DAVID LEHMAN was born in New York City. He initiated The Best American Poetry series in 1988 and remains series editor of the annual anthology. He is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Yeshiva Boys (Scribner, 2009). Among his nonfiction books are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Schocker, 2009), The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Anchor, 1999), and The Perfect Murder: A Study in Reflection (Michigan, 2000). He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006) with John Brehm. His New and Selected Poems will be released from Scribner this fall. He teaches writing and literature in the graduate writing program of the New School in New York City. He lives in New York City.
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