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David Budbill (2011)

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Copper Canyon Press published David Budbill’s newest book of poems, Happy Life, this month. Garrison Keillor reads frequently from David’s poems on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. David received his first Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, in 2009. Also in 2009, he was inducted as a Fellow into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Letters. In October he will receive the 2011 Kjell Meling Memorial Award for Distinction in the Arts & Humanities presented by Pennsylvania State University/Altoona. David’s other prizes and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Play Writing Fellowship, The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for Fiction and The Vermont Arts Council’s Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. David lives in the southwest corner of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.