Robert Mezey was born in 1935 in Philadelphia. He attended Kenyon College and served in the U.S. Army before receiving a B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1959. Mezey found work as a probation officer, advertising copywriter, and social worker. He did graduate study at Stanford and began teaching English at Case Western Reserve University in 1963. Mezey was poet-in-residence for a year at Franklin and Marshall College. He then joined the English department of California State University, Fresno, spent three years at the University of Utah, and settled in 1976 at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Mezey won the Lamont Award for The Lovemaker in 1960. He has published many poetry books, coedited Naked Poetry (1969), and helped translate Poems from the Hebrew (1973). In 1987, his book of poems, Evening Wind, was published.

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