Arthur Vogelsang was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received a BA from the University of Maryland and an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. After working briefly in publishing, he attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he received an MFA.
He is the author of several poetry collections, including Orbit (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), Expedition: New & Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2011), Cities and Towns (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996), recipient of the Juniper Prize, and A Planet (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1983).
Of Vogelsang, the poet Ira Sadoff writes, “A seriously playful absurdist, he deflates false authority while underscoring the barbarism of history.”
Vogelsang served as editor of The American Poetry Review from 1973 to 2006, and he has taught at numerous universities, including the University of South California and the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of fellowships from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives with his wife, Judith Ayers, in Los Angeles, California.