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 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