Elaine Equi was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1953. She received a BA and MA from Columbia College. She is the author of ten collections of poetry including Voice-Over (Coffee House Press, 1998) which was chosen by Thom Gunn for the 1999 San Francisco State Poetry Award; Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2007) which was shortlisted for the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize; and most recently, The Intangibles (Coffee House Press, 2019). Over the years, her witty, aphoristic, and innovative work has become nationally and internationally known. She has taught in many creative writing programs, including those of Columbia College, New York University, City College of New York, and The New School. She lives in New York City.