Nicholas Christopher received his B.A. from Harvard College. He is the author of seventeen books: six novels, The Soloist, Veronica, A Trip to the Stars, Franklin Flyer, The Bestiary, and Tiger Rag; nine books of poetry, On Tour with Rita, A Short History of the Island of Butterflies, Desperate Characters: A Novella in Verse, In the Year of the Comet, 5° & Other Poems, The Creation of the Night Sky, Atomic Field: Two Poems, Crossing the Equator: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2004, and On Jupiter Place; a nonfiction book, Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir & the American City; and a novel for children, The True Adventures of Nicolò Zen. He has also edited two poetry anthologies: Under 35 and Walk on the Wild Side. His work has been widely translated and published abroad, and he has received numerous awards and fellowships: from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other institutions.