Richard J. Fein was bom on December 5, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY and lives with his wife, Helen, in Cambridge, MA. He was educated at Brooklyn College, New York University, and Columbia University and was a Professor of English at the State University of New York, New Paltz from 1960 until his

retirement in 1991. From 1977-1983, Fein was also coordinator of the Jewish Studies Program there. A member of the American Academy of Poets and the Poetry Society of America, he has received grants from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture (1977-78) and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1979-80). He was the recipient of the Founder’s Day Dis-tinguished Scholars Award, New York University (1961), a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Madras, India (1971-72) and a Fellow at the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at YIVO Institute in New York (1975-78). Fein’s books include Robert Lowell, The Dance of Leah, and Selected Poems of Yankev Glatshteyn. His poetry, translations and articles have been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Modem Literature. Kafka’s Ear is his first book of poetry.