Jonathan Galassi was born in Seattle, grew up in Massachusetts, and has spent most of his adult life in New York. A lifelong veteran of publishing, he has worked at Houghton Mifflin, Random House and, since 1986, at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, where he is currently president and publisher. Galassi’s first novel, MUSE, was published by Knopf in June. He has also served as poetry editor of The Paris Review and has published three books of poems, most recently Left-handed (Knopf 2012), as well as translations of the Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi. His translation of Primo Levi’s collected poetry was published by Liveright as part of his Complete Works this fall.