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Chase Twichell

Chase Twichell is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems.


Chase Twichell: Master Class

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February 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

Chase Twichell: Wine and Conversation
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Chase Twichell was born in 1950, and grew up in Connecticut and the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2010).

She has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (twice), the Artists Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her work received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; The Snow Watcher won the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. She was awarded a Smart Family Foundation Award in 2004 for poems published in the Yale Review. In 2010, she received an honorary doctorate from St. Lawrence University.

Her 2010 volume of poems won both the Kingsley Tufts Award from Claremont Graduate University and the Balcones Poetry Prize. Other titles include Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2010); Dog Language (Copper Canyon Press, 2005); Perdido (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991); and The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach, which she co-authored with Robin Behn. She also co-translated Rabindranath Tagore’s The Lover of God (Copper Canyon Press, 2003) with Tony K. Stewart.

She has taught at Princeton University; University of Alabama; Goddard College; Warren Wilson College; Smith College; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; New York University; Vermont College of Fine Arts; The Vermont Studio Center; Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets; Hampshire College; Bread Loaf Writers' Conference; The Sewanee Writers' Conference; New York State Writers’ Conference at Skidmore College; University of Arizona Writers' Conference; and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She was Poet-in-Residence at Bucknell University.

Currently she serves as Chair of the Kate and Kingsley Tufts Awards Jury at Claremont Graduate University. A student in the Mountains and Rivers Order at Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, she and her husband, the novelist Russell Banks, split the year between the Adirondacks and Miami Beach.

She will serve as the Irving Bacheller Chair in Creative Writing.