David Rivard was born in 1953 in Fall River, Massachusetts. He is the author of six books of poetry: Standoff, awarded the 2017 PEN/New England Prize in poetry; Otherwise Elsewhere; Sugartown; Bewitched Playground; Wise Poison, winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Torque, winner of the 1987 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. His poems and essays appear in the American Poetry Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, Poetry London, and other magazines. In 2006, Rivard was awarded the O.B. Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library in recognition of both his writing and teaching. Among his other awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Civitella Ranieri, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He teaches in the University of New Hampshire MFA Program in Writing.