David Young was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1936. He earned a B.A. from Carleton College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Black Lab (Knopf, 2006); At the White Window (2000); Night Thoughts and Henry Vaughan (1994), which won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry; The Planet on the Desk: Selected and New Poems 1960-1990 (1991); Foraging (1986); Earthshine (1988); The Names of a Hare in English (1979); Work Lights: Thirty-Two Prose Poems (1977); and Boxcars (1972).