Jay Wright was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1935. He is the author of 15 poetry collections, including The Homecoming Singer (1971), Transfigurations (2000), and Disorientations: Groundings (2013), and one play called Balloons: A Comedy in One Act (1968). He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, the Academy of American Poets, Princeton University, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Literary Award, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, Yale University’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, and the American Book Award. Early in his life Wright studied theology, winning a Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship, and served three years in the U.S. Army’s Medical Corps before dedicating his life to poetry. He has been poet-in-residence at several universities, including Yale, Talledega, Tougaloo, Texas Southern, and Dundee Universities. He currently lives in Bradford, Vermont.
Audio Recordings of Jay Wright
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Kenneth Koch and Jay Wright reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Nov. 15, 1976