Galway Kinnell is the author of ten books of poetry, including The Book of Nightmares, When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone, Imperfect Thirst, and most recently A New Selected Poems and Strong is Your Hold. He also published a novel, Black Light; a selection of interviews Walking Down the Stairs; and a book for children, as well as translations of works by Yves Bonnefoy, Yvan Goll, Francois Villon, and Rainer Maria Rilke.
A former MacArthur Fellow and State Poet of Vermont, he has been a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, and the recipient of the Academy’s Wallace Stevens Award in 2010. In 1982, his Selected Poems won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and in 2002, he was awarded the Frost Medal by the Poetry Society of America. He taught for many years at New York University, where he was Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing. He lives in northern Vermont. Photo Courtesy of Richard Brown
Although Galway was unable to read and sadly died at his home in Sheffield, VT in October 2014, we were able to celebrate and honor Galway in August at the Vermont Statehouse. We are grateful to Vermont Public Radio and Vermont Public Television for recording and filming this event.
Links to videos of the August celebration in four parts are below.
Nadell Fishman’s collection of poems, At Work in the Bridal Industry, was published in 2012 by Plain View Press. She received her MFA from Vermont College/Norwich University. Fishman taught in the Adult Degree Program of Vermont Collage/Norwich University for almost 20 years, as well as Central Vermont Adult Basic Education in Barre, VT. She lived in central Vermont for 31 years before moving to New York City where she now lives and writes.
Judith Chalmer is the author of a book of poems, Out of History’s Junk Jar, and co-translator with author Michiko Oishi of 2 collections of haiku and tanka. Chalmer’s poems have been published recently in the New Haven Review, Nimrod International, and Stone Canoe. She was 2012 first prize winner in the Newberger Prize at Lilith Magazine. She lives in Burlington, VT and is Director of VSA Vermont, a nonprofit that uses the arts to engage the capabilities and enhance the confidence of children and adults with disabilities.
Michiko Oishi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and has lived in Montpelier since 1997. She has BA from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and MA in Education from UVM. Before moving to Vermont she worked for Indo-Chinese refugees with a Japan International Volunteer Center in Thailand and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Laos. She teaches Japanese language and culture at Champlain College and works for UVM’s Asian Studies Outreach Program. Her first bilingual Haiku/Tanka book, co-translated with Judy Chalmer, Red Fish Alphabet, was published in Tokyo and the second book, Deepening Snow, was published by Plowboy Press in Vermont.
Ellen Bryant Voigt grew up in Virginia, lives in Vermont, and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She has published eight volumes of poetry, including Kyrie (W.W. Norton, 1995), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Shadow of Heaven (W.W. Norton, 2002), a National Book Award finalist; Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (W.W.Norton, 2007), winner of The Poets’ Prize and a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer. Her new collection of poems, Headwaters, appeared in October 2013, and her essays on craft have been published as The Flexible Lyric (University of Georgia Press, 1999) and The Art of Syntax (Graywolf, 2009).
A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a former Vermont State Poet, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the O.B. Hardison, Jr. Prize, for poetry and teaching, from the Folger Shakespeare Library; and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, where she was subsequently elected a Chancellor. Photo courtesy of Frank Wing
Ron Padgett grew up in Tulsa and has lived mostly in New York City since he enrolled in Columbia University in 1960. He has also spent time in Mexico, France, England, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, Albania, the Faroe Islands, Vermont, and China. Among Padgett’s many honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a poetry award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Shelley Memorial Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, he was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. His work has been translated into eighteen languages.
His most recent book, Collected Poems: Ron Padgett came out in November 2013. The book has received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Los Angeles Times Prize for best poetry book of 2013.
Howard Norman is a three-time winner of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a winner of the Lannan Award for fiction. His 1987 novel, The Northern Lights, was nominated for a National Book Award, as was his 1994 novel The Bird Artist. He is also author of the novels The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L, and Devotion. His books have been translated into twelve languages. Norman teaches in the MFA program at the University of Maryland. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Vermont with his wife and daughter. His upcoming novel, Next Life Might Be Kinder, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2014.