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C. K. Williams
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C. K. Williams

In 1936, C. K. Williams was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Wait: Poems (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010); Collected Poems (2007); The Singing (2003), which won the National Book Award; Repair (1999), winner of a Pulitzer Prize; The Vigil (1997); A Dream of Mind (1992); Flesh and Blood (1987), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Tar (1983); With Ignorance (1997); I Am the Bitter Name (1992); and Lies (1969).

Williams has also published five works of translation: Selected Poems of Francis Ponge (1994); Canvas, by Adam Zagajewski (with Renata Gorczynski and Benjamin Ivry, 1991); The Bacchae of Euripides (1990); The Lark. The Thrush. The Starling. (Poems from Issa) (1983); and Women of Trachis, by Sophocles (with Gregory Dickerson, 1978).

Among his many awards and honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize. He served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. Williams teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University and lives part of each year in Paris.


From the Image Archive
Poems by
C. K. Williams

My Mother's Lips
The Covenant
The Gaffe
They Call This
Ways Poets Go Crazy

Translations by
C. K. Williams

The Inn by Emmanuel Moses

Prose by
C. K. Williams

The Poetic Life
C. K. Williams on Barbara Ras's Bite Every Sorrow
On Whitman: Depths
On Whitman: Mortality
On Whitman: The Music
Transcript: C. K. Williams and Robert Fagles
Video: Having a Master

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