Eric Trethewey was a professor of English at Hollins University. He wrote five collections of poems: Dreaming of Rivers, Evening Knowledge, The Long Road Home, Songs and Lamentations, and Heart’s Hornbook. Evening Knowledge was a winner in the 1990 Virginia Prize for Poetry. His literary scholarship included articles on various writers, including Matthew Arnold and Joseph Conrad. His poems, stories, essays, and reviews appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The New Republic, The Southern Review, and Canadian Literature. The Home Waltz, a screenplay, won the Virginia Governor’s Screenplay Competition.