Robert Hass was born in 1941 in San Francisco. He served as US Poet Laureate in 1995-97. His many awards include a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for Time and Materials (Ecco, 2007), and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Sun Under Wood (W.W. Norton, 1996). His first collection, Field Guide, was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series in 1973, and his poems have appeared in the Bloodaxe anthologies Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004), Earth Shattering (2007) and Being Human (2011), as well as Michael Schmidt’s two Five American Poets anthologies from Carcanet (2010). He lives in California with his wife, the poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.