TOMAS VENCLOVA was born in Vilnius in 1937. He is professor of Slavic languages and literatures and Yale, and has been visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley. His books include Forms of Hope.

“Poignant and eloquent work, merging literary criticism and moral insight. One believes that Mandelstam and Babel might have rejoiced in it.”—Harold Bloom

“Tomas Venclova belongs to a distinguished line of late-20th-century poets, one which includes Czeslaw Milosz, Joseph Brodsky, and Adam Zagajewski.”—Sven Birkerts, Harvard Review