Thomas Rabbitt was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Iowa. He taught at the University of Alabama from 1972 until 1998. His first book, Exile, won the 1974 Pitt Prize (the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum). Among his other books are The Booth Interstate, The Abandoned Country, Enemies of the State,Prepositional Heaven, and most recently, American Wake: New & Selected Poems. A winner of fellowships from the Alabama Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, his poems have appeared in many magazines and journals including the Nation, Esquire, Poetry, Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review, and Black Warrior Review, and have been reprinted in a dozen anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2000 and The Pushcart Prize XIX. He has also contributed chapters to two books: "Impossible Horses" in Horse People and "A Flat Rock: Poetry, Perception, and Landscape" in Landscape in America. From 1979 to 1990 Rabbitt served first as editor and then co-editor of the Alabama Poetry Series, which published twenty books. He currently lives with his horses in Lewisburg, Tennessee.