Poet C.S. Giscombe was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended SUNY Albany and Cornell University. During the 1980s, he was the editor of Epoch magazine, a creative writing publication produced by the students and faculty of Cornell University. He has written eight books, including Postcards (1977), Here (1994), and Inland (2001), and his work has been featured in such publications as Callaloo and New American Writing.
 
Giscombe has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry. His work earned the 2010 Stephen Henderson Award in Poetry and the 1998 Carl Sandburg Prize, awarded by the Chicago Public Library. He has taught at Cornell, Syracuse University, Illinois State University, Pennsylvania State University and currently is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.