A graduate of Reed College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, David Romtvedt served in the Peace Corps in the Congo and Rwanda. In addition to holding a wide variety of jobs, he is a professor emeritus in the MFA program for writers at the University of Wyoming and was the state's poet laureate from 2003 to 2011. With the band The Fireants, he performs dance music of the Americas and with Ospa, traditional and new Basque music. His most recent books are the poetry collection “Dilemmas of the Angels” (Louisiana State University Press, 2017) and the novel “Zelestina Urza in Outer Space” (University of Nevada Center for Basque Studies, 2015). He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Pushcart Prize and the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award. His book “A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know” was a National Poetry Series selection.