尼古拉斯·维切尔·林赛（Nicholas Vachel Lindsay）于1879年11月10日出生于伊利诺伊州斯普林菲尔德。六个孩子中的第二个，也是Vachel Thomas Lindsay博士和Esther Catharine Frazee Lindsay的独生子。Vachel直到八岁才上学。他的母亲在家里教他，母亲在结婚前曾是一名老师和艺术家。据说格林的童话故事是他的入门。他于1893年从斯图尔特学校毕业，他跳过了七年级，并获得了几项奖项。在年轻时，瓦切尔（Vachel）被鼓励跟随他父亲的脚步，因此作为一个尽职的儿子，他在希拉姆学院（Hiram College）招收，1897年作为一名预科学生。三年后，他写了家，并要求他的父母允许他允许他允许他上艺术学校。1901年，他被芝加哥艺术学院的学生录取，并开始追求插画家的职业。他花了一些时间阅读英语神秘诗人威廉·布雷克（William Blake）的作品，并认真地写诗。 He moved in 1904 to continue his studies at the New York School of Art and, while there, began to combine poetry and art. After hearing Lindsay recite one of his illustrated poems, "The Tree of the Laughing Bells," Robert Henri, a painter and teacher at the New York School, suggested to Lindsay that he devote himself to poetry. It was a turning point in the poets life. The years 1906 through 1912 were Lindsays troubadour years as he took his poetry to the people. He ventured out into the world on walking tours of the countryside, taking no money with him, instead trading his poetry for food and shelter. In 1920, Lindsay became the first American poet invited to recite at Oxford University and undertook his first national lecturing tour. Nicholas Vachel Lindsay died in 1931, his funeral attended by hundreds. Cables expressing Lindsays popularity and peoples great sorrow at his death came from all over the nation.