Ellen Bryant Voigt
is the author of six books of poetry: Shadow of Heaven (2002,
a finalist for the National
Book Award), Kyrie (1995, winner of the Sara Teasdale Award and
a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award), Two
Trees (1992), The Lotus Flowers (1987), and The
Forces of Plenty (1983),
all from W. W. Norton, and Claiming Kin (1976, Wesleyan). Her essays
on writing have been collected in The Flexible Lyric (University
of Georgia, 1996); and she has co-edited both an anthology of craft
essays by the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA program, Poets
Teaching Poets: Self and the World (University of Michigan, 1996, with Gregory
Orr) and an anthology of poetry, Hammer & Blaze (University
of Georgia, 2002, with Heather McHugh).
Voigt developed and directed the first
low-residency creative writing program in the country, at Goddard
relocated to Warren Wilson College, where Voigt has continued to
teach). She has also taught at numerous writers' conferences throughout
the country and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She has received numerous grants and awards, including a John Simon
Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writing
Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts,
a James Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American
Poets, and the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger
Shakespeare Library. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American
Poets and was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
She also recently completed a term as the Vermont State Poet.