The only permanent thing is the soul,
and what has happened to it.
Like a dancer covered in nothing
but white powder, then sponged
with coarse brown makeup;
nothing else in plain sight
Born on a ranch in central Texas on August 4, 1952, Scott Hightower attended the University of Texas and Columbia University.
He is the author of Self-evident (Barrow Street Press, 2012); Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets Natural Trouble (2003); and Tin Can Tourist (2001). He has also published a bilingual collection of poems in Spanish, translated by Natalia Carbajosa.
Hightower's own translations of poems by the Spanish-Puerto Rican poet Aurora de Albornoz have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
About his poetry, Marie Ponsot has said: "The most exciting quality of Hightower's work is its poetic and paradoxical unifying of emotional and intellectual depth with a marvelous quietness."
Hightower has taught at Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at NYU and Drew University. A former Poet-in-Residence at Fordham University, Hightower currently lives in New York City.