Richard Howard was born in 1929 in Cleveland, received a B.A. from Columbia in 1951 and did graduate work at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. He is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects (1969), Trappings (1999), Talking Cures (2002), and A Progressive Education (2014), as well as the critical study Alone with America and the critical prefaces of the anthology Preferences. Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003 and Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003 were compiled and released together by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2004. A recent collection, Without Saying, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry.
In addition, Richard is a teacher and translator. He is an emeritus professor at Columbia University, teaching a poetry workshop in the Writing Division of the School of the Arts. Finally, he has translated over 150 books from the French, notably works by Baudelaire and Barthes. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 and a MacArthur Grant in 1996.