Adam Sol was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. He received his B.A. in English from Tufts University and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University. In addition to his poetry, Sol has published literary criticism, book and music reviews, and biographies for scholarly reference publications. In 2001, Sol was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to finish his second book of poems, Half As Good As Music. Meanwhile, he finished his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and began teaching part time at York University and the University of Toronto-Scarborough Campus. He lives with his wife, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and their son, in Toronto, Ontario.
About Jonah's Promise, Adam Sol says, "I used to joke that there were four kinds of Jewish-American poems: (1) 'I went to a Jewish ceremony and felt alienated'; (2) 'Isn't my grandmother cute and tragic while performing a Jewish ceremony at which I feel alienated?'; (3) Feminist retellings of Bible stories; (4) Cultural tourism about Israel and/or the Holocaust. But I want to write poems that deal with Jewish subjects from the inside-not as an alienated witness, but as a participant-and to explore the inherent difficulties of allying oneself with any community, religious or otherwise. Active, thoughtful participation in any community must include a certain critical understanding, and I hope these poems convey that sense of ownership, frustration, and belonging."