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October 4, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Galway Kinnell published ten books of poetry in his lifetime, 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 novella, 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 served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.  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 lived in northern Vermont until his death on October 27, 2014.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was raised in Pawtucket, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, and took a Masters degree from the University of Rochester.  He was the director of the adult education program at the University of Chicago’s Downtown Center, a teacher and journalist in Iran, and a field worker for the Congress of Racial Equality in Louisiana, and subsequently taught poetry at colleges in this country and abroad.

The Festival will honor Galway with a reading of his works by his Vermont friends and poets he influenced, listed below. We were honored to be on this earth during his life—he was a brilliant poet and a wonderful person. He will be missed.


October 4, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Centre Congregational Church
193 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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