jonathan Lethem for BOMB, by Garth Greenwell for Publishers Weekly, by Neel Mukherjee for The New Statesman, and by Sara Jaffe in The Portland Mercury. Blanchfield is the recipient of a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, the 2014 Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award (for his second book, A Several World), and a 2015 Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University. He teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Idaho and the Bennington College Writing Seminars. He and his partner, the poet John Myers, make their home in Moscow, Idaho.