He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, where he received his MFA. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the James Merrill House, the Stadler Center for Poetry, the Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship, the Jeannette Haien Ballard Prize and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Fellowship. He has been awarded fellowships to attend the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
For his translations of Italian poet Edoardo Sanguineti he received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/America.
He is the son of American novelist Christine Schutt.
He currently lives with his wife in Baltimore, Maryland.
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