C.D. Wright

“Poetry is a necessity of life. It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.”


C.D. Wright (1949-2016) published sixteen collections of poetry and prose and served on the faculty at Brown University for decades. Her book One With Others [a little book of her days] was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize. She also received awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and in 2004 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Reviewing Rising, Falling, Hovering, The New York Times noted: “C.D. Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.”

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Keep up with the latest news on C.D. Wright's work, from new releases and up-to-date criticism to information on the Foundation for Contemporary Art's recently established C.D. Wright Award for Poetry.

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C.D. Wright published 16 collections of poetry. She won numerous awards for her work, including the National Book Critic Circle Award, the Griffin Prize, and a Macarthur “Genius” Grant.

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C.D. Wright was interviewed throughout her career by her fellow poets, friends, and critics. These interviews offer Wright's readers some of her most down to earth and vital ideas on poetry, politics, and life itself.

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C.D. Wright was one of our greatest and most natural readers. Enjoy here a variety of audio and video recordings of live readings, talks, and interviews spanning her long and luminous career.

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Casting Deep Shade: An Amble

a new book from C.D. Wright