Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University.  He is the author of 15 books of poetry, including, most recently, Save the Last Dance  (Norton, 2008) and Everything is Burning (Norton, 2005), as well as This Time:  New and Selected Poems, which won the 1998 National Book Award.  Early Collected:  Poems from 1965-1992 was published by W. W.  Norton in the spring of 2010, and the paperback of his personal essays titled What I Can’t Bear Losing, was published in the fall of 2009 by Trinity University Press. Stern has a memoir from Trinity University Press, Stealing History, due in 2012, along with a new book of poems from W. W. Norton, In Beauty Bright.  He was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.  He is retired from the University of Iowa Writers’ WorkshopIn 2012, Gerald Stern was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.