Nicholas Christopher was born and raised in New York City. He was educated at Harvard College, and afterward traveled and lived in Europe. He became a regular contributor to the New Yorker in his early twenties, and began publishing his work in other leading magazines, both in the United States and abroad. He has also been a regular contributor to Granta, Esquire, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, and The Paris Review. He is the author of seventeen books: six novels, The Soloist (Viking, 1986), Veronica (1996), A Trip to the Stars (2000), Franklin Flyer (2002), The Bestiary (2007), and Tiger Rag (2013), all published by the Dial Press; nine volumes of poetry, On Tour with Rita (Knopf, 1982), A Short History of the Island of Butterflies (1986), Desperate Characters: A Novella in Verse (1988), In the Year of the Comet (1992), and 5˚ (1995), all published by Viking Penguin, The Creation of the Night Sky (1998), Atomic Field: Two Poems (2000), and Crossing the Equator: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2004, published by Harcourt, and On Jupiter Place (Counterpoint, 2016); and a nonfiction book, Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir & the American City (The Free Press, 1997). His novel for children, The True Adventures of Nicolò Zen, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2014. He also edited two poetry anthologies, Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets (Anchor, 1989) and Walk on the Wild Side: Urban American Poetry Since 1975 (Scribner, 1994). His work has been widely translated and published in other countries — including Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Serbia, Poland, as well as the United Kingdon — and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies. He has translated the poems of Martial and Catullus and the work of several modern Greek poets, including George Seferis and Yannis Ritsos. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other institutions. He taught at Yale and New York University, and since 2000 has been a Professor on the permanent faculty of the graduate Writing Program of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.