Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among other honors. He is the author of two novels—Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04—and he has published three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. His most recent book is the monograph The Hatred of Poetry. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.