Cynthia Macdonald was born in New York City and attended Bennington and Sarah Lawrence colleges. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence and at Johns Hopkins University, and is now a professor at the University of Houston, where she founded the creative writing program in 1979. She has received many grants and awards for her work, including, most recently, the O. B. Hardison Poetry Prize given by the Folger Shakespeare Library. She is also a graduate of Houston-Galveston Psycho-analytic Institute and is now a member of that faculty. This is her sixth collection of poems.