James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on 8th December 1943. He was the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which won the National Book Award. His Selected Poems, published 1991, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the William Carlos Williams award. He was a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His poem ‘The Plumber’ was published in The Poetry Review, Vol. 90, No. 2, in 2000. He died on 8th July 2015.