Stanley Plumly was born in Barnesville, Ohio, in 1939, and grew up in the lumber and farming regions of Virginia and Ohio. He is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Orphan Hours (W.W. Norton, 2013) and Old Heart (Norton, 2007). Plumly is also author of two nonfiction books: Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (Norton, 2008) and Argument & Song: Sources & Silences in Poetry (Other Press, 2003). His honors include the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He is a Professor of English at the University of Maryland and the Poet Laureate of Maryland.