About the Author
Marie Ponsot, the winner of Poetry magazine’s Ruth Lily Prize for lifetime achievement as well as the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal, was born in 1921. She began her career at the age of eight, publishing a poem in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. She is the author of six previous collections, including The Bird Catcher, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. A professor emerita of English at Queens College, CUNY, she has also taught at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and at the New School University. Her other honors include the Phi Beta Kappa Medal and the Shaughnessy Prize of the Modern Language Association. Ponsot is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in New York City.