Richard Tillinghast grew up in Memphis and studied writing with Andrew Lytle at Sewanee and Robert Lowell at Harvard. The author of seventeen books of poetry and creative nonfiction, he has held the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the British Council and the Irish Arts Council, has taught at Harvard, Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the Poets’ House in Ireland, and is a member of the Core Faculty in the Converse MFA program. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Paris Review, the American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, The Best of Irish Poetry, and elsewhere. Richard currently divides his time between Hawaii and Tennessee.