Michael Blumenthal, formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard and a 1974 graduate of the Cornell Law School, is the author, most recently, of the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers (Harper Collins, 2002), and of Dusty Angel (BOA Editions, 1999), his sixth book of poems. His novel Weinstock Among the Dying won Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribelow Prize for the best work of Jewish fiction in l994, and his collection of essays from Central Europe, When History Enters the House, was published in 1998. A frequent translator from the Germany (and, occasionally, French and Hungarian), he has lived in, and taught at universities in, Hungary, Israel, Germany and France, most frequently as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2004-2005, he held the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, and is now Darden Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at ODU for 2006-2007. He spends his summers in a small village near the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary, and occasionally teaches at the University of Western Michigan’s Summer Writing Program in Prague.