Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950, raised in Italy and educated in French schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and filmmaking at New York University before turning to poetry in her mid-20s. She is regarded as one of the leading voices in American poetry today. Graham has published six books of original poems over the past 20 years and edited several anthologies. Her volume of selected poems, titled The Dream of the Unified Field, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996.