David Kirby received a BA from Louisiana State University and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. His numerous collections of poetry include Talking About Movies With Jesus (2011), The Ha-Ha (2003), short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize, and The House on Boulevard Street: New and Selected Poems (2007), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Florida Book Award and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award. He has also won several Pushcart Prizes, the Guy Owen Prize, the Kay Deeter Award, the James Dickey Prize, the Brittingham Prize, and the Millennium Cultural Recognition Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Florida Arts Council. His poetry has been featured in numerous anthologies, including several issues of Best American Poetry. Kirby is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Since 1969 he has taught at Florida State University, where he is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, poet Barbara Hamby.