The Snow Poems is the most recent book of poetry by an author who has been called "perhaps the most imaginative, innovative poet writing today." Critics and readers alike recognize Ammons's achievement: in 1973, his Collected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry; in 1975, his long poem Sphere: The Form of a Motion was nominated for the National Book Award and received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry: in 1977, he received an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. The Snow Poems, Ammons's twelfth book, is a major achievement by a major American poet.
A.R. Ammons was born in Whiteville, North Carolina; he is currently professor of English in Cornell University.