Michael S. Harper, one of the most influential and important poets of his generation, is here; his first volume, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1970. Allison Hedge Coke, of mixed Wendat/Huron/Metis/Tsalagi/ Creek/French Canadian/Portuguese/Irish/Scot/English ancestry, begins to represent the new United States, one of fusion and variety; her first collection, Dog Road Woman, won the 1988 American Book Award, and she lives here, too, as do Nicholas Samaras and Sean Singer; Nick, the son of a prominent Greek Orthodox priest, won the prestigious first book prize, The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, in 1991; Sean, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, won the Yale in 2001. Timothy Liu was born to parents from the Chinese mainland, and his Vox Angelica (1992) won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Through his own honest and often angry poetry, as well as via the indispensible volume he edited, Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry (Talisman House, 2000), Liu has helped to give voice to gay America, as has Michael Klein through his poetry and other work, such as his memoir, The End of Being Known (U of Wisconsin P, 2003; paperback 2009). And on and on: poets, prose writers, editors, teachers, good neighbors and gracious hosts.