Poet Stephen C. Behrendt was born in Marinette, Wisconsin. He earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin and is a University Professor and the George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of the poetry collections Instruments of the Bones (1991), A Step in the Dark (1996), and History (2005). Place, particularly the north woods of Wisconsin and his current home in Nebraska, influences his work.
Behrendt is an expert in British Romanticism. His books of scholarship include Reading William Blake (1992) and British Women Poets and the Romantic Writing Community (2008). He is the editor of the electronic resource Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period (2008) and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poetry and Prose (2009) as well as co-editor of Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception (1999) and Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period (2002).