Robert Kelly has published more than fifty books of poetry and prose. He was born in Brooklyn and educated at City College and Columbia University. Soon after finishing his studies at Columbia, Kelly accepted a position at Bard College, where he is currently the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and the Co-Director of the Program in Written Arts. He also serves on the editorial board of Poetry International. He lives in Dutchess County, New York, which named him their Poet Laureate in 2016.