Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University. He is the author of 20 books of poetry, including Divine Nothingness: Poems (Norton 2014), In Beauty Bright (Norton, 2012) and Save the Last Dance (Norton, 2008), as well as This Time: New and Selected Poems (Norton), which won the 1998 National Book Award. A collection of his drawings, Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, was published by Prairie Lights Books in 2014, while Stealing History, a memoir of a single year written in 85 sections, was published by Trinity University Press in 2012. Stern is retired from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets and has just finished a six-year term as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Stern was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the 2012 recipient of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.