Frank X. Gaspar was born and raised in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and now lives in southern California where he teaches at Long Beach City College. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict, and after his discharge he earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. He's published poems and short stories in numerous journals, including The Nation, The Kenyon Review, The New England Review, The Georgia Review, and others. His first collection of poems, The Holyoke, won the Morse Prize in 1988. He's been an NEA Fellow, a John Atherton Fellow at Breadloaf, and a Walter Dakin Fellow at Sewanee (University of the South). His Mass for the Grace of a Happy Death won the 1995 Anhinga Prize for Poetry.