Field grew up in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, where he played cello in the Field Family Trio, which had a weekly radio program on WGBB Freeport. His musical ambitions were cut short by World War II, in which he served in the Air Force, but the war also introduced him to another mode of expression. While convalescing, he received a poetry anthology from a Red Cross worker, and a new love was born.
Field’s poetry has won many accolades, including the Lamont Poetry Prize, a Shelley Memorial Award, a Rome Prize, and a Lambda Award, among others. He lives in Greenwich Village with his partner Neil Derrick, with whom he has written a multi-generational historical novel about the Village.