Stephen Rodefer is the author of author of many books of poetry, prose, plays, and translations, including Call it Thought: Selected Poems (2008), Left Under A Cloud (2000), Mon Canard (2000), Erasures (1994), Leaving (1992), Passing Duration (1991), Emergency Measures (1987), and Four Lectures (1982). Born in Ohio, he earned a BA at Amherst College, an MA from SUNY Buffalo, and an MFA from San Francisco State University, and he was associated with the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets.
Rodefer has published translations of Sappho, Catullus, Lucretius, Dante, Baudelaire, Rilke, Villon, O’Hara, and the Cuban poet Noel Nicola. His graphic work, Language Pictures, has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, and Prague. He taught English and creative writing at the University of New Mexico, and lectured at various colleges, including San Francisco State University and the University of California at San Diego, where he served as curator of the Archive for New Poetry.
Rodefer lived in Paris until his death in 2015. His papers are held at Stanford University.