Franz Wright '77 has won the Pulitzer Prize for Walking to Martha's
Vineyard, a collection of haunting poems that explore life and
"Franz Wright is one of the finest poets of his generation," writes
poet Lucie Brock-Broido, author of Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004). "He's
a genius of compression, of compassion, of passion. I know of no other book this
edgy, this shamelessly earnest, this wildly funny."
Wright has authored several other books, including The Beforelife published
in 2001, also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book ill lit: Selected & New
Poems was published by the Oberlin College Press in 1998. He and his wife
Elizabeth live in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Wright has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim
Fellowship, a Whitting Fellowship, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, among