Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for the Nation. She has won many prizes and awards for her work, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for her first collection of poems, Antarctic Traveller; two National Magazine Awards for essays and criticism; and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Whiting foundations. She is also the author of Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. Her second collection of poetry, The Mind-Body Problem, is published by Random House in June. She lives in New York City.