Cornelius Eady was born in Rochester, New York, in 1954. He is the author of the Autobiography of a jukebox (1997), You Don’t Miss Your Water (Henry Holt, 1995); The Gathering of My Name (1991), a Pulitzer Prize nominee; Boom Boom Boom (1988); Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1985), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; and Kartunes (1980).
His honors include the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation. He is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Poetry Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He lives in New York City.