Gray Jacobik earned her Ph.D. in American and British Literature from Brandeis University under the tutelage of Allan Grossman. She holds the rank of University Professor Emerita after having taught literature at Eastern Connecticut State University. A widely-published and anthologized poet, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Jacobik’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry 1997 & 1999, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ontario Review , The Georgia Review, Connecticut Review and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is the 1997 winner of The Yeats Prize given by The Yeats Society of New York, and of The Emily Dickinson Prize sponsored by Universities West Press. Her book, The Double Task, University of Massachusetts Press (1998), received The Juniper Prize (selected by James Tate) and was nominated for The James Laughlin Award and The Poet’s Prize. The Surface of Last Scattering, published by Texas Review Press (1999) was chosen by X. J. Kennedy as the winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Brave Disguises received the AWP Poetry Series Award for 2001 and is published by the University of Pittsburgh Press (2002). She served as the Robert Frost Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place, Summer 2002. A memoir-in-verse, Little Boy Blue, was published in 2011 by CavanKerry Press, and most recently, Gray has been honored by receiving the William Meredith Award for Poetry for a collection entitled The Banquet: New and Selected Poems. She is a painter as well as a poet, working in oils, acrylic and encaustic, and is represented by Maple & Main Gallery in Chester, Connecticut, and GalleryOne. Gray invites anyone who’s interested in learning more about her work as a visual artist to visit her artist website. She lives with her husband, Bruce Gregory, in Deep River, Connecticut.