DeWitt Henry was born on June 30th, 1941 in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Radnor High School in 1959. He received an AB from Amherst College in 1963, an MA in English from Harvard in 1965, and a PhD in English, also from Harvard, in 1971. DeWitt completed requirements for an MFA from the University of Iowa in 1968, but did not take the degree. He married Constance Sherbill in 1973 and they had two children: Ruth Kathryn Henry, born 1977; and David Jung Min Henry, born 1985. He is the founding editor of Ploughshares literary magazine, and was the active editor and director from 1971 to 1995. He acted as Interim Director of Ploughshares from June 2007 to October 2008. He has been a professor in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department at Emerson College since 2006, but took sabbatical leave in spring 2009.