Lucie Brock-Broido was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. and her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her books of poetry include Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), The Master Letters (1995), and A Hunger (1988).
In a New York Times review of Brock-Broido's most recent collection, Maureen N. McLane writes: "Apprenticed to Wallace Stevens, from whose notebooks she takes the titles of several poems, she writes a sensual, sonically rich poetry, typified by the opening of "Spain": 'The god-leash leaves / Its lashes on the broad bunched backs / Of sacrificial animals.' This acoustic gorgeousness, along with her highly figurative cast of mind, creates a striking tension: her new theme is austerity, yet her means remain profligate."
Her awards and honors include the Witter-Bynner prize of Poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Brock-Broido has taught at Bennington College, Princeton University, and at Harvard University as the director of the creative writing program and as Briggs-Copeland Poet. She is now the director of poetry in the Writing Division in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and divides her time between New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.