Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several chapbooks, most recently the pocket-sized editions Cream River and One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest . His stories have been honoured by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train, and have been published in Slice , the Collagist , and the Believer , among others. ‘Water Lily’ was written as part of a fellowship with the Hewnoaks Artists Colony. His story ‘Arena’ was published in Issue Seven of Tincture Journal and is available online .
From the first, critics and fellow poets praised Stevens. Hart Crane wrote to a friend in 1919, after reading some of the poems that would make up Harmonium, "There is a man whose work makes most of the rest of us quail."  The Poetry Foundation states that "by the early 1950s Stevens was regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary poets, an artist whose precise abstractions exerted substantial influence on other writers."  Some critics, like Randall Jarrell and Yvor Winters , praised Stevens' early work but were critical of his more abstract and philosophical later poems.