Dan Gerber was born August 12, 1940 and grew up in Fremont, Michigan. He earned a B.A. in English from MSU in 1962 and for a short stint became a professional racing driver. He is a poet, novelist, and essayist whose work includes The Revenant (1971), American Atlas (1973), Grass Fires (1987), A Voice From the River (1990), A Last Bridge Home (1992), and Trying To Catch the Horses (1999). His articles, poems, and stories have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and The Georgia Review. From 1968 through 1972, along with writer Jim Harrison, he co-edited the literary magazine Sumac. Gerber has traveled extensively as a journalist. He has been writer-in-residence at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University and has lectured, read, and taught at numerous colleges, universities, libraries, schools, and museums throughout the United States and England. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won the 1992 Michigan Author Award, and has had work selected for The Best American Poetry 1999.