EDWARD FIELD was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, and attended New York University before enlisting in the US Air Force in 1943. During the war, as a navigator in heavy bombers, he flew 25 missions over Germany. It was in the army that he began writing poetry, but his first book of poems, Stand Up, Friend, With Me, was not published until 1963 after he won the Lamont Award.
Among his many publications since then are Variety Photoplays, which developed the genre of movie poems; the novel Village (later revised as The Villagers) -- a four-generation historical novel about Greenwich Village, written with his partner Neil Derrick; and a memoir, The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag, and Other Intimate Literary Portraits from the Bohemian Era. His latest book of poems, from the University of Pittsburgh Press, is After the Fall, Poems Old and New, which focuses on the current military, political, and economic situation of the country since the 9/11 tragedy. A travel diary of Afghanistan Kabuli Days, Travels in Old Afghanistan, has just come out from World Parade Books. A CD of him reading his poems with music by Ack Van Rooyen and Peter Tiehuis is also available from World Parade Books.
His honors include the Shelley Award, a Lambda Award, an Academy Award in 1965 for the documentary film "To Be Alive" for which he wrote the voice-over narration, and the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has given readings at hundreds of colleges and other institutions around the United States, including the Library of Congress. He can be seen reading poems on www.YouTube.com/fieldinski. He lives in New York.
More information on his website www.edwardfield.com.