Michael Palmer was born in New York City on October 9, 1942. He earned a BA in French and an MA in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. He is the author of the poetry collections Thread (2011), Company of Moths (2005), Codes Appearing: Poems 1979–1988 (2001), The Promises of Glass (2000), The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972–1995 (1998), At Passages (1995), and Blake’s Newton (1974), among many others. Palmer’s awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. From 1999 to 2004, he served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.