C.D. Wright

I.J. Kapstein Professor of Literary Arts

Brown University

C.D. Wright, professor of Literary Arts, is winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in March 2011 for her most recent title, One With Others: [a little book of her days], which was also a finalist for the National Book Award and was selected as winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

C.D. Wright was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She has published over a dozen books, including Rising, Falling, Hovering, Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems, and a text edition of One Big Self: An Investigation, focused on Louisiana inmates. With photographer Deborah Luster, Wright won the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize for One Big Self from the Center for documentary Studies at Duke University. She has published several book-length poems including Deepstep Come Shining and Just Whistle. Wright has composed and published two state literary maps, one for Arkansas, her native state, and one for Rhode Island, her adopted state. Wright is former State Poet of Rhode Island and with poet Forrest Gander she edited Lost Roads Publishers for over twenty years.

Her honors include awards from the Wallace Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts as well as the Lannan Literary Award. In 2004 Wright was named a MacArthur Fellow; in 2005 she was given the Robert Creeley Award, and elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, Rising, Falling, Hovering won the International Griffin Poetry Prize.