Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at universities including those at Yale, Cambridge and Michigan.
In 1974, 1989 and 1993 Joseph Brodsky was a guest at the Poetry International festival in Rotterdam. In the righthand column you can listen to recordings of his poetry made on this occasion.
Read about Joseph Brodsky on Wikipedia.
Extended biography at Poetry Foundation.