Donald J. Byrd is a poet, sound artist, and Professor of English at the State University of New York at Albany. His work is generally in the fields of literary analysis and information theory. His chapbook, Technics of Travel, was published by Zealot-Tansy press in 1984. His first book-length poem, Aesop’s Garden, was published by North Atlantic in Plainfied, Vermont, and his second book-length poem, The Great Dimestore Centennial, was published by Station Hill. Byrd was a frequent contributor to Chris Funkhouser’s “Descriptions of an Imaginary University” under the pseudonym “Thus, Albert or Hubert.” His Charles Olson’s Maximus is published by Southern Illinois University Press and his important The Poetics of the Common Knowledge is published by SUNY University Press. In his lifetime, he proposes to complete one-hundred volumes that will complete a set which he refers to as The Nomad’s Encyclopedia.