Jackie Osherow was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a BA from Harvard University in 1978 and a PhD in English from Princeton University in 1990. She is the author of several books of poetry, including Ultimatum from Paradise, Whitethorn, and Looking for Angels in New York. Her poems are known for their frequent exploration of Jewish tradition and their post-Holocaust consciousness. Osherow has received the Witter Bynner Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She serves as a distinguished professor of English and creative writing at the University of Utah. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.