Melvin Dixon was born on May 29, 1950, in Stamford, Connecticut. He received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1971 and a PhD from Brown University in 1975. He published two poetry collections, Change of Territory (University of Virginia Press, 1983) and the posthumous Love’s Instruments (Tia Chucha Press, 1995). He was also the author of the novels Vanishing Rooms (Cleis Press, 1991) and Trouble the Water (Fiction Collective 2, 1989). Dixon taught English literature at Wesleyan University from 1976 to 1980, when he joined the English faculty at Queens College. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984. Dixon died of complications from AIDS in Stamford, Connecticut, on October 26, 1992.