was born on September 24, 1934, in Great Falls, Montana. He attended Colgate University, where he majored in English, graduated cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1956. He earned an M.A. in English Literature at Columbia University in 1957 and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature in 1967. He taught for 41 years at the Brooklyn Center of Long Island University (1961–1983) and at the University of Oklahoma (1983 –2000), where he served as Chair of the Department of English (1983–1990) and Director of Creative Writing (1990 –2000). He was a founding editor of The Chelsea Review (1957– 1960) and co -founding editor of Trobar and Trobar Books (1960 –1964) with poet Robert Kelly. He has published many books of poetry, translations, and scholarly criticisms. His books include, Ananios of Kleitor, Poems & Fragments (Shearsman Books, 2009); Acts of Love, Ancient Greek Poetry from Aphrodite’s Garden (Random House, 2006); Century Dead Center & Other Poems (Left Hand Books, 1997); Harmonies & Fits (Point Riders Press, 1987); Voluntaries (Corycian Press Iowa City, 1984). He is married to poet and playwright Rochelle Owens. They live in Philadelphia and Wellfleet, Massachusetts.