Soviet-born poet, translator, educational, and literary critic known for Dancing in Odessa and additional functions. He was a receiver of both Lannan Literary Fellowship as well as the Whiting Authors’ Honor. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University or college and a J.D. from your University or college of California’s Hastings University of Legislation. He became mainly deaf at age group four. He wedded Katie Farris, an American writer and educational. He and Dana Gioia both resided in California at several points throughout their literary careers.