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Contemporary Poetry and Poetics



SHERMAN ALEXIE is the author of 21 books of poetry and prose. His collections of poetry include the recent Face (Hanging Loose, 2009), as well as One Stick Song (2000), The Man Who Loves Salmon (1998), The Summer of Black Widows (1996), Water Flowing Home (1995), Old Shirts & New Skins (1993), First Indian on the Moon (1993), I Would Steal Horses (1992), and The Business of Fancydancing (1992). He is also the author of several novels and collections of short fiction, including Reservation Blues (1994), which won the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award; and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), which received a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Among his other honors and awards are poetry fellowships from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts and a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers Award. In addition, he has received the Stranger Genius Award, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, a National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award. Alexie co-wrote the screenplay for the movie Smoke Signals, which was based on Alexies short story "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona." The movie won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998 and was released internationally by Miramax Films. He lives with his family in Seattle.

MARY BIDDINGER is the author of Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007).  Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Laurel Review, Memorious, Ninth Letter, North American Review, Third Coast, and many other journals.  Biddinger is the editor of the Akron Series in Poetry, and she is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Barn Owl Review.  She teaches at the University of Akron and directs the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

JARED CARTER has published four books of poetry, most recently Cross this Bridge at a Walk (Wind Publications, 2006). His previous volumes include Les Barricades Mystérieuses, After the Rain, and Work, for the Night Is Coming (winner of the Walt Whitman Award), all released by Cleveland State University Poetry Center.  His work also has appeared in many literary journals, including Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and TriQuarterly.

SUSANNA CHILDRESS is a recipient of the Life Career Poetry Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, an AWP Intro Journals Award, the 2003 Foley Poetry Award, sponsored by America: The National Catholic Weekly, and the Roy Crane Excellence in Creative Arts Award. Her work has appeared in Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, Mississippi Review, Missouri Review, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Her first volume of poems, Jagged with Love (University of Wisconsin Press), was chosen by Billy Collins as winner of the 2005 Brittingham Poetry Prize. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University. 

KATHARINE COLES books include four collections of poetry—Fault, The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension, A History of the Garden, and The One Right Touch— and two novels, Fire Season and The Measureable World. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry, and a number of other journals. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN, among many other organizations. She teaches creative writing and literature in the English Department at the University of Utah. In 2006, she was named to a five-year term as Utahs Poet Laureate. Coles is Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

ALFRED CORN has published nine books of poetry, a novel, and two collections of critical essays, the most recent titled Atlas: Selected Essays, 1989-2007, published last year by the University of Michigan Press. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. He spends part of every year in London.

KWAME DAWES is the author of thirteen books of poetry, as well as various books of fiction, criticism, non-fiction and drama.  His most recent collection is Hopes Hospice (Peepal Tree Press, 2009). He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina, where he directs the SC Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina Arts Institute. Dawes is also the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival that takes place each May in Jamaica.

SUSAN DONNELLY is the author of Morse Prize-winner Eve Names the Animals, (Northeastern University); Transit (Iris Press), and three chapbooks. A third collection, Capture the Flag, will be published by Iris Press. Publications include Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and many other journals, textbooks or anthologies. Featured twice on Garrison Keillors Poets Almanac, her poems recently won a prize from the online journal Persimmon Tree. Donnelly teaches poetry in classes and individual consultations from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

CORNELIUS EADY is the author of eight books of poetry: Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (2008), Brutal Imagination (2001), a National Book Award finalist; The Autobiography of a Jukebox (1997); You Don’t Miss Your Water (1995); The Gathering of My Name (1991); Boom, Boom, Boom (1988); Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1986), winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and Kartunes (1980). He is also co-editor, with Toi Derricote, of Gathering Ground (2006). Eady’s work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, The Running Man, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play, Brutal Imagination, won Newsday’s Oppenheimer Award in 2002. He has received the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Eady is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame.

CLAUDIA EMERSONs Late Wife won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Pharaoh, Pharaoh (1997), Pinion, An Elegy (2002), Late Wife (2005), and Figure Studies (2008) were published by Louisiana State University Press. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, New England Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, Smartish Pace, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and other journals. An advisory and contributing editor for Shenandoah, Emerson has been awarded individual artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and was also a Witter Bynner fellow through the Library of Congress. She was awarded the 2008 Donald Justice Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Currently serving as Poet Laureate of Virginia, she is Professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

PATRICIA FARGNOLI, the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2005 to March 2009, is the author of five collections of poetry. Her recent book of poems, Then, Something, was published by Tupelo Press in 2009. Duties of the Spirit (Tupelo Press, 2005) won the N.H. Jane Kenyon Poetry Award for an Outstanding Book of Poetry, and her first book, Necessary Light, (Utah State University Press 2000), won the May Swenson Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in various literary journals, including Nimrod, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poetry International, and Yalobusha Review.  

ANNIE FINCH is Director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of four books of poetry, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, Eve, Calendars, and the forthcoming Among the Goddesses: An Epic and Libretto, and has written or edited nine books about poetry, most recently The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self.  Her website is at www.anniefinch.com. "Each in Our Craft" was commissioned for a poet-painter collaboration.  An earlier version hangs with the painting in the University of Southern Maine's Stone House, home of the Stonecoast MFA program.

DAISY FRIED is the author of My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didnt Mean to Do It (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship. She was the Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, and she has been awarded a Pennsylvania Council in the Arts grant, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. She lives in Philadelphia.

REGINALD GIBBONS recent book of poems, Creatures of a Day (LSU Press, 2008), was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry.  In 2008 he also published a volume of new translations of Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments  (Princeton). He has published eight poetry collections, including Sparrow: New and Selected Poems (LSU 1997), Homage to Longshot OLeary (Holy Cow! Press 1999), and Its Time (LSU, 2002); a collection of short fiction, Five Pears or Peaches (Broken Moon Press 1991); a novel Sweetbitter (Penguin 1996); and other works.  He has translated Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda (California, 1977; reprint Sheep Meadow Press, 1999); Guillen on Guilen: The Poetry and the Poet (with A. L. Geist; Princeton, 1979); Euripides Bakkhai (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001) and Sophocles' Antigone (Oxford, 2003), both of the latter with Charles Segal, and Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (Princeton, 2008); he has edited The Poets Work, (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1989) and, with Gerald Graff, Criticism in the University (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1985). From 1981 to 1997, he served as the editor of TriQuarterly magazine. He also co-founded and edited TriQuarterly Books. Gibbons has held Guggenheim and NEA fellowships in poetry, and has won the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Prize, the Folger Shakespeare Librarys 2004 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, and other honors, among them the inclusion of his work in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He teaches at Northwestern University.

H. PALMER HALLs books include Foreign and Domestic (Turning Point, 2009), Coming to Terms (Plain View Press, 2007), and Reflections from Petes Pond (Pecan Grove Press, 2007). His work has appeared in various periodicals, including North American Review, Palo Alto Review, The Texas Observer, and many others, as well as such anthologies as American Diaspora and In a Fine Frenzy (both University of Iowa Press). He is a librarian at St. Marys University in San Antonio, Texas, where he also edits Pecan Grove Press.

GREGG HERTZLIEB is Director of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.  Hertzlieb is the editor of the books The Calumet Region: An American Place (Photographs by Gary Cialdella), published in 2009, and Domestic Vision: Twenty-Five Years of the Art of Joel Sheesley (2008), as well as a contributor to The Indiana Dunes Revealed: The Art of Frank V. Dudley (2006). He has been awarded the Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship by the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and a Conant Writing Award for Poetry from Millikin University.  His artwork has been exhibited widely, including at the Aron Packer Gallery, August House Studio, the Central School of Art and Design in London, Columbia College, Elgin Community College, the Goodman Theater, and Struve Gallery.

T.R. HUMMER is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, most recently a collection of poems, The Infinity Sessions (LSU Press, 2005), and a book of essays, The Muse in the Machine: Essays on Poetry and the Anatomy of the Body Politic (University of Georgia Press, 2006). His has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Richard Wright Prize for Literary Excellence, the Hanes Poetry Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. Hummer teaches creative writing and literature at Arizona State University.

ALLISON JOSEPH lives, writes, and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University, serves as the editor/poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and the director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer workshop for teen writers.  She is the author of five full-length books of poems: What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) and Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). What Keeps Us Here won the Ampersand Press Women Poets Series Competition. It also received the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. Her most recent collection of poetry is Voice: Poems, a chapbook from Mayapple Press in 2009.

DAVID KIRBY is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and essays, including poetry collections The House of Blue Light (2000) and The Ha-Ha (2003), both published by LSU Press, and a book of essays titled What Is a Book? (University of Georgia Press, 2002). His recent volume of poems, The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press), was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.

DORIANNE LAUX is the author of four collections of poetry. She is also the coauthor, with Kim Addonizio, of The Poets Companion. Among her awards are a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim fellowship. What We Carry (BOA Editions, 1994) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon (W.W. Norton, 2007), was the recipient of the Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux teaches at North Carolina State University and lives in Raleigh with her husband, the poet Joseph Millar.

FRANNIE LINDSAY’s books are Lamb (Perugia Press, 2006) and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2004). Her newest volume of poetry, Mayweed, is the 2009 winner of the Washington Prize, and it will be published by The Word Works in 2010. She is the 2008 winner of the Missouri Review Prize. Her work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Southern Review, Yale Review, etc.  She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Lindsay is also a classical pianist who lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

DIANE LOCKWARD is the author of What Feeds Us (2006) and Eves Red Dress (2003), both published by Wind Publications.  Her poems have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, Seattle Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.  Her poetry also has been included in anthologies such as Poetry Daily: 360 Poems from the Worlds Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillors Good Poems for Hard Times.  She was the featured poet in the spring /summer 2007 issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review. Lockward works as a poet-in-the-schools for both the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS is the author of the poetry collection We Generous (Red Hen Press, 2007) and a memoir, In My Fathers Footsteps (W. W. Norton, 2004).  His next book of poems, New Hope for the Dead, is forthcoming in 2010 from Red Hen Pres. He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004). Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and UNC-A’s Great Smokies Writing Program and serves on the faculty at Queens College Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry or prose has appeared in American Poetry Review, Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, New England, Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, The Sun, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Writers Almanac, among others. Matthews co-edits Rivendell, a place-based journal, and serves as the Creative Director of Asheville Wordfest (ashevillewordfest.org).

ERIC NELSONs poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Missouri Review, Poetry, Southern Review, and The Best of The Bellevue Review. His four poetry collections include The Interpretation of Waking Life (U of Arkansas Press) and, most recently, Terrestrials (Texas Review Press), winner of the 2003 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Nelson teaches creative writing at Georgia Southern University.

JOEL PECKHAMs first full-length poetry collection, Nightwalking, was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2001. His second book, The Heat of What Comes was released in 2008 from Pecan Grove Press. His reviews, essays, scholarly articles, and poetry have been published in numerous journals, including American Literature, Ascent, Black Warrior Review, Literary Review, Malahat Review, Mississippi Quarterly, North American Review, Passages North, River Teeth, Sycamore Review, Southern Review, Texas Studies in Language and Literature, Under the Sun, and Yankee Magazine. His poems have also appeared in anthologies, such as Contemporary Poetry of New England (University Press of New England) and Poets Against the War (Nation Press). Peckham is an Assistant Professor of American Literature at The University of Cincinnati, Clermont College.

GREG RAPPLEYE is the author of three poetry collections—Figured Dark (University of Arkansas Press, 2007), A Path Between Houses (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000), and Holding Down the Earth (Sky Books, 1995), as well as two chapbooks. A past Bread Loaf Fellow in poetry, Rappleye has won a number of awards, including a Pushcart Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, and the Brittingham Prize.

MARGOT SCHILPPs books are The World's Last Night (2001), Laws of My Nature (2005), and Civil Twilight (forthcoming in 2012), all from Carnegie Mellon University Press. She is at work on new poems. Schilpp lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and daughters.

MARTHA SILANO is the author of two collections of poetry: Blue Positive (2006) and What the Truth Tastes Like (1999).  She has received fellowships from the Seattle Arts Commission, Washington State Artist Trust, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and her poems have appeared in AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and The Best American Poetry 2009 anthology. Silano teaches at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.

JEFFREY SKINNER’s poems have appeared widely in literary journals such as American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Sentence, and Slate Magazine.  He has published five collections of poetry: Late Stars, A Guide to Forgetting, The Company of Heaven, Gender Studies, and most recently, Salt Water Amnesia (Ausable Press, 2004).  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Howard Foundation. Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville, he is also co-founder and editorial consultant for Sarabande Books. In the Fall of 2009 his play, Down Range, will premiere in New York City.

FLOYD SKLOOTs Selected Poems: 1970-2005 (Tupelo Press, 2008) won a 2009 Pacific NW Booksellers Association Book Award.  His sixth collection of new poems, The Snows Music, appeared from LSU Press in 2008.  He received the 2004 PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction for his memoir, In the Shadow of Memory (University of Nebraska Press, 2003). His recent memoir, The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writers Life, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2008. Skloot has won three Pushcart Prizes, a PEN USA Literary Award, an Independent Publishers Book Award, and two Oregon Book Awards.

DAVE SMITH is the author of Little Boats, Unsalvaged (Louisiana State University Press, 2005), his 14th collection of poetry, The Wick of Memory, New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000 (Louisiana State University Press, 2000), Onliness (novel, Louisiana State University Press, 1981), Southern Delights (stories, Croissant & Co., Ltd., 1984), and two collections of essays: Local Assays: On Contemporary American Poetry (University of Illinois Press, 1985) and Hunting Men: Reflections on a Life in American Poetry (Louisiana State University Press, 2006). He has edited The Essential Poe (Ecco, 1991), The William Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (William Morrow and Co., 1985) and The Pure Clear Word: Essays on the Poetry of James Wright (University of Illinois Press, 1981). Smith has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lyndhurst Fellowship, as well as the Virginia Prize in Poetry and an Award in Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He is the Eliot Coleman Professor of Poetry at Johns Hopkins University.

ALISON STINEs first full-length book of poetry, Ohio Violence, a winner of the Vassar Miller Prize, was published in 2009 by the University of North Texas Press.  Kent State University published her chapbook, Lot of My Sister, winner of the Wick Prize, in 2001.  Her poems have also appeared in such journals as Kenyon Review, New England Review, Paris Review, and Poetry, and her awards include a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Currently, Stine is a PhD candidate at Ohio University.

VIRGIL SUAREZ was born in Habana, Cuba and came to the United States in 1972. He lives and works in Florida, making his home in Key Biscayne. He is the author of four novels, two memoirs, two collections of stories, and eight volumes of poetry, most recently 90 Miles: Selected and New, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2005. His poems have appeared in many literary journals, including American Literary Review, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, North American Review, and Southern Review. Currently, he is at work on a new novel and putting the finishing touches on a new collection of poems titled Indigo.

ELIZABETH SWADOS is an award winning author and composer. She is a Tony nominated, Obie award winning theater artist, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship, as well as a Pen/Faulkner citation. Her latest book, At Play—Teaching Teenagers Theater, was published by Faber and Faber in 2006. Her other recent publications include My Depression (Hyperion, 2005) and The Animal Rescue Store (Scholastic, 2005). Her theatrical credits span from Broadway to Off-Broadway to around the world, including Runaways, Missionaries, and Jabu. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Barrow Street, Confrontation, Meridian, New American Writing, New York Quarterly, and Paterson Literary Journal. Her first book of poetry is The One and Only Human Galaxy (Hanging Loose Press, 2009). 

DANIEL TOBIN is the author of four books of poetry—Where the World is Made (University Press of New England 1999), Double Life (Louisiana State University Press, 2004) The Narrows (Four Way Books, 2005), and Second Things (Four Way Books 2008)—as well as a critical study, Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (University of Kentucky Press, 1999). He is also the editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge (Quale Press, 2007), and Poets Work, Poets Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art (University of Michigan Press, 2007). He has received the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Widely published in literary journals—including American Scholar, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, Paris Review, Sewanee Review, and Southern Review—his work also has been anthologized in The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, Poetry Daily Essentials: 2007, and elsewhere. He is Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College.

CATHERINE TUFARIELLOs first full-length collection of poems, Keeping My Name (Texas Tech University Press, 2004), was a Booklist Editor’s Choice selection for 2004, a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, and the winner of the 2006 Poets’ Prize.  She also has published a limited-edition letterpress book, Annunciations (Aralia Press, 2001), and a chapbook, Free Time (Robert L. Barth, 2001).  Her poems and translations from Italian have appeared in a number of literary journals, including Hudson Review and Poetry, as well as various anthologies, including The New Penguin Book of Love Poetry, Western Wind, Contemporary American Poetry, and The Poetry Anthology: 1912-2002. She is currently the Associate Director of Communications for the Project on Civic Reflection at Valparaiso University.

BRIAN TURNER is the author of Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005; Bloodaxe Books, 2007), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Book Award, the Poets Prize, the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, and other honors. He has recently completed a second collection of poems, Phantom Noise, which will be available from Alice James Books in April of 2010. His work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Georgia Review, Poetry Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation, and a 2009-2010 Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship. Turner lives in California and is working on his third collection of poetry.

CHARLES WRIGHT is the recipient of numerous awards for his poetry, including the National Book Award in 1983 for Country Music (Wesleyan) and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1998 for Black Zodiac (Noonday Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which also won the Los Angeles Book Prize, the National Book Critic's Circle Prize, and the Ambassador Book Award. In addition, he received the 2007 Griffin International Poetry Prize for Scar Tissue. His many other honors include an Ingram Merrill Fellowship in Poetry, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets Edgar Allan Poe Award. He is the author of many books of poems and essays, including Sestets (2009), Buffalo Yoga (2004), A Short History of the Shadow (2002), Negative Blue: Selected Later Poems (2001), Appalachia (1998), all from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Halflife: Improvisations and Interviews, 1977-87 (University of Michigan, 1989), a collection of essays and interviews. Wright has translated the work of Dino Campana and received the PEN Translation Prize for his translation of Eugenio Montales The Storm and Other Poems (Oberlin, 1978). Wright is the Souder Family Professor at the University of Virginia.




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