Louise Glück was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Triumph of Achilles, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ararat, which won the Bobbitt National Poetry Prize, The Wild Iris, which received the Pulitzer Prize, and Vita Nova, which won the first annual New Yorker Magazine's Readers Award and the Ambassador's Award. Her many honors include the William Carlos Williams Award, a Lannan Literary Award, and, for her book of essays, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. In 2001, she received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry. Louise Glück teaches at Williams College and lives in Cambridge. Her most recent collection, The Seven Ages, was published by Ecco HarperCollins in 2001. Louise Glück is the twelfth Poet Laureate of the United States.