"Vibrant, radiant, Michael Schmidt’s poetry is steeped in modernist tradition and questingly new. The result is a passionate discourse that is at once earthy and numinous, from which ‘flows that unusual grace which is rooted in muscle, / Which comes from the marrow and lymph, which is divine.'"—John Ashbery
Michael Schmidt was born and raised in Mexico and studied at Harvard and Oxford. He is the founder and director of Carcanet Press and editor of PN Review in the United Kingdom. In 2006, he was honored by the Order of the British Empire for his services to poetry. Schmidt's Selected Poems received a PBS Special Commendation; his New and Collected Poems was published by Sheep Meadow Press (2010).