Gabriel Spera’s second book of poems, The Rigid Body, was awarded the 2011 Richard Snyder prize from Ashland Poetry Press. His first book of poems, The Standing Wave, was published by Harper Collins (New York) as part of the 2002 National Poetry Series. The book also received the 2004 Literary Book Award for Poetry from PEN USA-West. More recent honors include a 2009 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2014 COLA grant from the City of Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles.