Clayton Eshleman was born in Indianapolis and educated at Indiana University. Along with publishing dozens of poetry collections and chapbooks, Eshleman founded and edited the poetry journals Caterpillar and Sulfur. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a National Book Award in Translation, two grants from the NEA, three grants from the NEH, two Landon Translation Prizes from the Academy of American Poets, 13 NEA grants for Sulfur magazine, The Alfonse X. Sabio Award for Excellence in Translation, a Rockefeller Study Center residency in Bellagio, Italy, 2004, and a Hemmingway Translation Grant in 2015. He has lived in Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Peru, France, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary, but has called Ypsilanti, Michigan, home since 1986. He is a Professor Emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University.