was born in the Bronx, New York, and has lived in New York City for most of his life. He graduated from City College of New York with a B.A. in English in 1966 and an M.A. in English in 1975. Since 1984 he has taught creative writing and literature at Queens College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Naropa University, SUNY Albany, The New School, and The Poetry Project. He is presently an Associate Professor in the English Department at Long Island University in Brooklyn, where he is co – director of the graduate program in creative writing. From 1966 –1975, he edited and published Angel Hair magazine and books, which he co – founded with Anne Waldman. Since 1984 he has been editor and publisher of United Artists Books. He has published numerous books of poetry, including Dreaming As One (1971), Blue Heaven (1977), Methods of Birth Control (1983), Information from the Surface of Venus (1987), Avenue of Escape (1996), and The Origin of the World (2001). He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation of the Arts, the CAPS Foundation, and The Fund for Poetry.