Biographies Galway Kinnell (1927-2014)

Galway Kinnell (credit: Richard W. Brown)

Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1927. He is the author of 13 poetry collections, including The Book of Nightmares (1971), Selected Poems (1980), and When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990). He is also the author of a novel, a selection of interviews, and a book for children, as well as translations of Yves Bonnefoy, Francois Villon, Rainer Maria Rilke, and others. Kinnell’s honors include the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Frost Medal, and fellowships from the MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Rockefeller Foundations. From 1989-1993 he served as State Poet Laureate of Vermont, and 2001-2007 as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Kinnell taught for many years at New York University, where he was Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing. Galway Kinnell died in 2014.

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