Galway Kinnell: Born February 1, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was inspired by poets Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. He studied at Princeton University where he graduated in 1948. He then received his master of arts degree from the University of Rochester. After completing his education, he traveled extensively through Europe and the Middle East. During the 1960’s, the Civil Rights Movement in the United States really caught his attention. He came back to the states where he was very active in CORE (Congress of Racial Equality). Between his strong feelings involving the Civil Rights and his protests against the Vietnam War, Kinnell wrote The Book of Nightmares. This was the kick start to his writing career.
Influences: Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson