Grace Paley is an Alaska Quarterly Review contributing editor. Best known for her fiction writing, her Collected Stories was a finalist for the 1994 National Book Award. She turned to poetry in the 1980’s and in recent years has been writing poetry almost exclusively. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including Leaning Forward and Begin Again: Collected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). She was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature. Grace Paley was appointed as the first New York State Author, 1986–1988, and as Vermont’s fifth State Poet in 2003.