James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1942. He is the author of 17 collections of poetry, including Dome of the Hidden Pavilion (2015); Worshipful Company of Fletchers (1994), winner of the National Book Award; and Selected Poems (1991), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award. Tate’s honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Tate was a distinguished professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst until his death in 2015.
Audio Recordings of James Tate
- Denise Levertov and James Tate reading and discussing their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Mar. 15, 1976.