X.J. Kennedy was born in Dover, New Jersey in 1929. He is the author of sixteen poetry collections, including Nude Descending a Staircase (1961), Cross Ties: Selected Poems (1985), and In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems (2007). He has also written seven textbooks, not including additional editions, and nineteen children’s books. In addition, Kennedy has collaborated, as editors, with his wife Dorothy. His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Lamont Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. He served four years in the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet as a journalist and photographer. He was a former poetry editor for The Paris Review and in the early 1970s, he published the magazine Counter/Measures. Kennedy taught at the University of Michigan, Tufts University, Wellesley College, the University of California at Irvine, and at the University of Leeds. X.J. Kennedy currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Audio Recordings with X.J. Kennedy
- As part of the Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, X. J. Kennedy and Anne Sexton reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Oct. 16, 1972
- An evening of poetry in the comic vein X.J. Kennedy and George Starbuck reading their poems.