Born in Boston in 1929, Robert Dana has had a long and distinguished career. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently The Morning of the Red Admirals (2004) and Summer (2000). His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, and The Iowa Review, among numerous other publications. Awards and honors include a Pulitzer nomination for Starting Out for the Difficult World (1988), the Pushcart Prize, and the Rainer Maria Rilke Prize for Poetry. He is Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa.