KARL SHAPIRO was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 10, 1913, and attended the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. In 1946 he was appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, and then, in 1947, he joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, where he taught writing courses. In 1950 he became editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. Mr. Shapiro is now Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, and is editor of the Prairie Schooner. He is a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
Mr. Shapiro's poems, essays and reviews have appeared in leading literary magazines. His second volume of verse, V-Letter and Other Poems, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1945.