William Bronk (1918-1999) was born in Hudson Falls, New York, where he lived, mainly, his entire life, in the same house where he was raised, burning coal which was sold in the family coal & lumber business. Sidney Cox was a major influence on Bronk while at Dartmouth College. He served in the Army during World War II after some graduate work at Harvard and taught briefly at Union College, Schenectady. His first book of poems, Light and Dark, was published by Cid Corman's Origin Press in 1956. William Bronk received the National Book Award in 1982. His many books have been published by Origin, New Directions, North Point, The Elizabeth Press, Talisman, and others.