Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan and raised in Virginia. He has published ten 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
book is Orphic Paris, a memoir, published by New York Review Books. From 2010 to 2014, he was poetry editor of The New Republic.
He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and lives in Boston.