Brigit Pegeen Kelly's most recent book The Orchard (BOA Editions, 2004) was named a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. One poem from the collection, “The Satyr's Heart", was selected for a 2005 Pushcart Prize. Kelly's other poetry collections are Song (BOA Editions), the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and a Finalist for the 1995 Los Angeles Times Book Award, and To the Place of Trumpets (Yale University Press, 1988), selected by James Merrill for the 1987 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.
She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award and the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Additional awards and honors include a Discovery/The Nation award, the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Book Critics Circle.
Kelly's poems have been anthologized in five Pushcart Prize volumes and six Best American Poetry collections, and have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Nation, The Yale Review, New England Review, Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Massachusetts Review, and The Southern Review. Kelly teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois, and has also taught at the University of California at Irvine, Purdue University, and Warren Wilson College, as well as numerous writers' conferences in the United States and Ireland. In 2002 the University of Illinois awarded her both humanities and campus-wide awards for excellence in teaching.
To the Place of Trumpets, Yale University Press, 1987
Awarded the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment," Derek Walcott was born in 1930 in St. Lucia, Windward Islands, the West Indies. He graduated from the University of the West Indies, and in 1957 was awarded a fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation to study the American theater. He is the founder of the Trinidad Theater Workshop, and his plays have been produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Negro Ensemble Company. In 1969 he received the Eugene O'Neill Foundation–Wesleyan University Fellowship for playwrights. He has published five books of plays with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Dream on Monkey Mountain won the Obie Award for distinguished foreign play of 1971.
Mr. Walcott's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, London Magazine, Antaeus, and other periodicals. He has published eleven books of poetry with FSG, including: Selected Poems (1964); Collected Poems 1948-1984 (1986); The Arkansas Testament (1987); Omeros (1990); The Bounty (1997); Tiepolo's Hound (2000); and The Prodigal (2004). Mr. Walcott's Collected Poems: 1948-1984 won the 1986 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry.
Derek Walcott has won the Guinness Award for Poetry, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Cholmondeley Prize, the New Statesman's Jock Campbell Award, and the Welsh Arts Council International Writers Prize. In 1981 Mr. Walcott was a recipient of a five-year fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Walcott was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1988. The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, his Nobel lecture, was published by FSG in 1992. FSG has also published a collection of essays, Homage to Robert Frost (1996), that Mr. Walcott co-authored with Joseph Brodsky and Seamus Heaney, and What the Twilight Says, his first collection of essays, in 1999. In 2002 FSG published two collections of Mr. Walcott's plays: The Haitian Trilogy and Walker and The Ghost Dance. His most recent book, Selected Poems, was published in February 2007.
Selected Poems, New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1964
Margot Livesey grew up in a boys' private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published by Penguin Canada in 1986. Since then Margot has published six novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street (May 2008).
Margot has taught at Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon, Cleveland State, Emerson College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Tufts University, the University of California at Irvine, the Warren Wilson College MFA program for writers, and Williams College. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Margot is currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College and the John F. and Dorothy H. Magee writer in residence at Bowdoin College. She lives with her husband, a painter, in Cambridge, MA, and goes back to London and Scotland whenever she can.
Learning By Heart, Penguin, 1996
Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Ballistics (2008); Nine Horses (2002); Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001); Picnic, Lightning (1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Questions About Angels (1991), which was selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977).
A recording of Collins reading thirty-three of his poems, The Best Cigarette, was released in 1997. Collins's poetry has appeared in anthologies, textbooks, and a variety of periodicals, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Harper's, Paris Review, and The New Yorker. His work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize anthology and The Best American Poetry for 1992, 1993, and 1997. Collins has edited Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003), an anthology of contemporary poems for use in schools.
Collins has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1992, he was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as "Literary Lion" and in 2001 he served as the U.S. Poet Laureate. For several years he has conducted summer poetry workshops in Ireland at University College Galway. He is a professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York. He divides his time between Winter Park and New York.
The Apple that Astonished Paris, University of Arkansas Press, 1988
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