Tony Hoagland was born in 1953 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His father was an Army doctor, and Hoagland grew up on various military bases throughout the South. He teaches at the University of Houston and in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His first UK book of poems, What Narcissism Means to Me: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), drew on three collections, Sweet Ruin (1992), Donkey Gospel (1998) and What Narcissism Means to Me (2003). He has since published two later collections, Unincorporated Persons in the Honda Dynasty (2010) and Application for Release from the Dream (2015), as well as Real Sofistikashun: Essays on Poetry and Craft (2006) and Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays (2014).