William Bronk (1918-1999) was born in Hudson Falls, New York. He was educated at Dartmouth College where he was a student of Sidney Cox. After some graduate work at Harvard University, he served in the Army during World War II, and taught briefly at Union College, Schenectady. His first book of poems, Light and Dark, was published by Origin Press in 1956. Bronk received the National Book Award in 1982. He passed away in 1999.