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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Ellen Bryant Voigt is the 12th Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (1996)


Ellen Bryant Voigt, the twelfth Zale Writer-In-Residence at Newcomb-Tulane College, was born on Mar 9, 1943 in Danville, Virginia to a large extended family. As a child she learned to play the piano, a hobby that would lead Voigt to her future career. Upon realizing her musical talent, she chose to attend a Conservatory. It was here where she first encountered poetry. Immediately, “she felt a connection with her musical sensibilities and the intellectual exercises of creating poetry.” As a result, Voigt changed her academic interest to Literature and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Converse College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Ellen Bryant Voigt’s career path has been a colorful one as she has taught various literary related field throughout the country. After a short stint at the University of Iowa as a technical writer for the College of Pharmacy, Voigt went on to teach English at Iowa Wesleya College, literature and writing at Goddard College, creative writing at MIT, and writing at Warren Wilson College. Among these teaching pursuits, Voigt also served as the director of the writing program at Goddard College where she also developed and directed the first low-residency MFA program in the country.

In the town of Cabot, Vermont, Ellen Bryant Voigt married and raised a family.

Along with a very extensive teaching career, Ellen Bryant Voigt has received many prestigious awards. She has received the Discovery Award, the Pushcart Prize (in 1983 and 1991), the Hanes Poetry Award in 1994, and the Hardison Prize in 2002. Voigt has also received grants from the Vermont council of Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and has received the Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2002, she received the prestigious honor of being named the Vermont State Poet.

Voigt has written five books of her own poems, has won various awards, and has taught—or so scholars claim—at every writers’ conference in the country. She currently lives in Cabot, Vermont with her family.


Shadow of Heaven

Kyrie (1995)

Best American Poems (1993)

The Lotus Flowers (1992)

Two Trees (1992)

Mercy (with Kathleen Pierce: 1991)

The Flexible Lyric (Essays: 1990)

The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (1983)

The Antaeus Anthology (1987)

The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (1985)

The Forces of Plenty (1983)

Poetry in Public Places (American International Sculptors Symposium: 1977)

Claiming Kin (1976)

Messenger: New and Selected Poems (1976-2006)

Ellen Bryant Voigt also contributes to:
Nation, New Yorker, Atlantic, and New Republic, and to literary journals, including Shenandoah, Sewanee Review, American Poetry Review, Southern Review, and Poetry

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