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Poet and literary critic Dan Chiasson has published two books of poetry, "The Afterlife of Objects "(2002) and "Natural History "(Random House/Knopf, 2005), as well as a critical book on American poetry: "One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America "(Univ. of Chicago, 2007). He serves as poetry critic for "The New Yorker "and "The New York Times Book Review." His awards include a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry, a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award. He teaches poetry workshops and courses on American poetry at Wellesley College and lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts.