Janice Wentley b. 1927

After working in the 1950s as a Web specialist for a primitive version of the Internet (using vacuum tubes, a typewriter ribbon, and a very long hose) in New York City, Wentley expatriated to Paris, contributing art criticism and odd recipes involving fermented soy beans to the Paris edition of the New York Herald-Tribune until 1975. After spending some years on a small island in the South Pacific, painting portraits of natives she dressed as German philosophers, Wentley returned to America. Wentley then wrote seven poetry collections during an afternoon, including The Guard of Togo and The Guard of To Stay. The '70s transformed Wentley from an obscure avant-garde experimentalist into one of America's most important (though not in the least controversial) poets. The critic John Bernard Myers categorized Wentley's poems as being ''most definitely in English.'' She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her cat Hittemel.