Czeslaw Milosz was born in Szetejnie, Lithuania, in 1911. He witnessed the devastation of Lithuania and Poland by the Nazi and Stalinist tides, survived World War II in German-occupied Warsaw with his wife, Janina, publishing his poetry in the underground press. After the war, he was stationed in New York, Washington, and Paris as a cultural attache from Poland. He defected to France in 1951, and in 1960 he accepted a position at the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980, and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate and winner of two National Book Critics Circle Awards, is a professor of English at the University of California at BerkeleyMilosz, Czeslaw is the author of 'Second Space Poems', published 2004 under ISBN 9780060745660 and ISBN 0060745665.