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~Frank Bidart Receives National Poetry Award~

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January 5, 2001


Mary Ann Hill
(781) 283-2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The Academy of American Poets has selected Professor Frank Bidart as the recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award. Given annually, the $150,000 award recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

Academy Chancellor and jury chair Louise Glück writes of Bidart's poetry: "Since the publication in 1973, of Golden State, Frank Bidart has patiently amassed as profound and original a body of work as any now being written in this country. He has given form for our age to what is most urgent and private in the human soul: the ordeals of solitude and mortality and hunger and, recently, that action through which being speaks: the drive to make or create….

"His work has been, from the start, remarkable in its disdain for the soothing, the sentimental, the facile, the partial. He is, in the feeling of our jury, one of the great poets of our time."

A member of the Wellesley faculty since 1973, Bidart teaches poetry workshops and 20th century poetry. His collections of poetry include Desire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997), which received the 1998 Bobbitt Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (1990); The Sacrifice (1983); The Book of the Body (1977); and Golden State (1973). He currently is co-editing a one-volume "Collected Poems of Robert Lowell" to be published later this year by Farrar Straus & Giroux. Bidart was educated at the University of California at Riverside and at Harvard, where he was a student and a friend of Lowell.


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