Halvard Johnson (Thrust) was born in Newburgh, New York, and grew up in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Baltimore City Arts. He has had several residency grants at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a poetry fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation. He has published four collections of poetry Transparencies and Projections, The Dance of the Red Swan, Eclipse, and Winter Journey all from New Rivers Press and, now out of print, archived at the Contemporary American Poetry Archives (http://capa.conncoll.edu). His poetry and fiction have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Wisconsin Review, Mudfish, Poetry: New York, For Poetry, CrossConnect, Salt River Review, Blue Moon Review, Crania, Gulf Stream, The Florida Review and Synaesthetic. He has lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Cayey, Puerto Rico; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore, Maryland. For many years he taught overseas in the European and Far East divisions of the University of Maryland. Currently, he resides New York City with his wife, the prize-winning fiction writer and painter, Lynda Schor. He teaches from time to time at the Eugene Lang College of the New School University and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.