Albert Goldbarth is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award, in 1991, for Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology, and, in 2001, for Saving Lives: Poems. He is the recipient of the Chad Walsh Memorial Award and the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award, for the poetry collection Popular Culture, and his work Jan. 31 was nominated for the National Book Award. He has also published three volumes of essays: A Sympathy of Souls, Great Topics of the World, and Dark Waves and Light Matter. A Lineage of Ragpickers, Songpluckers, Elegiasts & Jewelers: Selected Poems of Jewish Family Life, 1973-1995 was published by Time Being Books, in 1996.