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NYU Creative Writing Remembers Galway Kinnell

The NYU Creative Writing Program mourns the loss of Galway Kinnell, whose poetry, vision, and mentorship touched the lives of so many members of our community.

With Sharon Olds, Kinnell co-founded the Writing Program in 1981 and served as Director from that year until 1984. From 1991-2005, he was Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at NYU. Kinnell was beloved by students and colleagues alike, who recall him unequivocally for his kindness, generosity, and friendship.

One of the true master poets of his generation, Kinnell’s work spanned over five decades. In 1982, his Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and a share of the National Book Award. In 1989, Kinnell was named Poet Laureate of Vermont, making him the successor to Robert Frost. His many other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship and the 2010 Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement.

The video recording of the Galway Kinnell Memorial Reading (May 12, 2015) can be viewed here.