David Bottoms’s first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, was chosen by Robert Penn Warren as winner of the 1979 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. He is the author of six other books of poetry and two novels. Among his many other awards are The Levinson Prize and The Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, an Ingram Merrill Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has been the Richard Hugo Poet-in-Residence at the University of Montana and the Ferrol Sams Distinguished Writer at Mercer University. He lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta, where he holds the Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University. He is the founding co-editor of Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, and he serves as the Poet Laureate of Georgia.