FRANZ WRIGHT was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1953. He has traveled widely and lived in Europe and nearly every part of the United States. His books of poetry are Tapping the White Cane of Solitude (1976), The Earth Without You (1980), 8 Poems (1982), The One Whose Eyes Open When You Close Your Eyes (1982) and Going North in Winter (1986).
His translations include Jarmila. Flies: 10 Prose poems of Erica Pedretti (1976), Rilke’s The Life of Mary (1980), a selection from Rilke’s uncollected poems and fragments, The Unknown Rilke (1983) and a selection versions based on poems by Rene Char, No Siege is Absolute (1984). In 1983 he was a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and in 1985 he was awarded a writing grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Emerson College in Boston and lives in Rhode Island.