David Ray, a native of Sapulpa, OK, was educated at the University of Chicago (B.A., 1952; M.A., 1957). Currently Professor of English at the University of Missouri, he has also had appointments as Visiting Professor at the Univer¬sity of Otago in New Zealand, the University of Rajasthan
in India, and Syracuse University. Fourteen books of David Ray's writings have been published, including En¬counter at Shakey Bridge, Elysium in the Halls of Hell, and The Mahaiani’s New Wall; he has also edited many anthologies, including India: An Anthology of Contem¬porary Writing, A Jack Conroy Reader, and New Asian Writing. His awards include the 1988 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, several P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Awards for short stories, and a Na¬tional Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 1988, David Ray was awarded residency fellowships at Yaddo and the Djerassi Foundation.
In Contemporary Poets, Jim Elledge states: "David Ray's poems are rooted in personal experience — those that have befallen him or persons he knows — and in place — his childhood homes, his hometown, various American
cities and countrysides, foreign shores his poems reveal
their maker's deep understanding of the subject at hand while, simultaneously, offering the reader an elegance of expression."