Cassandra Cleghorn is a poet and teacher who received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1983 and her PhD in American Studies from Yale, 1995. She has been a Senior Lecturer in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, for over 20 years. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous notable journals including The Yale Review, The Paris Review, Tin House, and, most recently New Orleans Review and Poetry International. She received a poetry grant in 2000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Cleghorn is also a devoted musician, playing fiddle in the traditions of Ireland, New England and Quebec. She is currently at work on a book-length essay on the uses of wood as subject and matter in literature and art.