the son of poet James Wright, was born in Vienna, Austria in 1953. During his youth, his family moved to the Northwest United States, the Midwest, and northern California. His most recent collections of poetry include Walking to Martha’s Vineyard (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003) which received a Pulitzer Prize, The Beforelife (2001), Ill Lit: New and Selected Poems (1998), Rorschach Test (1995), The Night World and the Word Night (1993), and Midnight Postscript (1993). He has also translated poems by René Char, Erica Pedretti, and Rainer Maria Rilke. He received the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, as well as grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.