Wright was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas to a chancery judge and a court reporter. She earned a B.A. from Memphis State College (now the University of Memphis) in 1971 and briefly attended law school before leaving to pursue an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas, which she received in 1976. In 1979, she took a position at the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, which exposed her to many of the leading proponents of language poetry. In 1983 she moved to Providence, Rhode Island to teach writing at Brown University, where she is Israel J. Kapstein Professor of English. Stephen Burt has described her as an Elliptical Poet.
Wright's early poetry was often narrative, but her later work has become increasingly experimental. Her poetry is strongly rooted in a sense of place and regional voices, particularly those of Rhode Island and the Ozarks. She has published literary maps of both Rhode Island and Arkansas. Her first and second books, Room Rented by a Single Woman and Terrorism: Poems, were published by Frank Stanford's Lost Roads Publishers.  Wright and her husband, Forrest Gander, began running Lost Roads after Stanford died in 1978 and Kinthompson went AWOL. Wright's later work includes String Light; Deepstep Come Shining, a book-length poem; and One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, a collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster. Her poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and many other anthologies.
- 1987 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 1994 Poet Laureate of the state of Rhode Island
- 1999 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, grant
- 2004 MacArthur Fellowship
- 2009 Rising, Falling, Hovering winner Griffin Poetry Prize
- 2010 One With Others, nominee National Book Award (Poetry)
- 2010 One With Others, winner National Book Critics Circle Award (Poetry)
- Room Rented By A Single Woman. Fayetteville, AR: Lost Roads, 1977.
- Terrorism: Poems. Fayetteville, AR: Lost Roads, 1979.
- Translations of the Gospel Back into Tongues. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1982.
- Further Adventures with You. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1986.
- String Light: Poems. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1991.
- Just Whistle: A valentine. Berkeley, CA: Kelsey Street Press, 1993.
- The Lost Roads Project: A walk-in book of Arkansas (with photos by Deborah Luster). Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1994.
- Tremble. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco, 1996.
- Deepstep Come Shining. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1998.
- Steal Away: Selected and new poems. Port Townsen, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2002.
- One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (with photos by Deborah Luster). Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms, 2003.
- also published as One Big Self: An investigation. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2007.
- Cooling Time: An American poetry vigil. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2005.
- Like Something Flying Backwards: New and selected poems. Tarset, Northumberland, UK: Bloodaxe Books, 2007.
- Rising, Falling, Hovering. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2008.
- 40 Watts. Portland, OR, & Denver, CO: Octopus Books, 2009.
- One with Others. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2010.
Audio / videoEdit
- An Evening with C.D. Wright. San Francisco: City Arts & Lectures, 2009.
- ↑ "C.D. Wright Interview with Kent Johnson for Jacket". English.uiuc.edu. http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/s_z/cdwright/johnson.htm. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
- ↑ "C.D. Wright Interview with Kent Johnson for Jacket". English.illinois.edu. http://www.english.illinois.edu/MAPS/poets/s_z/cdwright/johnson.htm. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
- ↑ "C.D. Wright wins high honor: Canada’s Griffin Poetry Prize | Today at Brown". Today.brown.edu. 2009-06-04. http://today.brown.edu/articles/2009/06/cd-wright. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
- ↑ "C. D. Wright - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Gf.org. http://www.gf.org/fellows/16096-c-d-wright. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
- ↑ Bryan Rourke (2009-06-02). "Brown prof’s book of poetry a finalist in an international run-off". The Providence Journal. http://www.projo.com/lifebeat/content/lb-poetaward_06-02-09_51EIM2H_v11.2840ab4.html.
- ↑ "Awards and Poets | Shortlists | 2009 Shortlist". Griffin Poetry Prize. http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2009-shortlist/. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
- ↑ "C.D. Wright, One with Others - 2010 National Book Award Poetry Finalist, The National Book Foundation". Nationalbook.org. http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2010_p_wright.html. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
- ↑ Search results = au:C.D. Wright, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 1, 2015.
- "Only the crossing counts," Slate magazine.
- excerpt from "Deepstep Comes Shining"
- C.D. Wright profile & 17 poems at the Academy of American Poets.
- C.D. Wright b. 1949 at the Poetry Foundation.
- C.D. Wright: Online Poems.
- Audio / video
- Griffin Poetry Prize readings, including video clips
- C.D. Wright at YouTube
- .mp3 recording of Wright reading from "One Big Self" during the Key West Literary Seminar, 2003
- Griffin Poetry Prize biography
- C.D. Wright (1949-) at the Encyclopedia of Arkansas
- C.D. Wright (1949- ) at Modern American Poetry.
- Three Questions with C.D Wright interview at PEN America, 2013.
- "Interview", Kent Johnson, Jacket Magazine
- Overview of Wright's work at Open Letters
- Ben Marcus on C.D. Wright
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