Edgar Bowers was born in Rome, Georgia in 1924. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Counter Intelligence during World War II. Upon his discharge, he attended the University of North Carolina, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and then enrolled at Stanford University for his graduate studies, eventually earning a Ph.D. in English. Bowers published his first volume of poetry, The Form of Loss, in 1956. In addition to the Bollingen Prize, Bowers’s other honors included two Guggenheim fellowships, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Prize, and an American Institute of Arts and Letters award. He was an instructor at Duke University, Harpur College, and, for the majority of his career from 1958 to 1991, at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Bowers died in San Francisco in 2000.