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Charles Wright in 2013. Photo by Slowking. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Charles Wright (born August 25, 1935) is an American poet whose awards include the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.


Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee. He attended Davidson College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

His published works include Chickamauga, Buffalo Yoga, Negative Blue, Appalachia, The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990, Zone Journals and Hard Freight. Wright's work also appears in Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.

Wright has published two works of criticism, Halflife and Quarter Notes. From 1966 to 1983, he taught at the University of California, Irvine. He is now a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and Souder Family Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.


Wright's awards include the National Book Award for Poetry (1983) for Country Music: Selected Early Poems and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (1998) for Black Zodiac. His translation of Eugenio Montale's The Storm and Other Poems won him the PEN Translation Prize in 1979. In 1993, he received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement.



  • The Voyage. Patrician Press, 1963.
  • Six Poems. David Freed, 1965.
  • The Dream Animal (chapbook). Toronto: Anansi, 1968.
  • Private Madrigals (limited edition). Madison, WI: Abraxas Press, 1969.
  • The Grave of the Right Hand. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1970.
  • The Venice Notebook. Boston: Barn Dream Press, 1971.
  • Backwater. Boulder, CO: Golem Press, 1973.
  • Hard Freight. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1973.
  • Bloodlines. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1975.
  • China Trace. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1977.
  • Colophons (limited edition). New York: Windhover, 1977.
  • Wright: A profile (with interview and critical essay by David St. John). Iowa City, IA: Grilled Flowers Press, 1979.
  • Dead Color (limited edition). Meadow Press, 1980.
  • The Southern Cross. New York: Random House, 1981.
  • Country Music: Selected early poems (includes Hard Freight, Bloodlines, & China Trace). Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1982.
  • Four Poems of Departure (limited edition). Portland, OR: Trace Editions, 1983.
  • The Other Side of the River. New York: Random House, 1984.
  • Five Journals (limited edition). New York: Red Ozier Press, 1986.
  • Zone Journals. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1988.
  • The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems, 1980-1990 (includes The Southern Cross, The Other Side of the River, and Zone Journals). New York: Farrar, Straus, 1990.
  • Xionia. Iowa City, IA: Windhover Press, 1990.
  • Chickamauga. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1995.
  • Black Zodiac. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1997.
  • Appalachia. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1998.
  • North American Bear. Winona, MN: Sutton Hoo, 1999.
  • Negative Blue: Selected later poems (includes Chickamaunga, Black Zodiac, and Appalachia). New York: Farrar, Straus, 2000.
  • A Short History of the Shadow. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2002.
  • Buffalo Yoga. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2004.
  • The Wrong End of the Rainbow. Louisville, KY: Sarabande, 2005.
  • Scar Tissue. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2006.
  • Littlefoot. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2007.
  • Sestets. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2009.


  • Wright: A profile (with interview and critical essay by David St. John). Iowa City, IA: Grilled Flowers Press, 1979.
  • Halflife: Improvisations and interviews, 1977-1987. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1988.
  • Quarter Notes: Improvisations and interviews. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1995.


  • Eugenio Montale, The Storm.Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College Press, 1978.
  • Eugenio Montale, Motets. New York: Windhover, 1981.
  • Dino Campana, Orphic Songs. Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College Press, 1984.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation.[1]

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Poet Charles Wright Reads His Work

  • The Tongue is a White Water (cassette). Washington, DC: Watershed Foundation, 1985.
  • Poets in Person: Charles Wright with J.D. McClatchy; Rita Dove with Helen Vendler. Chicago: Modern Poetry Association, 1991.
  • Charles Wright & Adrienne Rich (CD). New York: Academy of American Poets, 1997.

Except where noted, discographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

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  1. Charles Wright b. 1935, Poetry Foundation. Web, Jan. 7, 2013.
  2. Search results = au:Charles Wright + audiobook, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 20, 2015.

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