Michael Gizzi was born on February 13, 1949, in Schenectady, NY. He received his BA and MFA from Brown University. For seven years he worked as a tree surgeon in southeastern New England, before moving in the early 1980s to the Berkshires where he taught at Lenox High for many years. In 2003, he returned to Providence to teach at Roger Williams College and Brown University. The author of more than fifteen books of poetry, he also worked as an editor with Hard Press, “Lingo” magazine, and Qua Books. He died in Providence, late September, 2010.