Known for works such as Cairo Traffic, These People, and Goodnight, Gracie, this American poet also had a successful career as a literary and arts critic, earning a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to The Boston Phoenix.
In 1962, he earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, City University of New York. A decade and a half later, he received his doctorate from Harvard University.
An actor as well as a Writer, he appeared in stage productions of The Cherry Orchard, Measure for Measure, and Alice in Wonderland. He also portrayed Scrooge on a radio program called The Spider's Web and in a film titled The Drones Must Die.
He edited several editions of the work of Massachusetts-born poet Elizabeth Bishop.