Poet and essayist Bill Holm was born on a farm north of Minneota, Minnesota. He is the author of several poetry books, including The Chain Letter of the Soul: New and Selected Poems (2009), Playing the Black Piano (2004), and The Dead Get by with Everything (1995). His books of prose include The Music of Failure (2010), Windows of Brimnes: An American in Iceland (2008), The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth (2001), and Eccentric Islands (2000).

Holm lived in Minnesota, where he taught at Southwest State University, and spent summers in Iceland. He died in 2009.

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