James Brasfield was born in Savannah, Georgia. He received a BA from Armstrong State University and an MFA from Columbia University. He is the author of Infinite Altars (Louisiana State University Press, 2016) and Ledger of Crossroads (Louisiana State University Press, 2009). He also translated The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha (Harvard University Press, 1999), winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Brasfield has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Penn State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.