Robert Wrigley is one of Penguin Press’ best-selling poets, and his ten collections of poetry include Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems (winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award) and Beautiful Country. Wrigley believes that poetry can influence the world and people’s lives rather than just reside within the confines of academia. He holds that “poetry can have a redemptive function. It can look at the chaos you see and make a kind of sense of the smallest part of it.” His poems are concerned with rural Western landscapes and humankind’s place within the natural world, and he aims to “tell all the truth, but make it sing.” His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and many other literary journals; his poems have reprinted three times in the “Best American Poetry” anthology, once in “The Best of the Best American Poetry,” six times in the annual Pushcart Prize anthology, as well as in the “Oxford Book of Twentieth Century Poetry,” among a host of other collections. His books have received the Kingsley Tufts Award, The Poet’s Prize, The San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He lives in Idaho with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes. Friday December 2nd, 6:30 pm at the Civic Center Auditorium.
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