Christopher Merrill has published four collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water and Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many works of translation and edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and four books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. A new nonfiction book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, will appear in September. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his honors include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government, and his journalism appears in many publications. He directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.