Ira Sadoff was born in Brooklyn and educated at Cornell University and the University of Oregon. Sadoff's poetry, short stories, and essays are widely published and anthologized. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Nation, among many others. His accolades include the Leonard Shestack Prize, the Pushcart Poetry Prize, and the George Bogin Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and multiple NEA and Guggenheim fellowships.
Sadoff has taught at the University of Virginia, the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and Warren Wilson College. In addition, he served as poetry editor for several literary journals and co-founded the Seneca Review.