Agha Shahid Ali was born in New Delhi on February 4th 1949. He grew up in Kashmir and received his undergraduate education at the University of Kashmir. He then traveled to India to get his Masters Degree at the University of Delhi. In 1975 he moved to the United States where he earned his Ph.D in English from Pennsylvania State University and an M.F.A from University of Arizona. While he continued to write and publish poetry he took teaching positions at a number of universities including Hamilton College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Utah and NYU. He published several volumes of poetry: The Half-Inch Himalayas (1987), A Nostalgist’s Map of America (1992), The Country without a Post Office (1998), and Rooms Are Never Finished (2003), which was nominated for the National Book Award. He also translated and complied a collection of the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s work, titled The Rebel’s Silhoutette and published in 1995. Ali died of brain cancer in December of 2001. Call Me Ishamel Tonight (2004) and The Veiled Suite (2009), a collection of his previous published work and the first publication of the title poem, were edited and published posthumously.