Peter Gizzi grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. His poetry collections include Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998) and Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003). In 1994 he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is also the editor of The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998). He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.