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American Pulitzer Prize winning poet and educator. Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1927 and raised near Pawtucket. After attending Princeton University for a semester in 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy. Six months later he returned to Princeton and graduated summa cum laude at midyears in 1948, and then received his M.A. degree from the University of Rochester in 1949. After teaching at the University of Chicago from 1951-54, he taught creative writing and poetry at universities in Grenoble, Iran, Nice, and Sydney, Australia. In 1962, he returned to the U.S. and joined the Congress of Racial Equality and spent a summer in Hammond, Louisiana working on voter registration and workplace integration. His first volume of poetry, What a Kingdom It Was, was published in 1960. He went on to hold numerous poet-in-residency positions and to teach creative writing and poetry at several colleges and universities including the Graduate Writing Division of New York University where he founded and directed its creative writing master’s program. Until his retirement in 2005, he was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University. Kinnell has published 12 books of poetry, a novel (Black Light), a collection of interviews (Walking Down the Stairs), a book for children (How the Alligator Missed Breakfast), and translations of the poems of François Villon, Yves Bonnefoy, Yvanne Goll, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Among his awards and grants are the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award (for Selected Poems, 1980) for 1983, the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America in 2002, the 1962 National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships (1962, 1974), a Rockefeller Foundation grant (1968), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1969-70), and a MacArthur Genius Fellowship. He has also been the state poet of Vermont, and was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award (for A New Selected Poems).

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