Verlyn Klinkenborg was born in Colorado in 1952 and raised in Iowa and California. He graduated from Pomona College and received a Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University. He is the author of Making Hay (1986), The Last Fine Time (1991), The Rural Life (2003), Timothy: Or, Notes of an Abject Reptile (2006), and Several Short Sentences About Writing (August 2012). He has taught at Harvard University, Pomona College, Bard College, and Columbia University. He is also the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and has been a member of the editorial board of the New York Times since 1997. Mr. Klinkenborg lives in rural New York state.