Robert Hill Long graduated in 1975 from Davidson College, where his poetry was awarded a prize by Donald Hall. He received an M.F.A. in 1983 at the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers; in 1984 he was founding director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. He has been teaching at the University of Oregon since 1991, and has also taught at Clark University, the University of Hartford, and Smith College. His first book, The Power to Die, was published by Cleveland State University in 1987.