Poet Craig Arnold was born on November 16, 1967. He received a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Ph.D in creative writing from the University of Utah. He published two collections of poetry: Shells (1999), which won the 1998 Yale Younger Poets Competition, and Made Flesh (2008). He won numerous honors and awards including the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the US-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship, and the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. He taught poetry at the University of Wyoming. He went missing on the small volcanic island of Kuchinoerabu-jima, Japan on April 30, 2009. It is believed that he fell off a cliff during a solo hike to explore an active volcano.