lives in New York City and Fresno, California. In New York City, he teaches at New York University and is the Distinguished Poet in Residence for the Creative Writing Program. He has received numerous awards for his writings including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize from Poetry, the Frank O’Hara Prize, and two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships. For two years, he served as chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000. He has published sixteen books of poetry, along with other poetry and various essays. His writing represents the hardships of the working class.