Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of many books, including The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks, The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. His first book, Things Are Happening, won the inaugural APR/Honickman First Book Prize. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated works of both poetry and prose, including Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat (both with Alejandro de Acosta) and Poker by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.