Sherod Santos was born in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1948. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Accidental Weather (1982); The Pilot Star Elegies (1999), winner of the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize; and, most recently, Square Inch Hours (2017). He is also the author of the essay collection A Poetry of Two Minds (2000), and has translated several works, including Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation (2005). His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and he has received the Academy Award for Literary Excellence from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was appointed Poet in Residence at Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, in 1984. Santos taught at the University of Missouri as a professor of English. He currently resides in Chicago.