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Robert Wrigley

Professor Emeritus

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Robert Wrigley taught poetry writing.

  • M.F.A., University of Montana, 1976
  • B.A., English, Southern Illinois University, 1974

Robert Wrigley has published ten books of poems, the most recent of which are "Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems;" and in the United Kingdom, "The Church of Omnivorous Light: Selected Poems." 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 served as the state of Idaho’s Writer-in-Residence from 1986-1988. He is a Distinguished University Professor of English.

  • Poetry
  • Poetry Writing
  • Poetics
  • Literature

  • The Church of Omnivorous Light: Selected Poems, (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), in the UK
  • Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems, (Penguin, 2013)
  • Beautiful Country, (Penguin, 2010)
  • Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems, (Penguin, 2006)
  • Poems published in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry and The Yale Review.

* See CV for full listings of publications, research, outreach and awards.

  • Residency, Liguria Study Center, Bogliasco Foundation, Genoa, Italy, 2011
  • Pushcart Prizes (six since 1989, most recently 2009)
  • The Poets’ Prize (2003)
  • Kingsley Tufts Award in Poetry (2000)
  • Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1996
  • San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award (1997)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1978 and 1984)

M.F.A. Creative Writing

English Department

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200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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