Nicholas DiGiovanni is a novelist, essayist, blogger, journalist and creative-writing teacher. His new collection of essays, "Man Has Premonition of Own Death," iwas published in June by Blue Heron Book Works. His novella, "Rip," a modern-day tongue-in-cheek "retelling" of Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," was published by Black Angel Press. His fiction has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Identity Theory, The Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere. He has completed five creative-writing residencies at VCCA since 2009. DiGiovanni was founder and longtime coordinator of the Delaware Valley Poetry Festival, held annually in western New Jersey until 2010, which featured many widely-acclaimed poets including Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, Louise Gluck, Paul Muldoon, Gerald Stern, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Thomas Lux, Stephen Dobyns and Diane Wakoski. He grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and lives in New Jersey.