Joy Ladin, David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English at Stern College of Yeshiva University, is the author of Soldering the Abyss: Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry (VDM), five books of poetry, including Coming to Life (winner of a 2010 Forward Fives award) and Transmigration (a 2009 Lambda Literary Award finalist). A new collection, The Definition of Joy, is due out from Sheep Meadow in spring 2012; her autobiographical reflections on gender transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, will be published by University of Wisconsin Press around the same time. Her poetry, her criticism, and her essays on gender identity have been widely published.