He studied English and philosophy at Tufts (where he met his wife, Paula; they have two grown children, Jill and Michael) and English at Columbia, and then spent six weeks at Harvard Law School before dropping out. In his mid-twenties, while copy-editing for a publishing company, he began writing poems and found his way to Kenneth Koch’s poetry workshop at The New School, which he credits with changing his life. Soon after, he was hired to teach English at (then) Pace College, where he eventually became the University’s first Poet-in-Residence.
The newly formed Poetry Project in New York City was central to North’s development as a poet. He went to numerous readings, published in Project magazines, served on the Advisory Board, and befriended other poets of his generation, including two who would become close colleagues, Tony Towle and Paul Violi.
BOOKS OF POETRY
Lineups (privately printed, 1972); Elizabethan and Nova Scotian Music (New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1974); Six Buildings (Putnam Valley, NY: Swollen Magpie, 1977); Leap Year (New York: Kulchur, 1978); The Year of the Olive Oil (Brooklyn: Hanging Loose, 1989); New and Selected Poems (Los Angeles: Sun and Moon, 1999); The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight (New York: Adventures in Poetry, 2000; rev. ed, 2001); Cadenza (Brooklyn: Hanging Loose, 2007); Complete Lineups (Brooklyn: Hanging Loose, 2009); What It Is Like: New and Selected Poems (New York/Brooklyn: Turtle Point/Hanging Loose Press, 2011); Elevenses (with Trevor Winkfield) (New York: Granary, 2017); North of Charles: Early and Uncollected Poems (Brooklyn: Hanging Loose Press, 2018).