Helen Pinkerton Trimpi (born in 1927 in Butte, Montana) ) is a poet, essayist, and scholar of American literature and history. She has taught at Stanford, College of Notre Dame, University of Alberta and Michigan State University. She has published five volumes of poetry, including her selected poems, Taken In Faith, in 2001. Her critical essays include studies of Edgar Bowers, Yvor Winters, Janet Lewis, John Finley, and Catherine Davis. In American studies, she published Melville's Confidence Men and American Politics In the 1850s, in 1987.
Suzanne J. Doyle was born in St. Charles, Missouri in 1953. She graduated in 1975 with honors in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she studied under the poet Edgar Bowers. Accepted in Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program, she received her MA in 1978. She has published the following slim volumes of verse: Sweeter for the Dark (1982), Domestic Passions (1984), Dangerous Beauties (1990), and Calypso (2003).