A professor of literature at the Claremont McKenna College, is the author and editor of a number of books, among others Striving Towards Being: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Czesław Miłosz (1996). His conversations with Miłosz were published in The Paris Review and Books and Culture. In 1998 he organised the International Milosz Festival at Claremont, with the participation of Seamus Heaney, Adam Zagajewski, Adam Michnik and Miłosz himself. The festival materials were subsequently published in the Partisan Review. Faggen is the founder of the Miłosz Archive and Institute, as well as the head of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at Claremont. A graduate of Princeton University, he earned his doctorate from Harvard. He is the editor of the works of Robert Frost and the author of Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin (1997). He wrote the introduction to an anniversary edition of Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2002). Apart from the conversations with Miłosz, The Paris Review featured his interviews with Ken Kesey and Russell Banks.