TOD MARSHALL was born in Buffalo, New York. He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas. His three books of poetry are Dare Say (University of Georgia Press, 2002), The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009), and Bugle (Canarium, 2014). He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University where he is the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Endowed Professor in the Humanities. In February, he was appointed the Poet Laureate of Washington State for 2016-18.
Tony Leuzzi and Tod Marshall have never met, but their work has been in conversation since 2012, when Leuzzi finished Passwords Primeval,his book-length collection of interviews with contemporary poets. Marshall had worked on a similar project from 1991 2002; his book, Range of the Possible, explored the same genre: the meticulously researched literary interview.