Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan and raised in Virginia. He graduated from the college of William and Mary and holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Columbia University. He is a past recipient of fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Cole was the 1995 recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1999 he received the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin. In 2001 he resided in Kyoto, Japan as the recipient of a creative artist fellowship from the Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission. He is the author of Middle Earth (FSG, 2003), a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Visible Man (FSG, 1998), and most recently, Blackbird and Wolf (2007). He currently resides in Boston, MA.