Mark Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was raised in the United States and South America. He received his B.F.A. in painting at Yale University. Strand became renowned for his poetry, while painting throughout his career. He is the author of nine books of poetry including Blizzard of One, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999. He wrote numerous other books, including monographs on William Bailey and Edward Hopper, and Art of the Real: Nine American Figurative Painters. Strand is also known for translations of the poetry of Rapheal Alberti and Carlos Drummond de Andrade. He received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award in 1987, and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in1990.