Galway Kinnell


Birthday February 1, 1927

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Rhode Island

DEATH DATE Oct 28, 2014 (87)

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American poet, Vermont Poet Laureate (1989-1993), and 1983 recipient of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His best-known works include Selected Poems, The Book of Nightmares, and Imperfect Thirst.

Before Fame

He studied at Princeton University and the University of Rochester before traveling to France on a Fulbright Fellowship.


He worked during the 1960s for the Congress of Racial Equality in Louisiana and was arrested for his pro-Civil Rights activities.

Family Life

He spent a quiet youth in Providence, Rhode Island and often passed his days reading the work of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe.

Associated With

He was greatly influenced by the literary work and lifestyle of poet Walt Whitman.