Leslie Scalapino was born in Santa Barbara, California, and grew up in Berkeley. She attended Reed College and graduate school at the University of California-Berkeley. She teaches at Bard College in the Milton Avery Graduate Program of the Arts and at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has also taught at Mills College, the Naropa Institute, and elsewhere. Leslie Scalapino is the author if eighteen books of poetry, fiction, plays, and essays, the most recent of which are New Time and The Public World / Syntactically Impermanence (both published by Wesleyan University Press).