Jonathan Galassi is the President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, one of the eight major publishers in New York. He is also a poet and translator of poetry, is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Morning Run and North Street, and has also published translations of the work of the Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi. He has published poems in literary journals and magazines including Threepenny Review, the New Yorker, The Nation, and the Poetry Foundation website. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he was poetry editor of The Paris Review and currently serves as Honorary Chairman of the Academy of American Poets.
Mr. Galassi, who was born in Seattle, WA, and grew up on Plympton, MA, on Boston’s South Shore, graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, where he became interested in poetry, and from Harvard College. He realized while attending Christ’s College, Cambridge University as a Marshal scholar that he wanted a career in book publishing. He was married to Susan Grace, a curator at the Frick Collection, for 36 years. The couple, whose two daughters are adults, divorced in late 2011.