Amy Clampitt

1920–1994
Amy Clampitt

Born in the small Quaker-settled town of New Providence, Iowa, poet Amy Clampitt grew up on her family’s farm, where she discovered a love for, and ease in, the natural world. An antiwar activist, she left the Episcopal Church after years of active membership because she felt the Church was not strong enough in its opposition to the war. Influenced by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson, Clampitt wrote poetry marked by an expansive use of language, weaving botanical names and foreign phrases into her musical, syntactically complex explorations of the natural and domestic worlds.

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion