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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Nancy Willard is the 3rd Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (1988)


Nancy Willard, the third annual Zale Writer-in-Residence, is an author, poet, and writer of children’s book. Willard was born on June 26, 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts and PhD at the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts from Stanford. While an undergraduate, she received five Jules and Avery Hopwood Awards in poetry and essays.

Willard is in the author of twelve books of poetry, two novels, and four books of stories and essays. Alongside her writing career, Nancy Willard is also a distinguished educator having taught at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and at Vassar College.

Among many other honors, Nancy Willard has served as the Poet-In-Residence at Oberlin College and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for both poetry and fiction. The awards she has received include the Devins Memorial Award in 1967, the O. Henry Award in 1970, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979, and the Newbery Medal Best Collection in 1982.

Currently, Nancy Willard resides in New York.


Cracked Corn and Snow Ice Cream: A Family Almanac (1997)

The Good-Night Blessing Book (1996)

An Alphabet of Angels (1994)

The Highest Hit (1993)

Telling Time: Angels, Ancestors, and Stories (1993)

Sister Water (1993)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1993)

Beauty and the Beast (1992)

Pish, Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch (1991)

The Ballad of Biddy (1989)

Things Invisible to See (1988)

Firebrat (1988)

Strangers' Bread (1977)

Skin of Grace (1967)

In His Country (1966)

She has also published in: The New Yorker, Redbook, and Esquire

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