Poet, editor, anthropologist, translator, and critic Nathaniel Tarn was born in Paris and studied English at Cambridge before pursuing anthropology at the Collége de France and the Musée de l’Homme and fieldwork in Guatemala and Burma. His first collection of poetry, Old Savage/Young City (1964) was followed by The Beautiful Contradictions (1969), Lyrics for the Bride of God (1975), Palenque: Selected Poems 1972–1984 (1986), Selected Poems: 1950–2000 (2002), and Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers (2008), and others. Among his landmark translations are Pablo Neruda's The Heights of Macchu Picchu (1966) and Victor Segalen's Stelae (1969). As an editor he built a groundbreaking international poetry program in London as editor of Cape Editions and Cape-Goliard Press. He lives near Santa Fe with the poet and artist Janet Rodney.
Recorded Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Northwestern University.