Eduardo Alejandro Chirinos Arrieta was born in Lima, Peru and earned a BA from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a PhD from Rutgers University. He authored of over 15 books of poetry, as well as volumes of academic criticism, numerous essays, translations, and children's books. His most recent books of poetry include The Smoke of Distant Fires (2012) and Reasons for Writing Poetry (2011), and Written in Missoula (2011), all translated by G.J. Racz. He taught Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Montana.