Heather Thomas has published seven books of poetry, including Blue Ruby (FootHills Publishing, 2008) and Resurrection Papers (Chax Press, 2003). Her poems are published in more than 35 journals and anthologies including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, the Wallace Stevens Journal, American Letters and Commentary, 13th Moon, and Five Fingers Review. Heather has given readings across the U.S. and in Russia, Argentina, and Ireland. Her poems have been translated into Spanish and Lithuanian, and her book Resurrection Papers was published in a bilingual edition in Argentina. She has awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The Berks County, Pennsylvania, Poet Laureate, Heather is a professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. "The Fan" and "Odysseus in Amberland" are from Blue Ruby (FootHills Publishing, 2008).