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Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt is the author of volumes of poetry, including Shadow of Heaven, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Messenger, a finalist for the National Book Award and for the Pulitzer Prize. Voigt was awarded the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, where she was subsequently elected a chancellor. Her poems have appeared in an array of national journals and anthologies, including The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. She lives in Vermont and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Books by Ellen Bryant Voigt

  1. Book CoverHeadwaters: Poems


    “Luminous. . . . Each reading reveals the tug of opposites, and in this tension the poet shows her brilliance.”—Library Journal, starred reviewMore

  2. Book CoverKyrie: Poems


    "Voigt's language dares to stir the dead, to remind us that we are temporary survivors."—Geoffrey WolffMore

  3. Book CoverMessenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006


    “Genius. Voigt is a poet of knowledge, and knowledge in the living, messy world.”—Robert Pinsky, Washington Post Book WorldMore

  4. Book CoverShadow of Heaven: Poems


    Shortlisted for the 2002 National Book Award in Poetry.More

  5. Book CoverTwo Trees: Poems


    “A mix of song and sigh, wisdom and simplicity, reminiscent of the work of both Frost and Bishop, Voigt is fascinated by the dualities of childhood and adulthood, mortality and immortality, humanity’s fall from grace and innocence and our constant struggle to impose a sense of order. . . .She guides us in a modest, detailed manner and exposes the humble patterns humans have woven in a chaotic world.” —Publishers WeeklyMore