In 1945, Michael Palma was born in the Bronx, New York.
He has published one full-length collection of poems, A Fortune in Gold (Gradiva, 2000), and two poetry chapbooks, Antibodies (1997) and The Egg Shape (1972).
He has also published translations of nine modern and contemporary Italian poets, including: Luigi Fontanella (The Transparent Life and Other Poems, 2000); Franco Buffoni (The Shadow of Mount Rosa, 2002); Paolo Valesio (Every Afternoon Can Make the World Stand Still, 2002); Maura Del Serra (Infinite Present, 2002; with Emanuel di Pasquale), and Ljuba Merlina Bortolani (The Siege, 2002). In January 2002, his terza rima translation of Dante's Inferno was published by W.W. Norton & Co.
Michael Palma has received the Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship and the Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Italo Calvino Award from the Translation Center of Columbia University, and the Premio Speciale of the Associazione Culturale Campana of Latina, Italy. Currently, Palma serves on the board of the Italian Poetry Society of America. He lives with his wife in Bellows Falls, Vermont.