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celebrates Hayden Carruth
Sam Hamill is the author of more than forty books, including fifteen volumes of original poetry, four collections of literary essays, and some of the most distinguished translations of ancient Chinese and Japanese classics of the last half-century. He co-founded, and for thirty-two years was editor at, Copper Canyon Press. He taught in prisons for fourteen years and has worked extensively with battered women and children. An outspoken political pacifist, in 2003, he founded Poets Against War, compiling the largest single-theme poetry anthology in history.
He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Fund, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission; other honors include the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing, the Washington Poets’ Association Lifetime Achievement in Poetry Award, two Washington Governor’s Arts Awards, a Western States Book Award, a PEN-Oakland Anti-censorship Award, a PEN Center/USA Freedom to Write/1st Amendment Award, and the Condecoración de la Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela.
In a career spanning six decades, Hayden Carruth has served poetry in every conceivable capacity. His oeuvre includes forty books of poetry and criticism, a novel, and one of the most celebrated and influential anthologies of the last half of this century, The Voice That Is Great Within Us.
Carruth was a long-time resident of Vermont and now lives in upstate New York, where he taught for many years in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. Carruth won the 1996 National Book Award for Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey, and his Collected Shorter Poems: 1946–1991 received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a nomination for the National Book Award. He has been the editor of Poetry, poetry editor of Harper’s, and for twenty-five years an advisory editor of The Hudson Review. The Bollingen, Guggenheim, and Lannan Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, have awarded fellowships to Carruth, and he has been presented with the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Vermont Governor’s Medal, the Carl Sandburg Award, the Whiting Award, and the Ruth Lily Prize.
unique, limited-edition & signed works
Toward the Distant Islands
New & Selected Poems
This “portable Carruth” gathers the essential poems from a major American poet, presenting lyrics, short and long narratives, comic, meditative, erotic poems, and reflections on the natural world. Note: signed by the editor, Sam Hamill.