Katha Pollitt is an American poet, essayist, and a prominent columnist for The Nation. She has won many prizes and awards for her work including the National Books Critics Circle Award for her first collection of poems, Antarctic Traveller, as well as for the American edition of this book; two National Magazine Awards for essays and criticism; and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Whiting Foundations. She is also the author of Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. She lives in New York City.