David Budbill was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1940 to a streetcar driver and a minister's daughter. He is the author of eight books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, and dozens of essays, introductions, speeches, and book reviews. Zen Mountains/Zen Streets, an audio CD of his poetry, with the music of jazz bassist and composer William Parker, was released on the Boxholder Records label. He has also served as an occasional commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Among his prizes and honors are a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in playwriting and a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He lives in the mountains of northern Vermont where he tends his garden and website.