Robert Pinsky, whose translation of Dante's Inferno received the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation, is a professor at Boston University. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. at Stanford and his B.A. at Rutgers. His teaching and research interests include poetry and poetry writing. His past professional posts include serving as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997-2000, and serving as poetry editor for Slate.