Judith Vollmer's fifth book of poetry, The Water Books, is forthcoming from Autumn House Press, whose author list includes National Book Award, National Poetry Series, May Swenson Prize, Nicholas Roerich Prize, and Honickman Prize winners, as well as Guggenheim fellows and nationally known editors and translators. Her previous books include Reactor, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; The Door Open to the Fire (1997 Cleveland State Poetry Prize and 1999 Paterson Prize finalist); Black Butterfly (limited edition; 1997 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize); and Level Green, (The 1990 Brittingham Prize, Wisconsin). Vollmer's essay on Baudelaire, "The Stroll and Preparation for Departure" appears in the Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire (Cambridge University Press 2006). The recipient of literature fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Vollmer has been awarded residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, Centrum, and Blue Mountain Center. She also was the recipient of the 1992 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. Vollmer teaches poetry writing, world literature, and nature writing at Pitt Greensburg. She lives in Pittsburgh and co-edits the national poetry journal 5 AM.