Allen Grossman (1932-2014) was a poet and Professor who received his PhD at Brandeis University in 1960 and taught at Brandeis from 1957 to 1991. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed his Undergraduate and Master’s Studies at Harvard University. During his time teaching at Brandeis University he taught courses on poetry and poetics and the general Humanities course. He was the Paul E. Prosswimmer Professor of Poetry and General Education and one of the major proponents of University Studies at Brandeis. Professor Grossman was also an accomplished poet who received numerous accolades for his work, including the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 2009. In 1991 he became the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University where he taught until his retirement in 2006.