Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan and raised in Virginia.
He has published nine collections of poetry and received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Poetry Prize, the Kingsley
Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Ambassador Book Award, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the Medal in Poetry
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent collection is Nothing to Declare (Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, 2015). From 2010 to 2014, he was poetry editor of The New Republic. He teaches at Claremont McKenna
College and lives in Boston.