Ed Skoog is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Mister Skylight and Rough Day. He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow, the Jennie McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University, and writer-in-residence at the Hugo House. He has taught at the University of Montana, Wichita State University, and Tulane. He also received a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His most recent collection of poetry is Rough Day (Copper Canyon Press). Composed during long walks throughout Washington, DC, and careful to err on the side of recklessness, Rough Day finds its essential unity in a fixation on American events and landscapes—from Yellowstone and New Orleans to Kansas and the Pacific Northwest. Throughout, Skoog maintains an openness to discovery that unveils rare and prismatic views into his country.