Michael Swan works in English language teaching and applied linguistics. His poems are published widely, and have won prizes, including The Times Stephen Spender competition for his translated version of Rilke’s Orpheus, Eurydike, Hermes. His first collection was When They Come For You (Frogmore Press 2003) and his second The Shapes of Things (Oversteps Books 2011). He won the Poetry Society's 2010 Stanza Poetry Competition.
David Smith is a father of two, husband of one, and professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His influences include W. S. Gilbert, Ogden Nash, Tom Lehrer (also at UCSC, and the victim of an embarrassing scene the one time he met the author), and of course Alison Renshaw's Wintertime Low-Frequency Weather Variability in the North Pacific American Sector 1949–93.