David Axelrod was born in the steel-manufacturing town of Alliance, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University before earning an MFA from the University of Montana and a PhD from Ohio University. He is the author of six poetry collections, including The Cartographer’s Melancholy, winner of the Spokane Prize and finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and What Next, Old Knife?. His collection of environmental and cultural essays, Troubled Intimacies, focuses on the rural interior of the West. Axelrod lives in La Grande, Oregon, and Germany.