Paul Nemser grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he fell in love with poetry while reading in the storage room in back of his family’s tool store. He received an AB from Harvard College where he studied with Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, and an MFA in Writing from Columbia University School of the Arts where he studied with Stanley Kunitz and many others. He also received a JD from Boston University School of Law. His love of reading and writing poetry has been essential throughout his life.
Nemser’s book Taurus won the 2011 New American Poetry Prize from New American Press. His chapbook Tales of the Tetragrammaton was published by Mayapple Press. His poems appear widely in magazines, including AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, London Review of Books, and The Missouri Review. He lives with his wife Rebecca in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Harborside, Maine.