Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in
1927. He studied at Princeton University and the University
of Rochester. His volumes of poetry include A New Selected
Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), a finalist for the National
Book Award; Imperfect Thirst (1996); When One Has Lived
a Long Time Alone (1990); Selected Poems (1980), for which
he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book
Award; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980); The Book of Nightmares
(1971); Body Rags (1968); Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock
(1964); and What a Kingdom It Was (1960). He has also published
translations of works by Yves Bonnefroy, Yvanne Goll, and
François Villon, and, this year, Rainer Maria Rilke.
Galway Kinnell divides his time between Vermont and New
York City, where he is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor
of Creative Writing at New York University. He is currently
a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.