C.D. Wright

C.D. Wright has published more than fifteen collections of poetry and prose. One With Others was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Leonore Marshal Prize. Reviewing Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon, 2008), The New York Times noted: “C.D. Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.” Her collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster, One Big Self, focused on Louisiana prisoners, was honored with a Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies. She also received awards from the Lannan Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2004 she was named a MacArthur Fellow; in 2005, she was the recipient of the Robert Creeley Award. Wright is from the Arkansas Ozarks. In the mid-nineties, with a fellowship from the Wallace Foundation, she curated “a walk-in book of Arkansas,” a touring exhibition. She developed two state literary maps, one of Arkansas, her native state and one of Rhode Island. Wright is on the faculty at Brown University, and lives outside of Providence, Rhode Island.

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