Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 1944, Robert Morgan grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He began writing at North Carolina State University and later graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published eleven books of poetry, most recently The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems (2004). He is also the author of three books of short ﬁction and ﬁve novels, including Gap Creek (1999), a New York Times best-seller, and Brave Enemies: A Novel of the American Revolution (2003). Since 1971 he has taught at Cornell University and has served as a visiting writer at Davidson College and Appalachian State, Furman, and Duke Universities.