Ron Padgett was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1942. He is the author of more than 20 collections of poetry, including New and Selected Poems (1995), How to Be Perfect (2007), and Collected Poems (2013), winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award. He has also written memoirs, novels, and nonfiction; his most recent book is the novella Motor Maids across the Continent (2017). Padgett won the 2016 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for Zone: Selected Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire (2015), and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Columbia University’s Translation Center. His other honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and a Shelley Memorial Award. He served as a Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets from 2008-2013. Padgett currently resides in New York City and Vermont.
Audio Recordings with Ron Padgett
- Ron Padgett reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Apr. 15, 1975