Career Highlights

Education

Radcliffe College, B.A., 1946; M.A. 1948

Honorary Degrees – D. Hum. Lett.

  • Centre College, Danville, KY 1976
  • Davis & Elkins College, Elkins WV 1977
  • Regis College, Weston, MA 1979
  • New England College, Henniker, NH 1982
  • Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA 1983
  • University of New Hampshire, 1984
  • Keene State College, Keene, NH 1995
  • Bowdoin College, Bowdoin, ME 2001
  • SUNY Brockport, NY 2003
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 2006

Positions Held

  • Distinguished Poet in Residence, New England College Low-Residency MFA in Poetry, Henniker NH 2003 -2008
  • Doenges Professor, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton VA 2002
  • Visiting Professor, Florida International University, Miami FL, spring 1998-2000
  • McGee Professor of Writing, Davidson College, Davisdon NC spring 1995
  • Visiting Professor, Pitzer College, Claremont CA, winter, 1996
  • Chancellor, The Academy of American Poets, 1995-9; resigned in protest
  • Visiting Professor, University of Miami (Florida) spring, 1995
  • Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, 1991-4, 1979-84
  • Staff Member, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 1993-94.
  • Elector, Poets’ Corner, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1990-1999
  • Poet Laureate, State of New Hampshire, 1989-94
  • Master Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL 1984
  • Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 1984
  • Visiting Professor, Princeton University, Princeton NJ 1981-2; 1978-79
  • Poet-in-Residence, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 1983
  • Consultant in Poetry, Library of Congress, 1981-2 (renamed US Poet Laureate)
  • Hurst Professor of Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham MA 1975
  • Hurst Professsor of Literature,Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1978
  • Adjunct Professor of Writing, Columbia University,NYC, NY 1975
  • Visiting Professor, Centre College, Danville, KY 1973
  • Staff Member, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 1969-71; 1973, 75, 77.
  • Instructor in English, Tufts University, 1958-1968

Awards and Grants

  • 2011 Los Angeles Times poetry award for Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010
  • 2008 Paterson Prize for Distinguished Literary Achievement
  • 2007 Paterson Poetry Prize for Still To Mow
  • 2006 Robert Frost Medal, Poetry Society of America
  • 2005 Harvard University Arts Medal
  • 2001 Robert Frost Award, Plymouth State College
  • 2000 Charity Randall Award
  • 1999 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
  • 1998 New Hampshire Writers Project Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1997 New York Times Notable Book for Selected Poems 1960-1990
  • 1996 Centennial Award, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • 1995 Aiken Taylor Poetry Prize for Looking for Luck
  • 1994 Poets’ Prize for Looking for Luck
  • 1992 Sarah Josepha Hale Award, Richards Library, Newport, NH
  • 1986 Levinson Prize, Poetry Magazine
  • 1985 Fellowship, Academy of American Poets
  • 1983 Arts America tour, US Information Agency
  • 1980 American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters Award
  • 1978 Radcliffe College Alumnae Recognition Award
  • 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Up Country
  • 1972 Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize, Poetry Magazine
  • 1967-8 National Council on the Arts Fellowship
  • 1961-3 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study

Publications: Poetry

  • And Short the Season, W.W. Norton Co., 2014
  • Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010, W.W. Norton Co, 2010
  • Still to Mow, W.W. Norton Co., 2007
  • Jack and Other New Poems, W.W. Norton Co., 2005
  • Bringing Together: Uncollected Early Poems 1958-1988, W.W. Norton Co., 2003
  • The Long Marriage, W.W.Norton Co., 2001; finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets, 2002
  • Selected Poems 1960-1990, W.W. Norton Co., 1997; New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • Connecting the Dots, W.W. Norton Co.,1996
  • Looking for Luck, W.W. Norton Co., 1992
  • Nurture, Viking/ Penguin 1989
  • The Long Approach, Viking /Penguin, 1985-6
  • Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief, New and Selected Poems, Viking/Penguin, 1982
  • The Retrieval System, Viking/Penguin, 1978
  • House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate, Viking/ Penguin, 1975
  • Up Country, Harper & Row, 1972
  • The Nightmare Factory, Harper & Row, 1970
  • The Privilege, Harper & Row, 1965
  • Halfway, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1961

Publications: Memoir

  • The Pawnbroker’s Daughter, W.W. Norton, 2015
  • Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery, W.W. Norton, 1999
  • Publications: Novels

    • Lizzie!, Seven Stories Press, 2014 (Young Adult novel)
    • Quit Monks Or Die, Story Line Press, 1999 (animal rights mystery)
    • The Designated Heir, Viking, 1974; Andre Deutsch (England)
    • The Abduction, Harper & Row, 1971
    • The Passions of Uxport, Harper & Row, 1968, Dell paper, 1969
    • Through Dooms of Love, Harper & Row, 1965; Hamish Hamilton & Gollancz (England), Panther

    Publications: Short Stories

    • Why Can’t We Live Together Like Civilized Human Beings? Viking 1982

    Publications: Essays

    • The Roots of Things: Essays, Northwestern University Press, 2010
    • Always Beginning: Essays on a Life in Poetry, Copper Canyon Press, 2000
    • Inside the Halo and Beyond: Anatomy of a Recovery, W. W. Norton Co., 1999
    • Women, Animals, and Vegetables: Essays and Stories, Norton, 1994; Ontario Review Press, 1996
    • In Deep: Country Essays, Viking 1987; Beacon Press 1988
    • To Make a Prairie: Essays on Poets, Poetry and Country Living, University of Michigan Press, 1980

    Publications: Children’s Books

    • Sebastian and the Dragon, Putnam, 1960
    • Spring Things, Putnam, 1961
    • A Summer Story, Putnam, 1961
    • Follow the Fall, Putnam, 1961
    • A Winter Friend, Putnam, 1961
    • Mittens in May, Putnam, 1962
    • No One Writes a Letter to the Snail, Putnam, 1962
    • Archibald the Traveling Poodle, Putnam, 1963
    • Eggs of Things, (with Anne Sexton) Putnam, 1963
    • More Eggs of Things, (with Anne Sexton) Putnam, 1964
    • Speedy Digs Downside Up, Putnam, 1964
    • The Beach Before Breakfast, Putnam, 1964
    • Paul Bunyan, Putnam, 1966
    • The Wonderful Babies of 1809, Putnam, 1968
    • When Grandmother Was Young, Putnam, 1969
    • When Mother Was Young, Putnam, 1970
    • When Great Grandmother Was Young, Putnam, 1971
    • Faraway Farm, W. W. Norton, 1967
    • Joey and the Birthday Present, (with Anne Sexton) McGraw Hill, 1971
    • The Wizard’s Tears, (with Anne Sexton) McGraw Hill, 1975
    • What Color Is Caesar? McGraw Hill, 1978
    • The Microscope, Harper & Row, 1984
    • Mites to Mastodons, Houghton Mifflin 2007
    • What Color Is Caesar? revised & reillustrated Candlewick Press, 2010
    • Oh, Harry! Roaring Brook Press, 2011