About the Author

Thomas Bolt was born in 1959 in Washington, D.C., where he attended public and private schools. He was a pre-college scholarship student at the Corcoran School of Art and received a B.A. in English (cum laude) and Art from the University of Virginia. His paintings have been shown in group exhibitions in New York. Land (1982), a hand-printed book of his poems and etchings, is in the rare book collections of the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia.

Yale University Press published his first book of poems, Out of the Woods, in 1989. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, BOMB, and Southwest Review (where his long poem, "Wedgwood," won an award for the best poem the quarterly published in 1994).

Thomas Bolt's awards and fellowships include the Rome Prize for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, The Peter I. B. Lavin Younger Poet Award of the American Academy of Poets, an Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and a 1997 Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Bolt's poems are included in the anthology Sixty Years of American Poetry (Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1996). His forthcoming publications include a short story, "A Cluster of Sunsets," in the Autumn 1997 issue of Southwest Review and two poems in some distant issue of The Paris Review. He has read from his work in New York (at Mad Alex Presents, the Limbo Reading Series, the Poetry Society of America, the Alliance Stage Poets' Reading Series, and the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y), and in Rome (at the Villa Aurelia). He lives in New York City.

Dark Ice, 1993-1997, a poem of 1,001 lines with notes and parodies of notes, was first published in BOMB (without the notes) in the fall of 1993. Publication of the hypertext Dark Ice on Zembla and the ASCII version on NABOKV-L mark the first publication of the work as a whole.