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Galway Kinnell

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09/24/2010

Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1927. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and took a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Rochester. During his career in poetry, which spans five decades and twelve collections, Kinnell has received the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Frost Medal and a MacArthur Fellowship. In the nomination for the 2003 National Book Award, the judges called Kinnell “America's preeminent visionary” whose work “greets each new age with rapture and abundance [and] sets him at the table with his mentors: Rilke, Whitman, Frost.”

Kinnell’s volumes of poetry include Strong Is Your Hold (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); Imperfect Thirst; When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone; The Past; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words; The Book of Nightmares; Body Rags; Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock; and What a Kingdom It Was. He is the editor of The Essential Whitman. He has also published translations of works by Yves Bonnefoy, Yvan Goll, and François Villon and Rainer Maria Rilke.

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