C.K. Williams was born in Newark, NJ in 1936, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which, Repair, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Weathertop Award.
Among his honors are awards in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Voelcker Career Achievement Award, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. He has received fellowships from the Lila Wallace Foundation, as well as from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. His collection Flesh and Blood received the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has published translations of Sophocles’ Women ofTrachis, Euripides’ Bacchae, and poems of Francis Ponge, among others. His book of essays, Poetry and Consciousness, appeared in 1998, and a memoir, Misgivings, in 2000. He has also written the narrative for a documentary film, “Criminals”, directed by Joseph Strick, and has recently finished a play, The Jew. He teaches in the Writing Program at Pinceton University, and lives part of the year in Paris.