Ellen Bryant Voigt developed and directed the countrys
first low-residency writing program in the mid-seventies,
at Goddard College, and helped move it to Warren Wilson
in 1981. A Guggenheim, Lila-Wallace and NEA Fellow, she
was Professor of Poetry at MIT for three years and has taught
at the Bread Loaf, Aspen, Indiana, Napa, Catskills, Sarah
Lawrence, Sewanee and RopeWalk Writers Conferences.
Voigt has published six books of poetry: Claiming Kin, The
Forces of Plenty, The Lotus Flowers, Two Trees, Kyrie (a
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and Teasdale
Prize winner), and most recently, Shadow of Heaven, a National
Book Award Finalist. She co-edited with Gregory Orr, Poets
Teaching Poets: Self and the World, a selection of craft
essays by Warren Wilson MFA faculty, and has also collected
her own essays in The Flexible Lyric. In 2002 she was awarded
the Merrill Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets
and the O.B.Hardison Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
She has just completed a 4-year term as Vermont State Poet,
was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and
was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.