Nina Bogin was born in New York City in 1952 and grew up on Long Island. She is married with two grown daughters and has lived in eastern France, near the Swiss and German borders, since 1976. She works as a translator of art history and literary criticism and as a teacher of English. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines in the United States, England and France. She received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1989 and published her first volume of poems, In the North (Graywolf), in the same year.