Gjertrud Schnackenberg was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1953. She is the author of six books of poetry, including The Lamplit Answer (1985); The Throne of Labdacus (2000), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry; and, most recently, Heavenly Questions (2011), winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Her honors include an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute. Schnackenberg has served as a Christensen Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford and a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and Humanities. She currently lives in Boston.