Galway Kinnell

Finalist, 2000 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1972 National Book Awards
Winner, National Book Awards 1983
Finalist, National Book Awards 1969
Finalist, National Book Awards 1965

Galway Kinnell was the author of ten books of poetry, including The Book of NightmaresWhen One Has Lived a Long Time AloneImperfect Thirst, A New Selected Poems, and Strong is Your Hold.
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A New Selected Poems

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ISBN 9780618021871 Houghton Mifflin

A survey of the author's work includes poetry from his eight collections spanning from 1960 to 1994. More about this book >

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The Book of Nightmares

The Book of Nightmares by Galway Kinnell, book cover
ISBN 9780395120989 Houghton Mifflin / Mariner Books

Galway Kinnell's poetry has always been marked by richness of language, devotion to the things and creatures of the world, and an effort to transform every understanding into the universality of art. More about this book >

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Galway Kinnell

Galway Kinnell was the author of ten books of poetry, including The Book of NightmaresWhen One Has Lived a Long Time AloneImperfect Thirst, A New Selected Poems, and Strong is Your Hold.

He also published a novel, Black Light; a selection of interviews, Walking Down the Stairs; and a book for children, as well as translations of works by Yves Bonnefoy, Yvan Goll, Francois Villon and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was raised in Pawtucket, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, and got a Masters degree at the University of Rochester.

He was the director of the adult education program at the University of Chicago’s Downtown Center, a teacher and journalist in Iran, and a field worker for the Congress of Racial Equality in Louisiana. He subsequently taught poetry at many colleges in this country and abroad.

A former MacArthur Fellow and State Poet of Vermont, he was a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. In 1982, his Selected Poems won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and in 2002, he was awarded the Frost Medal by the Poetry Society of America.

He taught for many years at New York University, where he was Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing. After retiring from NYU, he lived in northern Vermont until his death on October 28, 2014.

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