Mark Strand is the author of thirteen books of poems. He is also the author of a book of stories and three volumes of translations, and the editor of a number of anthologies (most recently 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century). He has received many honors and awards for his poems, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He teaches at Columbia University.