Galway Kinnell

1927–2014
Galway Kinnell

Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island. After two years of service in the U.S. Navy, he completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton and earned a graduate degree at the University of Rochester. He published many books over his long career. His book, Selected Poems (1980), received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His other numerous awards and honors include the Bess Hokin prize and the Eunice Tietjens prize from Poetry magazine, a Brandeis University Creative Arts Award, a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award and several Guggenheim fellowships. Kinnell served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

What People are Saying

"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion