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C.D. Wright

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09/24/2011

One of America’s most compelling and idiosyncratic poets, C.D. Wright ”belongs to a school of exactly one” (NY Times). Born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, she is a radically restless writer, a composer of hybrid works such as Deepstep Come Shining and distilled lyric collections such as Tremble. Every title takes her further inside her subjects and extends the means and measure of her reach. Wright is concerned with a density of language, setting up a chain reaction using the least amount of verbal material.

She has published a dozen collections, most recently, One With Others, winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and finalist for the National Book Award. Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008) won the 2009 International Griffin Prize for Poetry. In 2007 Like Something Flying Backwards, New and Selected Poems was published in England. Her collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana was awarded the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize and a text edition was also released in 2007. Steal Away was on the international shortlist of the Griffin Trust Award. String Light won the 1992 Poetry Center Book Award.

Though her work is deeply connected to the Ozarks, Wright spent significant periods in New York and San Francisco before moving in 1983 to Rhode Island, where she teaches at Brown University. Among her other honors are a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Robert CreeleyAward and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.