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M.F.A. Columbia, 1972
B.A. Antioch, 1969
GREGORY ORR is the author of ten collections of poetry, including the forthcoming How Beautiful the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and the recent booklength lyric sequence Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Among his other volumes of poetry are: The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems, Orpheus and Eurydice, City of Salt ( Finalist, LA Times Poetry Prize), We Must Make a Kingdom of It, The Red House, Gathering the Bones Together, and Burning the Empty Nests.
He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2003, he was presented the Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also been a Rockefeller Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Violence, where he worked on a study of the political and social dimension of the lyric in early Greek poetry.
He is also the author of a memoir, The Blessing (Council Oak Books, 2002), which was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the fifty best non-fiction books of 2002.
His recent book, Poetry as Survival (University of Georgia Press, 2002) was characterized by Adrienne Rich as “a wise and passionate book.” Earlier prose collections include Richer Entanglements: Essays and Notes on Poetry and Poems (University of Michigan Poets on Poetry), and Stanley Kunitz: An Introduction to the Poetry (Columbia University Press). His personal essay was chosen to be broadcast on National Public Radio’s “This I Believe” series in the spring of 2006 and published in the anthology This I Believe.
He is a Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1975 and was the founder and first director of its MFA Program in Writing. He served from 1978 to 2003 as Poetry Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives with his wife the painter Trisha Orr, and his two daughters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Richer Entanglements: Essays and Notes on Poetry and Poems, University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series, 1993.
Stanley Kunitz: An Introduction to the Poetry, Columbia University Press, 1985.
Poets Teaching Poets: Self in the World (essays on poetry by teaching poets), co-edited with Ellen Bryant Voigt, University of Michigan Press, 1996.
In Pedestal and Iron Horse Review, biographical information and sample poems posted on Academy of American Poets Website.
Image, Smartish Place, Poetry International.
Library of Congress, BBC Poetry Program (London), Academy of American Poets, NYC, Cornell, Goddard, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Chapel Hill, University of Iowa and numerous other colleges and universities.
Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Slovak, Korean, Japanese, Ukranian, Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian.
New York Times Book Review, American Poetry Review, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Harvard Review, Washington Post Book World, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Valpariso Poetry Review, ALA Book Review, American Book Review.