Jonathan Galassi was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1949. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, and Cambridge University, where he earned an M.A. in 1973.
Mr. Galassi became an editor in the trade division of Houghton Mifflin Company in 1973. He was a senior editor at Random House from 1981 to 1986, when he joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux as vice-president and executive editor. He was named editor-in-chief of FSG in 1988, executive vice-president in 1993, publisher in 1999, and president of the firm in January 2002.
Mr. Galassi has published two books of poems: Morning Run (Paris Review Editions, 1988) and North Street (HarperCollins, 2000). He has also translated several volumes of the work of the Italian poet Eugenio Montale: The Second Life of Art: Selected Essays (Ecco Press, 1982); Otherwise: Last and First Poems (Random House, 1984); Collected Poems: 1920-1954 (FSG, 1998); and Posthumous Diary (Turtle Point Press, 2001). He is also the editor of John Cornford's Collected Writings (Carcanet Press, 1976).
Mr. Galassi is honorary chairman of the Academy of American Poets, which he served as president from 1994 to 1999 and chairman from 1999 to 2002.
His novel Muse will be published by Alfred a. Knopf in 2015.
He and his wife Susan Grace Galassi, a curator at the Frick Collection, live in Brooklyn with their daughters Isabel and Beatrice.