Stanley Kunitz was born in July 1905 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude in 1926 from Harvard Collegeand earned a master's degree in English from Harvard the following year. After Harvard, he went to work as a reporter for the Worcester Telegram and as an editor for the H.W. Wilson Company where he was co-editor for Twentieth Century Authors and other reference books. After W.W. II he began a teaching career at several known colleges such as: Bennington College, New York State Teachers College in Potsdam, New York and New School of Social Research, Universty of Washington. His poems started to appear in Poetry, Commonweal, and The New Republic. Some of his most popular collections of poems are - Intellectual Things, Passport to the War, and Passing Through: The Later Poems. His most recent honors include the Harvard Centennial Medal (1992), the National Medal of Arts (1993), and an "In Celebration of Writers" award from Poets & Writers (1999). He continued to write and publish as later as 2005. He died in May 2006.