A former painter and filmmaker, Dave King is the author of the novel The Ha-Ha, named one of the best books of 2005 by The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Several foreign language editions are in print, and a film is currently in development from Warner Brothers Pictures. Professor King's poetry has appeared in The Paris Review , among other venues, and his criticism in The Village Voice. An essay, "BOOM," most recently appeared in Nuovi Argomenti, in a translation by the Italian poet Massimo Gezzi. Professor King's interests center on art, language, and the imagination, with a special curiosity about work that reinvents form, crosses genres, or bridges apparently disparate modes of the creative process; he is interested in translation for related reasons. Among other awards, King is a Fellow in Literature of the American Academy in Rome.